Connecticut Scouting e-Bulletin

November 21, 2012 

"We must change boys from a 'what can I get' to a 'what can I give' attitude." 
- Lord Robert Baden-Powell 
This newsletter and the many other programs and services of the Council, are possible due to your support of Friends of Scouting. As we wrap up the 2012 campaign, there's still a chance to make your own tax-deductible gift to support local Scouting.
Thank you.   
Read All About It
Boots & Suits Gala Wrap Up
Wood Badge Back Patch On Sale
Scout Day at UCONN
A Guide to Square Knots
See Train at the Jamboree
Youth Protection in the BSA
Donate Your Car to Scouting
Will Sez!
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
Council Leadership


Council President

Doug Machin

Council Commissioner

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

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to our newest
Eagle Scouts


Christian Ball
Seth Baldwin
Derek Bottomley
Theodore Boynton
Michael DiBuduo
Joseph Mayglothling
Luther Niper II
Andrew Read
Alexander Roehl.
Alexander Socha
Antonio Sodaro
David Soerensen
Nicholas White
John Wilson
Jeffrey Zakrzewski
Carry on the Scouting trail with the National Eagle Scout Association
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Did You Know ... 
Eagle Scouts show higher levels of planning and preparedness than do other Scouts and non-Scouts.  (Source: Baylor University) Learn more
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Happy Thanksgiving! 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thought we would share this Thanksgiving prayer written by Michael Bowman. By any measure, this has been a great year for Scouting and it is simply not possible without the talent, effort and energy of thousands of adult volunteers and 17,000 young people all learning and growing in Scouting. We are thankful for our family, our friends, our health and thankful to you for your role in achieving the mission of Scouting. 


A Scouter's Thanksgiving Prayer


With reverance in our hearts, We, your many children of many beliefs,  united in common purpose,  gather to offer this our humble prayer, in thanksgiving: 

 As Scouters we are thankful for: The many gifts and talents 

given to our fellow Scouters, and to ourselves;

The freedom we have to join together and as a team 
accomplish more than any of us could alone;

The opportunity to be of service to young people, 
parents, other Scouters and our community;

Our joy at seeing so many young people become excited 
as they grow and are able to meet challenges;

Being reminded by their ceremonies and legends that he
who serves his fellows, is of his fellows greatest;

And most importantly we are thankful for the gift of knowing
that our prayers are heard.

We each in own way take this moment to silently 
add our own thanksgivings;

With thanks in our hearts we offer our prayers 
and ask that You, 
the Great Scoutmaster of All Scouts, 

be with each of us until we meet again. 

Boots & Suits Gala Was a Great Night
For the 180 guests who attended the Council's second annual Boots & Suits Gala, it was a wonderful night of dancing, dining and bidding ... all in support of our great camping programs in the Council. We had over 100 silent auction items and several live auction items, along with live music by the Silver Streaks and fine dining at The Waterview. A HUGE thank you to all the members of the Boots & Suits committee, especially the 2012 co-chairs Sally Berry and Barbara King who worked hard all year to make it a success. We've already begun planning for 2013, so stay tuned.  
A Great Gift for the Critter in Your Life
Looking for a great holiday gift for the Wood Badge critter in your life? Need one additional layer on your jacket to keep your back warm?Look no further than the NEW Wood Badge back patch. This beautifully designed patch, by Yvonne Neary, features all nine critters, scenes from Connecticut and is fully embroidered.

You can order yours online today, or purchase one at a Roundtable near you. You can also come in and purchase one at the front desk.  
Scout Day for UCONN Basketball
Join us for the annual Scout Day with UCONN Basketball on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2 p.m. Watch UCONN play Rutgers at the XL Center in Hartford. Tickets are $20 each. 

In the Loop: A Guide to Square Knots
You've been awarded a square knot. Congratulations! Now what? If you've been honored with one of the 34 square knots currently available (see the full list below), waste no time in sewing that badge of honor to your uniform. Though they don't tell the whole story of a Scouter's impact, these tiny rectangles provide great evidence of a volunteer's efforts. But before you dust off the sewing machine, read these tips. 
See 'Train' at the 2013 National Jamboree
Train - Drops Of Jupiter
Train - Drops Of Jupiter
Three-time Grammy winners Train will headline the closing stadium show at the 
2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the Boy Scouts of America announced today. This is the biggest musical act to perform at a national Scout jamboree since the Beach Boys in 1985. 

If you haven't signed up for the Council's Jamboree contingent, there's still a few remaining spots left for this once in a lifetime experience. Don't delay. Visit today to sign up. 
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 

Connecticut Yankee Council


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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.