Connecticut Scouting e-Bulletin

December 7, 2012 

"Teach Scouts not how to get a living but how to live." - Lord Robert Baden-Powell 
Did Scouts from your home unit assist in any way in response or recovery from Hurricane Sandy? Send your story and pictures to
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Donate Your Car to Scouting
It's not too early to begin planning Blue & Gold
Wood Badge Back Patch On Sale
Scout Day at UCONN
Scout Night with Harlem Globetrotters
Youth Protection in the BSA
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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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 Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Georgetown, New Fairfield, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Sandy Hook, and Sherman

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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


Thomas Anania
Daniel Cahill
Michael Connelly
Scott Cox
Samuel Edgerton
Daniel Flood, II
William Fulda
Timothy Goetz
Windsor Hall, III
Peter Jacobs
Henry McDowell
Anthony Piselli, Jr.
Timothy Stapp
Matthew Ziluca.
Carry on the Scouting trail with the National Eagle Scout Association
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Eagle Scouts are more likely than other Scouts and non-Scouts to indicate they have build character traits related to work ethics, morality, tolerance, and respect for their diversity.  (Source: Baylor University) Learn more
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'Tis the Season of Giving! 


2012 has been an incredible year for Scouting programs in the Connecticut Yankee Council, but it has also been a challenging year financially. With under four weeks left for this year, we look back with great pride at what we have accomplished in changing lives through Scouting. The biggest and best "ConnJam 2012", record-setting attendance at Camp Sequassen, full houses at Camp Sikorsky and our first Building Trades Merit Badge workshop, and the outstanding service rendered in response to Hurricane Sandy -- these are just the very tip of the iceberg of our legacy these last 12 months. 


We don't have to go on about the difference that Scouting makes -- just take a look at your son or daughter and think about the impact this program has had on them. All Scouting is local and we are very fortunate to have a corps of thousands of adult volunteers supported by a trained and talented executive staff to deliver this program. 


If you have played a role in making these opportunities possible through a gift to Friends of Scouting, we say Thank You. Our gift to you is a fine young man or woman with a moral compass and leadership skills they'll use throughout their life. Many of us are still looking for a last chance to make a charitable, tax-deductible donation to a worthy cause. A financial gift to Scouting not only stays local here in our Council, but it directly benefits our Scouts -- your sons and daughters through great camps, great staff, outstanding service and leadership training. (And all the other boring stuff too like turning the lights on and keeping records.)



Your generosity in these waning days of 2012 is extremely appreciated as we set a course for a bright new year. Thank you for all that you've done to make Scouting great!


Best wishes in this Holiday season!


Sincerely yours in Scouting, 

Doug Machin, Council President


p.s. - Your gift is 100 percent tax deductible, so take advantage of this opportunity to invest in our future today. 

Is It Too Early To Start Planning Blue & Golds?

Is December too early to start planning for the Blue and Gold banquet? Nope. Though February seems forever away, planning ahead ensures you don't fall behind. Start with the December Cubcast, which contains some handy tips for making your next banquet successful and stress-free. Listen up as hosts Sam and Janet learn from Darlene Sprague, member of the national commissioner support team and board member of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.


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Resolve to Take Wood Badge in 2013
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Okay, we all complain about how the holiday season seems to be creeping up earlier and earlier and here we are talking about New Year's resolutions ... but just in case you've begun giving them thought, here's one to add. If you want to be a better leader and want to develop your own personal leadership and team building skills, look no further than Wood Badge. This unique, contemporary leadership training is taught by the best volunteers in the Council over two three-day weekends. Corporations invest thousands of dollars for what you get from taking Wood Badge, and we even have scholarships to make it possible. All it takes is the interest and commitment to make yourself a better leader. Contact Course Director Caroline Griffin at for more information today. 

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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. 

Scout Day with Harlem Globetrotters
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Start planning now to take your den, pack or troop to the Scout Night with the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Order by January 1 and save $2 a ticket. After January 1, it is $20 per ticket. Contact Jon Pleva at (203) 876-6868, Ext. 286 for more information. 

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


60 Wellington Road
Milford, CT 06461


P (203) 876-6868

F (203) 876-6884

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.