Connecticut Scouting e-Bulletin

June 1, 2012 

"An invaluable step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual."
- Lord Robert Baden-Powell 
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Last Chance for Bluefish Tickets
Me & My Shadow
New Merit Badge Workshop Debuts in October
Dustin Shaver to Take CYC Helm on June 16
Eagle Stories
Register For Wood Badge
Silver Antelope Award
New Csatari Print Unveiled

Day Camp 2012
It's not too late to sign up your son for Cub Scout Day Camp this year. Seven weeks, three locations to choose from ... incredible memories and fun to bring home. 
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Council Leadership


Council President

Doug Machin

Council Commissioner
Scout Executive

Lou Salute

Serving Branford, East Haven, Guiford, Madison, New Haven, North Branford

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Serving Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport

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Serving Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton

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Serving Hamden, Meriden, North Haven, Southington and Wallingford

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Serving Bethany, Milford, Orange, West Haven and Woodbridge

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to our newest
Eagle Scouts


Benjamin Burt.
Matthew Kinney
Matthew Morabito
James Rambadt II
Daniel Recalde
Matthew Russo
Kevin Schulze
Yuvraj Sidhu
Christian Spaar
Edward Walsh
Holden Ward
Daniel Wellen
John Zdrowski
Carry on the Scouting trail with the National Eagle Scout Association
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Did You Know ... 
Eagle Scouts are more likely to be committed to setting and achieving personal, professional, spiritual and financial goals. (Source: Baylor University)
LOGO - Health & Safety
Health & Safety - Sweet 16 Part 1


Few youth organizations encompass the breadth, volume, and diversity of physical activity common to Scouting, and none enjoy a better safety record. The key to maintaining and improving this exemplary record is the conscientious and trained adult leader who is attentive to safety concerns. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgement and common sense, are applicable to all activities. We will be addressing then in 5 parts.

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Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner 2012 


Over 100 Eagle Scouts and their parents, along with sponsors and mentors will gather in the Good Turn Dining Hall at Deer Lake on Sunday, June 10 to celebrate these young men's accomplishments. This annual event is one of the premier dinners of the Council, and there's still an opportunity for you to come and show your support for their remarkable achievement. Click here for more information


This year's keynote speaker is Bill Jennings, President of Bridgeport Hospital and an Eagle Scout himself. Bill leads one of the largest employers in our area and will speak about how the leadership, skills and values these boys have learned as Eagle Scouts, truly do make an impact on their future careers. 


We are especially in need of adult mentors willing to share their experience with Eagle Scouts. 


2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of the first Eagle Scout Award making this year doubly special for these young men. Join us at the dinner and be a part of making this event one that these Eagle Scouts won't soon forget. 

Last Chance for Scout Night at Bluefish!
Kickoff summer with a great game of baseball, an evening of fun for the entire family, and a campout in the outfield at the annual Scout Night at the Bluefish on Saturday, June 16. It doesn't get any easier or more fun for Cub Scout families. $16 a ticket gets you the pre-game parade, a great game, campout and of course a patch. Plus we've got fireworks. Ticket orders must be in no later than June 10. Click here to download a registration form 
Bring Your Shadow to Hoyt on June 16-17

All Cub Scouts are invited to Hoyt Scout Reservation for the annual Me & My Shadow event with the theme of Patriot Games. Bring your Scout spirit and go through a Colonial-era boot camp Live a soldiers' life for the day, play some games and earn your stripes. BB-guns, sling shots, obstacle course, musket demo and more. This event is limited to the first 150 Scouts. Contact Keith Watson for more information. 

A New Merit Badge Workshop For 2012
The Connecticut Yankee Council is teaming up with the Connecticut Building Trades Unions to offer a merit badge workshop on October 12-13 for Scouts 13 and older. Scouts can learn directly from skilled tradesmen who will offer American Labor, Architecture, Electricity, Engineering, Metalwork, Painting, Plumbing, Surveying, Welding and Woodwork Merit Badges. It's like Camp Sikorsky with power tools. Online registration goes live on July 1. Check the website for complete details 
Dustin Shaver Selected To Take CYC Helm as Scout Executive
Dustin Shaver signs his contract with Council President Doug Machin.
Council President Doug Machin is pleased to announce that Dustin Shaver has been chosen as the next Scout Executive of the Connecticut Yankee Council effective June 16, 2012. Lou Salute is retiring on June 30 after 37 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America, and nine years to the Connecticut Yankee Council. Dustin comes from Colorado Springs, Colorado with a proven track record as a Professional Scouter, most recently serving as Scout Executive of the Pikes Peak Council. Dustin has previously served as District Executive and Field Director in Sioux Council, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Director of Field Services, with the Pacific Harbors Council, in Tacoma, Washington. Dustin, an Eagle Scout and his wife, Bobbi, have three children. Please join us in welcoming Dustin as he leads our Council into the second century of Scouting. 
Eagle Stories - 'Paying it Forward'

100th NESA Logo Transparent "I was a Cub Scout in Pack 4 and crossed over to Troop 4 in Hingham, Mass. in the fall of 1977, and Scouting meant camping out 1 weekend a month and freedom from a very protective mother at the time. I remember having a very tough ASM, who constantly challenged me whenever I had my board of review with him. I didn't get it at the time, but he was pushing me to do better, challenging myself to exceed, and pushing for me to finish Eagle. Thru Scouts, I learned I liked helping people get things done, teaching them how to cook, lead, sharing what I knew, and learning what I didn't.


When I was 14 or 15 we started an Explorer post, and my advancement in Scouts had slowed, and I was busier, with 2 weekends camping a month and being explorer leader.  This ASM, my Webelos leader, and father of a fellow friend and scout, entered the hospital shortly before my 17th Birthday, He passed away a month later at 43, and I was a pallbearer in my Scout uniform, at his funeral.  I knew then I had to finish my Eagle, and I would do it to help honor him, and all the time he put into me.  I submitted my paperwork three days before my birthday, and dedicated my Eagle award to him, and all the other leaders and Scouts before me that helped out.  From that point on I got what Scouts was all about, and the same attitude about helping people continues to guide me today.  I hope to inspire others to achieve and pay it forward for them."


- Dennis Ames
Eagle Scout


If you are an Eagle Scout, we'd like to know what it means to you. Send a note (300 words or less) to and we'll share in future editions of this newsletter. 

Wood Badge Early Bird Extended
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Is 2012 your year to take Wood Badge, Scouting's premier adult leadership training course? This training, founded by Baden Powell in 1919 and full of modern day management principles and leadership essentials, focuses on preparing adults to deliver the promise of Scouting, in a fun atmosphere. The course is August 24-26 and September 28-30 at Deer Lake. The staff has been preparing for nearly a year ... are you ready to join them in August? 

The Early Bird Registration Deadline has been extended to June 15, so take advantage of this discount and make your registration today. Visit to learn more. 
Silver Antelope Award
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Sadock, Eagle Scout, past Council President, and currently Northeast Region Vice President of Marketing on receiving the Silver Antelope Award at the Boy Scouts of America National Meeting. Dr. Sadock and his wife Nancy live in Riverside.  
New Csatari Print Unveiled at National Meeting
Csatari Portrait Celebrates 100 Years of Eagles
Csatari Portrait Celebrates 100 Years of Eagles

Joseph Csatari's latest work of art was unveiled at this morning's Americanism Breakfast at the Boy Scouts of America's 2012 National Annual Meeting. The piece celebrates this year's 100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout award, first presented to Arthur Eldred in August 1912. To order a print on high-quality paper ($60), an unframed canvas print ($150), or framed canvas print ($300), go here.

Connecticut Yankee Council


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The Connecticut Yankee Council will carry out the mission of the Boy Scouts of America in every community in our Council by providing leadership opportunities for all youth through quality programs, mentoring from trained adult volunteers and ongoing learning and personal development through outdoor experiences.


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