Connecticut Scouting e-Bulletin

March 2, 2013 

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Scouting Goes Prime time with 'Are You Tougher'
Building Trades Merit Badge Workshop
Cast Away for a Day at Fishing Derby
Camp Sequassen is where Good Scouts belong
Get Hands On Training at Scouting U.
Make an Investment in Your Son
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Michael Abrahamson

Council Commissioner
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A Message to Our Scouting Family About BSA Membership Standards
Dear Connecticut Yankee Council Scouting Family,
For more than a century the Boy Scouts of America has equipped children with positive values and life skills which will help them make important life decisions over the course of their lifetimes.
As you may be aware, the National Council Executive Board has been reviewing some of our national membership standards. Recently, the National Council Executive Board decided, after careful consideration and recognition of the complexity of this issue, to extend the deliberation period and the dialogue within the Scouting family.
To that end, the National Executive Board has directed its committees and local Councils to engage representatives of Scouting's family and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist in the development of a specific resolution that the 1,400 voting members of the National Council will take action on at the May 2013 national meeting. 
We believe that our first step is to create a sound process to gather feedback from the leadership, membership and community served by the Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America. We have scheduled a 'town hall' style meeting for Wednesday, March 20, 2013 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The location for this meeting is the Discovery Museum and Planetarium located at 4450 Park Avenue in Bridgeport.
Many of our Scouters and chartered organization partners have indicated a desire to share their current opinions on the review of membership standards. If you desire to communicate your viewpoint, we would like to invite you to participate in this important step in the process of discussing this potential change. Units may wish to send a response from the committee rather than individual responses. However, you decide to participate, please use this communications process responsibly and in the Scouting way -- follow the Scout oath and law: demonstrate that you are friendly, courteous and kind in your words. We recognize that there are many views on the topics - however, we can disagree among ourselves without being disagreeable. 
Although the general public is welcome to attend this meeting, it is intended as a vehicle to give our Scouting family a voice on this important topic and as such only members of our Scouting family will be given the opportunity to voice their views at this gathering.
If you are unable to attend this Town Hall session and would like to share your perspective regarding this topic, please click here:
Thank you for your service to Scouting, to our communities and to the youth we seek to serve. Your dedication is valued and appreciated.
Michael AbrahamsonCouncil President
Charles L. FlowersScout Executive

p.s. We really want you to attend. 
Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout
Scouting Goes Prime Time Monday, March 4 - Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?
Have fun at your Scouting activities this weekend, and don't forget to check out for more info on Monday's debut of the "Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?" TV show on the National Geographic Channel! 
Will you be watching?
Building Trades Merit Badge Workshop
Scouts age 13 and over are invited to come to the second annual Connecticut Building Trades Merit Badge Workshop and earn two of ten trade-oriented merit badges: American Labor, Architecture, Electricity, Engineering, Metalwork, Painting, Plumbing, Surveying, Welding and Woodwork. All badges are taught by Master Tradesmen and give Scouts a hands-on opportunity to earn badges that are often hard to earn at your home troop. 

The Workshop is Saturday, June 22 at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 777 Training Facility in Meriden. Follow this link to download a detailed flyer with registration instructions. Registration is online only and opens for CYC Scouts April 1. 
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. 

Summer Camp Feature
Camp Sequassen - Where Good Scouts Belong!

If you're looking for something fun and exciting this summer, look no further than Camp Sequassen. 2013 marks the 86th year that we've been delivering strong Scout programs to troops. Your time at camp will be a very personal experience of learning, having fun and growing in mind, body and spirit in the presence of hundreds of your fellow Scouts. Whether it's because of the camp staff, the camp lore, the camp's surrounding beauty or the quality of its programs, a week at Camp Sequassen will leave an impression on you that will last a lifetime. 

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.  

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.