Connecticut Scouting e-Bulletin

January 25, 2013 

"Teach Scouts not how to get a living, but how to live.
- Lord Robert Baden-Powell 
Read All About It
Celebrate Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath
Scout Night with Harlem Globetrotters
Get Hands On Training at Scouting U.
Make an Investment in Your Son
Resolve to take Wood Badge
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Council Leadership


Council President

Michael Abrahamson

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


Nicholas Anagnost

Noel Berry

Mark Bluemer

Ethan Crans

Matthew Crohan

Benjamin Dringoli

James Korin

Johnathan Lawless

Christian Lofthouse

Daniel Murray

Timothy Peterson

William Poling

Roderick Porter II

Joshua Rivera.


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 Scout Salute to Our Silver Beavers


Congratulations to the seven Scouters honored with the Silver Beaver Award last night for their commitment and leadership to Scouting and their communities. They represent the very highest of Scouting's ideals in adult volunteers and together have positively influenced the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of Scouts. We are proud to honor them and all the volunteers who make Scouting's life-changing programs possible. 


In the photo above, David Mestre, David Lyons, Carolyn Jagielski, Joyce Ference, Michael Card, Bruce Bowlus and David Barrett pose on stage after receiving their award. They now join a distinguished group of Scouters who were nominated by their peers for this, the highest volunteer award a Council can present. 


The presentation of the Silver Beaver Award was the highlight of the evening, but it certainly wasn't the only recognition. 


The Council Key Three:
Scout Executive Charles Flowers, Council Commissioner Ray Moncevicius, Council President Michael Abrahamson.

At the Council Recognition Dinner, the Board of Directors conducted their Annual Business Meeting and elected a new slate of officers, including Michael Abrahamson as Council President and Ray Moncevicius as Council Commissioner. The Officers elected include: Kathleen Bordelon, James Accomando, Christopher McLeod, Daniel Krause, Bryan LeClerc, William Chin, John Farley, Jack Berry, Christopher Caruso, David Mestre, Maurice Cabral, William Hall, Jennifer Jackson, and Jay Lubin. We paid tribute and thanked Immediate Past Council President Doug Machin for his leadership and service to the Board over the past two years. 


We also presented Journey to Excellence recognition to each of our districts, and a fourth bead to YLT Scoutmaster Wade Anderson. 


We'll post more pictures and details on our Council website and Facebook page, so stay tuned. 


See you on the trail ...

Celebrate Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath 

The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 as Scout Sunday. However, a chartered organization or local religious organization may choose to celebrate on another day. The Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church celebrate Scout Sunday on the second Sunday of February so as to not conflict with Communion Sunday. In the the Jewish faith, Scout Sabbath is celebrated on the Saturday after February 8, Scouting Anniversary Day.


February 8, 1910 was the founding of the Boy Scouts of America by W. D. Boyce and the first Scout Sunday was in 1914. As Scouting Anniversary Week nears, it gives us a great opportunity to wear our uniforms in public with pride and demonstrate Scouting's impact and relevance. The Scout Law says that a "Scout is Reverent" and the Scouts of all ages promise to do their "Duty to God". These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith.


What is your unit doing to celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week? Find some great tips here.

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.
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 
When you maintain five properties, support over 4,600 volunteers and have over 14,000 young people enrolled, it takes a good amount of money to support it all. The Connecticut Yankee Council strives to be good stewards of our $4.6 million annual operating budget, and 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. 
If your unit has not yet scheduled its presentation, please contact your district executive immediately. 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

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.