Connecticut Scouting e-Bulletin

September 21, 2012 

"An invaluable step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual."
- Lord Robert Baden-Powell 
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Boots & Suits Gala
Fright Night at Deer Lake
CPR & First Aid Training
DEEP Badge Days
Scout Night at SoundTigers
Health & Safety Corner
20 Questions For Eagle Boards
Unit Charter Fee Changes
Go High Tech With Fall Recruiting
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
Council Leadership


Council President

Doug Machin

Council Commissioner
Scout Executive

 Dustin Shaver

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 Hamden, Meriden, North Haven, Southington and Wallingford

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Serving Bethany, Milford, Orange, West Haven and Woodbridge

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Miguel Holmes
Richard Infante, Jr
Brian Johnson
Colby Johnson
Christopher McCauley
Christopher Olsen
Eric Rasmussen
James Rodi
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Scouting Changes Lives


It has been a true pleasure to spend the past several weeks getting to know Connecticut and the Scouters of Connecticut Yankee Council! One thing is very apparent from my travels. The Scouting program is alive and well in Southwest Connecticut. Our Troops, Packs, Crews and Posts are active and alive serving the youth of our communities and changing lives in the process. 


Make no mistake, the Scouting program does changes lives. What we do in the Boy Scouts of America is critical to the future of our communities and nation. Perhaps that sounds grandeous or meolodramatic to some, but not to me. I have witnessed that our communities are led and shaped by those who were involved in our programs in their youth. We teach young people to become active and involved, to interact with the community and make it a better place to live. We not only change the lives of the youth we serve, but we also change the face of our communities.


Because we play such a vital role we can never become complacent or believe that good enough is good enough. We face real challenges as a community of Scouters. If we are going to continue to make Southwest Connecticut a good place to live and for children to grow, we must face those challenges head on.


The Connecticut Yankee Council strives to provide facilities and services that match the talents and dedication of our volunteers. In recent years we have made significant strides toward that goal, but we aren't there yet. Many of you may have noticed the upgrades at Camp Sequassen and of course the new facilities to accommodate Cub Scout Resident Camp at Deer Lake. At the same time the level of staffing and outreach into our hardest-to-serve communities has had to pull back. We lack the financial wherewithal to deliver those services in the manner we desire. It is now time to communicate to our stake holders and bring them with us as we seek to develop the resources to properly serve our volunteers. 


You can play a key role in that process. Our staff stands ready to go wherever we need to be to communicate the story of Scouting. We seek to engage our community and tell them the difference that Scouting makes not just for each individual youth, but for their community as a whole. When you see an appropriate forum for this discussion we would welcome an invitation to participate. 


On behalf of the Connecticut Yankee Council, I want to say Thank You. Thank you for your dedication, your passion, your support and your time. Because of it thousands of lives are being changed and set in the right direction. None of it would be possible without you. It is an honor to serve you as Scout Executive.

- Dustin Shaver, Scout Executive

A Night To Support Our Camps
We are thrilled to invite you to our upcoming Boots & Suits Gala on Saturday, Nov. 17. If you missed last year's event, you won't want to miss it again this year! Scouters from all our programs, Cub Scouts to Venturing, are invited. Bring your friends too so we can spread the message about the great programs we have at our camps and facilities. We return to the Waterview in Monroe for a fantastic meal, dancing to music by the "Silver Streaks," auctions, fellowship and just plain fun! 

Visit our website at for more information and to register. If you have questions, contact
Fright Night at Deer Lake

Join us for an evening of hayrides, pumpkin decorating, crafts and a tour of the haunted trail at Deer Lake Scout Reservation. You can even visit the haunted barn ... if you have the nerve. Fun, frights and food for all. Come celebrate Halloween in style. This is a great first activity for many Cub Scouts! The event is Saturday, October 20. 

CPR & First Aid Training Oct. 6
 If you're a Scout leader with an active outdoor program and/or planning a high adventure, this is the course for you. Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Darien Scout Cabin, 140 West Avenue. Cub Scout and Venturing leaders can sign up for this course as well. It allows you to meet the Tour Plan requirements and "be prepared" to handle emergencies. This is a certification by the American Safety and Health Institute recognized by the Boy Scouts of America.

DEEP Badge Days - Forester & Naturalist

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is offering two Badge days for Webelos at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby. Forester Badge is offered on Saturday, October 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and Naturalist Badge is offered on Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon. To register, please call the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 to check availability. The follow the link below to download a detailed registration form. 


BSA Adds NASCAR to Its Racing Lineup

Start your engines! The Boy Scouts of America has recently announced that they are entering the action-packed world of NASCAR. This means that more and more people will hear about Scouting and learn about the movement's relevance to today's youth. Kickoff this relationship is the first ever race with the BSA's Team SLR on ESPN this Saturday, September 22 at 3:30 p.m. EST. We look forward to rooting for the #8 HybridLight BSA car at this race and many more in the future. 

Scout Night at the Sound Tigers
Join us as we cheer on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at our annual Scout Night on Friday, Nov. 23. This is the first time we're offering an overnight option. The package includes VIP Post Game immediately following the Sound Tigers game, free patch for all Scouts in attendance, special post-game autograph session, and a light continental breakfast for those who camp overnight. Follow the link for a detailed registration form.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety - Communications, Plans & Notices, and First-Aid Resources
LOGO - Health & Safety

Communications - The supervisor needs to be able to communicate effectively with participants as needed during the activity. Emergency communications also need to be considered in advance for any foreseeable contingencies. 


Plans and Notices - BSA tour and activity plans, council office registration or landowner authorization, and any similar formalities are the supervisor's responsibility when such are required. Appropriate notification should be directed to parents, enforcement authorities, landowners and others as needed, before and after the activity. 


First-Aid Resources - The supervisor should determine what first-aid supplies to include among the activity equipment. The level of first-aid training and skill appropriate for the activity should also be considered. An extended trek over remote terrain obviously may require more first aid resources and capabilities than an afternoon activity in the local community. Whatever is determined to be needed should be available. 


For questions on Scouting Safety, please contact John Braddock from the Council's Risk Management committee at

20 Questions To Ask At Your Next Eagle Board

Forget that sit-down with the hiring supervisor at Subway. When it comes to life-changing interviews for a teenager, you can't top the Eagle Scout Board of Review. For some Scouts, the thought of answering a barrage of questions from adults is worse than a trip to the dentist. Turns out, though, that the boy often isn't the only nervous person in the room.


Read the complete article here.

Unit Charter Fee Changes
Old BSA Charter
Two big changes are coming in 2013 that will impact every registered Scout unit: 
  1. What is now known as the "unit charter fee" will change its name to the more descriptive "unit liability insurance fee."
  2. The cost of this fee will increase from $20 a year to $40 a year. 
  3. There is no increase in the annual registration fee for individuals. 
Every Scout unit -- packs, troops, crews, ships and posts -- must pay the fee each year, and every penny of this fee goes into the general liability insurance program, providing coverage for claims alleging negligent actions that result in either personal injury or property damage. Click here to learn more about what your unit can do now to prepare. 
Go High Tech in Your Recruiting This Fall
At a conference recently, we learned that the old adage that it takes seven "touches" for someone to react to a message just doesn't cut it any more. In today's fast paced society, it's becoming more and more like 10 "touches" at least. What that means is that the old method of distributing flyers in the school folders and expecting parents to show up for the recruiting night isn't going to cut it any more. 

Following along with our fall "Badge of Honor" recruiting theme, National BSA has developed a series of downloadable posters, web banners, e-mail templates and other tools that you can use in your recruiting efforts. They're available at the click of a mouse

For more recruiting ideas or to share your best practices with others, contact your district membership chairman or your district executive. 
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.