Connecticut Scouting e-Bulletin

February 15, 2013 

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Cast Away for a Day at Fishing Derby
Present the Colors at Sound Tigers
Sign Your Son Up for Day Camp
Get Hands On Training at Scouting U.
Make an Investment in Your Son
'Are You Tougher' Premiers March 4
Resolve to take Wood Badge
Fleur De Lis (GIF) 
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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to our newest
Eagle Scouts


Christopher Dow

Ryan Gallo

David Goodrich

George Harvey

Nicholas Iott

Peter Jelinski

Gordon Kiesling, Jr.

Kirk Lauri.

Kyle Rivera

Jason Secula

James Shannon

Alexander Taylor

Jacob Wilczek

John Wisniewski


Carry on the Scouting trail with the National Eagle Scout Association
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  Digging Out


We hope that your family was safe and prepared for Winter Storm Nemo. It seems that we are being reminded more and more of the power of Mother Nature. But the shining light was that across the board, our Scout training helped families throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties be prepared. 


We have already begun hearing great stories about our Scouts picking up their shovels and helping uncover fire hydrants, neighbors walkways or simply helping hand out hot tea or hot chocolate to public works employees. Troop 163 in Monroe mobilized their Scouts to clear out fire hydrants across town on Sunday, Feb. 10 and were featured in the Monroe Patch and Monroe Courier. We'd love to hear your stories -- email, or share them on our Facebook page at 


As we are faced more and more with challenges, we find ways to turn them into opportunities. Nobody has to remind Scouts of their duty to help other people, they just pick up their shovel, put on their gloves and get to work. The values we strive to instill in young people boils down to a message as simple as that. When you make your personal investment in Friends of Scouting or volunteer your time to help mentor a Scout at a troop meeting, or even drive your son to his Klondike Derby, you are helping to build a legacy of strong character, leadership and values in young people that our communities desperately need


See you on the trail ...

Cast Away for a Day at Fishing Derby
Usher in spring at the 27th annual Fishing Derby at Deer Lake in Killingworth. A hearty pancake breakfast followed by a morning of fishing in the freshly stocked lagoon is the perfect way to spend a Saturday in early April. Choose from April 6 ot 13, or both. Fishing Merit Badge is offered April 5-6, and Fly Fishing Merit Badge is offered April 12-14. 

Present The Colors at a SoundTigers Game
Scout units can be the official Color Guard for any Sound Tigers game. Packs and troops will be able to present our nation's colors on the ice during the National Anthem and have their unit number announced over the PA system as the "Official Color Guard of the Game." There is a 20-ticket minimum purchase at $15 per ticket (retail value of about $30 per ticket). To book your unit's date to present the Colors, call Joe Cantone at (203) 345-4805.
Summer Camp Feature
Build Memories at Cub Scout Day Camp
Cub Scout Day Camp returns in 2013 with an incredible program designed to test the limits of your Scouts' imagination and earn him beltloops and achievements toward his next rank. This year's theme is "Building Blocks" and Cub Scouts can attend one or more of seven weeks spread across our area. Registered Cub Scouts should have already received the Day Camp brochure in their mailboxes with a personalized message, but it's also available for download and register online at 

Register before April 30, 2013 to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. 
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.  
'Are You Tougher' Premiers March 4 
Waiting just gets tougher and tougher, but with less than four weeks until the premier of Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? on the National Geographic Channel, news about the series is coming faster than you can say "Be Prepared." The series debuts at 8 p.m. EST on Monday, March 4. 

A new website around the show has been launched. The site -- channels excitement surrounding the show into a recruiting pitch for boys and girls who get inspired to sign up for Scouting. Current Scouts can share their adventures on Instagram and Twitter. And it's mobile-optimized to make sure that no Scout or potential Scout misses the fun because he's miles from a desktop computer. 
Once the show debuts, will provide series updates and links to web-only content from National Geographic Channel. Be sure to sign up for email updates from the site.  
Check out the trailer here. Will you be watching?! 
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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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.