Connecticut Scouting e-Bulletin

January 11, 2012 

"The man who is blind to the beauties of Nature has missed half the pleasure of life.
- Lord Robert Baden-Powell 

Read All About It
Last Call For Hurricane Sandy Stories
Join Us In Saluting Our Volunteers
Scout Day at UCONN
Get Hands On Training at Scouting U.
Make an Investment in Your Son
Resolve to take Wood Badge
Scout Night with Harlem Globetrotters
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
Council Leadership


Council President

Doug Machin

Council Commissioner
Scout Executive

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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Powahay District
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


Jonathan Buehler

Kyle Camerato

Daniel Cassidy.

James Daly

Kevin Ellis

Wesley Haaf

William Hauselt

Mathew Levine

Daniel Malone

Jesse Morrow

Jonathan Nazario

Michael Parisi

Scott Philipson

Robert Scarpetti III

William Scofield

Philippe Vibien

Carry on the Scouting trail with the National Eagle Scout Association
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Did You Know ... 
Eleven of the twelve astronauts who walked on the moon were Scouts?
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A New Scout Executive Takes
The Helm of Our Council


The Board of Directors of the Connecticut Yankee Council is proud to share that Charles L. Flowers is our next Scout executive, effective January 16, 2013. Charles comes from Pittsburgh with a proven track record as a Professional Scouter, most recently serving as Director of Field Service for the Laurel Highlands Council. Charles has previously served as a District Executive in Richmond, Virginia, and Field Director in Columbus, Ohio. Charles also served as an Associate Director with the National Boy Scouts of America Center for Professional Development. Charles, an Eagle Scout, and his wife, Carla, have two children, Cierra and Charles. Please join us in welcoming Charles and his family to our Council. 


First and foremost, I am thrilled to join the professional staff and the multitude of dedicated volunteers at every level of the Connecticut Yankee Council Scouting organization in service to youth and our communities. What a privilege I have been granted to serve as the fourth Scout Executive of the Connecticut Yankee Council!


My vision for the Connecticut Yankee Council is simple and achievable. I believe we are obligated to provide the highest quality programs possible to the youth and communities we serve. This will be realized through increasing the capacity and improving the quality of service and programming we offer at the unit, district and council level. If we continue to involve and engage the best talent to help us deliver the program we will accomplish our goal of being the best Council in the Boy Scouts of America. 


As an Eagle Scout (product of the Scouting process) I know first-hand the power of the life changing, values-building programs of Scouting. I commend you for enrolling your child or volunteering in this great transformative program that produces great people, great citizens, and great future leaders. So if you see me at camp, at a den meeting, a troop committee meeting, your district's roundtable, or at an Order of the Arrow function, please introduce yourself and share with me why you love this great program of Scouting. 


See you on the trail ...

Last Call For Hurricane Sandy Stories, Photos
Scouts from The Knight Patrol in Pack 424 collected and redeemed recyclables to raise $50 for the Red Cross Disaster Fund. Nice job, Scouts!
Did you, your Scouts or your unit do any type of service in response to Hurricane Sandy? In the aftermath, we know that many of our Scouts rolled up their sleeves and did what they do best.

Demonstrating the relevance of Scouting and training our Scouts to "be prepared" to respond has never been more important. We want to feature our collective response to Sandy in our Annual Report and we need your help. Send us a quick email with what your unit did to help, as well as a picture(s) if you've got it. Email today because the Annual Report goes to press on Friday, Jan. 18. 
Join Us In Saluting Our Volunteers
Silver Beaver Award
For 100 years, Scouting has been incredibly fortunate to have some of the greatest volunteers around who invest their time and talent in our programs. You are one of them. Each year, we have the opportunity to recognize a select few who are nominated by their peers for Scouting's highest adult recognition -- the Silver Beaver Award. Dave Barrett, Bruce Bowlus, Mike Card, Joyce Ference, Carolyn Jagielski, Dave Lyons, and David Mestre represent the very best of our volunteers and are being honored at our Council Recognition Dinner on January 24. 
In their own way, they have all made a tremendous difference to Scouts in their home unit, as well as across the Council. We hope you'll join us. Follow this link to learn more. It's a great evening that you won't want to miss. 
Don't Miss Scout Day for UCONN Basketball
What are you doing on Saturday, Jan. 27? I hope you're joining us for an incredible afternoon at the annual Scout Day with UCONN Basketball. Come watch UCONN play Rutgers at the XL Center in Hartford and help us give a great salute to our top popcorn salesmen from this past fall. Tickets are only $20 each. Follow this link to download a detailed registration form.
Get Hands On Training at Scouting U.
Pick a subject you'd like to know more about in Scouting. Anything. Odds are, there's a session on it at the 2013 University of Scouting on March 9 at Wilby High School in Waterbury. You can join fellow adults from all across Connecticut in a day of learning. Check out the complete class schedule here, or click here to register online today.   
Friends of Scouting 2013 - Invest in your Son
Your children are part of one of the greatest youth development programs around. We have outstanding, trained volunteers, incredible opportunities for our Scouts, great camping facilities and a staff that is second to none. Best of all, it's free. Well almost

When you registered your son with your local pack or troop, you paid a registration fee, about $20 of which registers your child as a member of the Boy Scouts of America. But standing firmly behind your unit is an organization known as the Council that does a lot of the behind the scenes work to ensure your unit and leadership have the tools and resources to succeed. Each year we ask our families to make a pledge, or investment in the development of the next generation through Scouting. The council invests $180 in each of our members, all of which is raised and spent locally. 

A volunteer presenter will soon be visiting your unit to talk to you about Friends of Scouting and how your personal, tax-deductible contribution can make a huge difference. For more information right now, please visit or visit to make your gift today. Thank you for your generosity.  
Resolve to Take Wood Badge in 2013
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If you're like many of us, you're still resolving to make resolutions, so we've got one to propose. Make this your year to take Wood Badge. If you want to be a better leader and 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. Contact Course Director Caroline Griffin at for more information today. Check out how Wood Badge can make a difference in your life by following this link
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 at 7 p.m. at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Tickets are only $20 each. Contact Jon Pleva at (203) 876-6868, Ext. 286 for more information. Download registration form by following this link.

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.