Connecticut Scouting e-Bulletin

November 2, 2012 

"Be Prepared ... the meaning of the motto is that a Scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise." - Lord Robert Baden-Powell 
We Want to Know
In 25 words or less, why is your family involved in Scouting?
Email and be sure to include your name and unit affiliation. 
Read All About It
Ten Things Scouts Can Do To Help
Youth Protection in the BSA
Silver Beaver Award
Scout Night at SoundTigers
Who Gets Access To Your Unit Contact List?
Donate Your Car to Scouting
Will Sez!
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
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Doug Machin

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to our newest
Eagle Scouts


Peter Cantatore
Sean Condrin
Kenneth Darrah
Ian Francis
Douglas Herzog
Matthew Kubicsko
Alexander Lagas
 Conor McGuinness
Aaron O'Neill
Max Pelloth
Nicholas Rogoff
Oscar Roy.
Carry on the Scouting trail with the National Eagle Scout Association
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Did You Know ... 
Eagle Scouts are Eagle Scouts are 94 percent more likely than other Scouts to have a disaster relief kit in their homes. Also, Eagle Scouts are 124 percent more likely than non-Scouts to have a disaster supply kit kept in the home.
uty to God, service to others, service to the community, and leadership are traits that are especially strong in Eagle Scouts.  (Source: Baylor University) Learn more
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Members of Stratford EMS Explorer Post 4911 prepare to treat patients at the Bunnell High School shelter. Eight Explorers provided hurricane coverage side by side with Stratford EMS, EMTs and paramedics. The Post meets Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. at 2712 Main Street in Stratford. Photo courtesy of Michael Ingmanson.


Scouting Plays A Key Role  
in Responding to Hurricane Sandy


Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy over the past week. Our area is beginning to dig out and assess the damage, and we wanted to reach our to our Scouting family to see how you are doing and let you know we are here to help. 


Since its very beginning, Scouting has trained youth "to help other people at all times" and to "be prepared." There is no doubt that over the coming days and weeks our community will be reminded of the importance of Scouting and the training our young people practice each week. A number of our packs, troops and individual Scouters have already made a huge difference in helping prepare for the storm and I hope you join us in thanking them for their extraordinary efforts which have helped to save lives and property. We are already hearing great stories of our Scouts helping out with the recovery and clean up. Please send us your pictures and stories to


Our communities are currently assessing the full extent of the damage and we suggest reaching to find ways that Scouting can provide service to the community. Every community has different needs, but when asked, our Scouts will be ready to answer the call. One quick way to help is by contacting the American Red Cross at or calling 800-RED CROSS.

Scouting has responded to every emergency in our nation's history and now is no different. Scouting spirit is needed now more than ever. May God bless you and continue to watch over you and your families during this difficult time. 
Ten Things Scouts Can Do To Help
Safety first then Helpful! Although Scouts are taught to be helpful in emergencies, the BSA holds that safety is the most important concept. Here are some ways that Scouts can safely help their families, neighbors and community. 

First of all, keep in mind that your safety is number one. You cannot help others if you do not protect yourself. 

Youth Protection in the BSA
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Youth protection is of paramount importance to the BSA. Recognizing that this commitment requires sustained vigilance, the BSA has continued to develop and enhance efforts to protect youth. There are three key elements of our programs:

  • The BSA's multi-layered volunteer application and screening process includes local selection and screening, national criminal background checks, and verification that the applicant is not listed in the Ineligible Volunteer Files maintained by the National Council.    
  • Our education and training programs are specifically designed to teach Scouts, parents, and adult volunteers to recognize, resist, and report abuse-in and out of Scouting.  
  • We have established clear policies to protect youth participating in our programs, including our policy that prohibits youth from being alone with an adult in Scouting
If you have any questions about Scouting's Youth Protection programs, please contact your district executive 
Silver Beaver Award Nominations Sought
Silver Beaver Award Do you know a Connecticut Yankee Council Scouter who goes above and beyond in his or her service to youth? Of course you do, maybe you know more than one. Here is your chance to nominate these volunteers for the Silver Beaver Award? The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.

If you have a volunteer you'd like to submit, please click here for complete information
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.
Who Gets Access To Your Unit Contact List?

In your unit, is a Scout's contact info freely available or guarded like nuclear launch codes?

Two forces are competing here: Effective, efficient communication between families - and privacy. How do you straddle the thin line dividing the two?


That's what assistant Scoutmaster Leon wondered in an e-mail to Bryan's Blog last week. Follow this link to read on and share your own comments. 

Connecticut Yankee Council


60 Wellington Road
Milford, CT 06461


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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.