Council NewsSeptember/October 2013
In This Issue
Haunted Lone Tree
Scouting For Food
Popcorn Sale
SCOUTStrong Hike
Museum of Science
Arrow of Light Weekend

Friends Asking Friends


The basis of this program is for current Cub Scouting youth members to recruit their friends into the pack. Studies show that members will remain active in the program if they are participating with their friends. We have always had a "boys recruit boys" philosophy. This year we are counting on you to help they become salesmen for Cub Scouting. 


The "My Best Friend Is a Scout!" campaign is Designed to give Cub Scouts some recruitment Tools and foster in each one the desire to recruit his two best friends to join Scouting. Current members will have more fun if their friends join them, and they will stay in Cub Scouting longer.  Please click here to fill out the form to earn your patch.

Registration Fee Increase
The Boy Scouts of America is increasing its membership fee from $15 to $24 per year for all registered Scouts and adults effective January 1, 2014. For those who join after the beginning of the year, the fee will be prorated at $2 per month. This does include units with a December 31, 2013, expiration date.

Haunted Lone Tree


After a successful inaugural year, Haunted Lone Tree is happening again at Lone Tree Scout Reservation in Kingston, NH. On October 19th from 6:00PM-10:00PM come up to camp to have a fun and scary time! This event is for all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and the general public and is planned so that everyone will be interested.


Last year some of the highlights included a Monster Ball, a Skeleton wedding, crime scene, cemetery and even a classic haunted house set up in one of Lone Tree's cabins. It is an event a family or an entire pack or troop can enjoy together!


Admission is $5 per person and is only taken at the door. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at this event. The proceeds from this event go to support Nanepashement Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. We hope to see you at Lone Tree!

New Troop Leader Guidebook


Later this year, the two-volume Troop Leader Guidebook will debut, replacing the Scoutmaster Handbook and offering helpful checklists, quick tips, and fresh ideas for both new troop leaders and veteran Scouters.


Vol. 1: For new troop leaders
Volume 1 focuses primarily on the needs of new or relatively inexperienced Boy Scout leaders who have been volunteers for up to three years, are likely assistant Scoutmasters, and probably recently crossed over from serving as a Webelos leader or parent.


Vol. 2: Advanced guidance for veteran Scouters
Volume 2 assumes its readers are ready for the next level. Here you'll find info like high-adventure planning, working with Scouts with disabilities, conflict resolution, visioning, and more.


Although an exact release date has not been published, look for both volumes to be released together later this year.

Sam Plouffe Named District Executive for Northern Light District  

Kevin Nichols is proud to introduce Samuel Plouffe as the incoming District Executive for Northern Light District. Sam served in Great Eastern District since February 1st 2012 and has advised several council committees and programs including the Eagle Scout Association, Cub Camping Committee, Museum of Science overnights, Brownsea and National Youth Leadership Training.


Sam has lived in Haverhill his whole life and has been in Scouting as a youth and adult before becoming a professional. He earned his Arrow of Light in Pack 24 and later earned the rank of Eagle in Troop 1 in 2004.


Sam is a Brotherhood member in the Order of the Arrow.

Sam is looking forward to making Scouting even stronger in his home district!

Registration Changes


The position of ScoutParent (PS) has been expired, effective as of June 30, 2013.


In addition, the ScoutParent Unit Coordinator (PC) position will be renamed to Parent Coordinator (PC).

New Service Center Hours

The Council Service Center will now be open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
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MJewell3 The YCC youth, volunteers and parents have had quite a summer!


What a pleasure it has been this summer visiting our camps!  The Cub Scout camps are great because of the enthusiasm and energy of our younger campers.  This year it was especially enjoyable to see our Cubs engaged in our two new camps, Discovery Camp (STEM focused: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Shooting Sports Camp.  Thank you to the Lone Tree Spirit Foundation for underwriting the off-site transportation of the Cub Scouts in Discovery Camp. The Discovery Camp participants got to engage in activities and learning not normally found at our regular Cub camps.  Whether it was robotics, how to make a submarine, or creating sound alterations, the Cubs had a wonderful time.  Thanks to a $30,000 Potterfield Company grant, we were able to add air rifle use to the Webelos camp experience.   These camps were in addition to our regular day camps at Lone Tree, Moonraker camp in Topsfield and West Wind camp in Chelmsford, which had over 300 Cubs in camp.  If you have never visited one of the Grub Scout camps I encourage you to do so next summer.


Our Boy Scouts had a great summer at our Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation on North Lake.  The waterfront, always a magnet for lots of fun was more active than ever.  Our craft lodge has new workbenches, the waterfront has new standup paddleboards and Project Green has new fishing docks and equipment thanks to a grant from the Alexander A. Vervaert fund.  This continued support from the Key Foundation and Parker Scholarship fund, which helped provide staff training and camperships, helped to make the camping experience much more rewarding for the Scouts. 


In addition to our regular camping program the Council conducted two week-long special sessions:  Brownsea and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).   Both sessions help Scouts learn leadership skills to take back to their troops to help the Scouts become patrol leaders or hold other leadership positions.  The Council also conducted a "Trail to Eagle" resident camp at Lone Tree to help Scouts along their path to Eagle.  On top of all of these programs, 72 Scouts, 8 adult unit leaders and 22 YCC adults (as volunteer staff members) attended the BSA Jamboree at the brand new site, The Summit Bechtel Reserve Scout Reservation in West Virginia.  It was quite a sight to see 28,000+ Scouts and 10,000+ staff volunteers enjoying all of the new program areas and activities.  Since we have been back I had the opportunity during NYLT to ask three Scouts what they thought of The Summit and the Jamboree.  Two words were used to describe their experience; AWESOME AND FABULOUS.  I could not agree more; it was a unique and rewarding experience.


Of course, none of the above would have been possible without the dedicated help of our volunteer unit leaders at all levels of the Scouting program, those on the Executive Board and our professional and camp staff.  I have said it a number of times before and will say it again, THANK YOU for all that each of you do to make the Yankee Clipper Council Scouting program outstanding in every way.


Michael Jewell


Yankee Clipper Council, BSA

Join with 27,000 Scouts helping families in need
This year's Scouting For Food drive promises to be one of the single largest efforts of its kind in our council's history. Five councils will join together to participate in Scouting For Food service days on October 26th and November 2nd. Major media outlets are getting involved too! Television, radio, billboard, and newspaper ads are being donated to help make this food drive even more successful. Your unit can do some serious good for your community by participating in this year's drive.


In the next few weeks, you will be asked if your unit will be able to be part of this area wide effort.  Also, towns with multiple units should work together to ensure they coordinate efforts to maximize their efforts in town coverage and centralize collections.  If your unit or town has certain agencies they would like to support, those agencies should be included when contacted about participation.


Popcorn Sale

It's not too late to support your program and help your council support you. The Fall Popcorn Sale is the only fundraiser that helps you do both!

This year we have new items like Bacon Ranch and Buffalo Cheddar Cheese pre-popped for $15 and returning item, Cheddar Cheese. Tins are back for White Chocolate Pretzels and your favorite microwave items are back too. Our 2013 Fall lineup has 9 items that are $18 dollars or less!

Unit commission's start at 33%, but every unit can qualify for a 35% commission, all that is needed is to have an increase in gross sale over last year and pay on time. Units may also receive an additional 4% commission if they opt out of the YCC Prize Program. That adds up to a potential 39% commission!

We have great Scout Rewards too!


THE YCC PRIZE PROGRAM: Scouts may choose one cool prize from the prize level they achieve.


 The YCC $300 Club:

  • A weekly drawing will be held for those Scouts that sell $300 of popcorn during the previous week (one entry for every $300 in sales). Twelve $20 Amazon.com Gift Cards will be awarded each week.

The YCC $300 Club Grand Prize Drawing:

  • Every Scout that sells $300 or more will get into the Grand Prize Drawing (one entry for every $300 sold).
  • Twelve Grand Prize winners will receive a $100 Best Buy Gift Card.

Council Tops Sellers:

  • The Top Seller will receive a $500 Best Buy Gift Card
  • The Second Place Top Seller will receive a $250 Best Buy Gift Card.
  • The Third Place Top Seller will receive a $100 Best Buy Gift Card.

 Online Sales Incentives:

  • Scouts who have online sales over $300 will be entered into a special online sales only drawing for one Scout to receive two tickets to a Bruins game.


Trail's End Incentives:

  • $2500+ sellers are eligible for the Trail's End College Scholarship program.


Show & Sell Orders are due by September 6th and Take Order Form orders are due Nov. 10th. If you want to find out more about how you can have your unit be a part of the Fall Popcorn Sale contact Laura at lmoriarty@bsamail.org. 

MassJam Registration is closing soon, Units need to reserve their campsites now, don't miss out!

It has been five years since thousands of Scouts, Webelos, and Venturers from Massachusetts and surrounding states have gathered at the Barnstable Country Fairgrounds in East Falmouth, Massachusetts on Columbus Day Weekend, for three days of Scouting fun, exhibits, challenging activities, competitions, entertainment, and fellowship. 


Action centers at MassJam include: Air rifles, archery, climbing walls, first aid, geocaching, robotics, rocketry, challenge course and sports. Each action center will feature activities of varying challenge for all age groups. An interactive Theme Show experience and arena show is also in the works.


Nine Massachusetts councils and Narragansett Council in Rhode Island, with support from the Barnstable County Fairgrounds, the town of Falmouth, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are participating in the planning of this event.


Registration is being managed by Old Colony Council. Registration is by unit (troop or crew) only. Webelos Dens are invited to partici­pate, but must register through their local troop.


Check in for units will be early morning on Saturday, October 12, with departure mid-morning on Monday, October 14.


Register your unit at www.massjam.org as soon as possible.

Full payment is due by and registration closes on: September 20, 2013

Cost: $30 per participant (Boy Scouts, Webelos, Venturers, Adult Leaders).

Deposit: $100 non-refundable registration deposit per unit which will be applied to your final payment.


Volunteers are needed to help staff the Yankee Clipper Sub Camp. Contact lmoriarty@bsamail.org to find out how you can help.
SCOUTStrong Hike 2014
It's not too soon to start planning for your unit's participation in the 2014 SCOUTStrong Hike!  The event is planned for May 3rd, 2014, at Topsfield Fairground and adjoining Danvers Rail Trial.  The 2014 event will include your suggestions, including more activities, information booths about fitness and nutrition, and opportunities for units to show off the fun and creative ways they keep fit.  This is a chance for your units to raise money for camp or activity of your choice, show the community your commitment to fitness, and participate in a fun activity with Scouts of all ages.  Look for the 2014 SCOUTStrong website  and facebook event (coming soon), and let us know how your unit get fit - send descriptions of your hikes and photos to rucrocke@bsamail.org

Museum of Science


It's time to sign up for the Museum of Science again! Your Cub Scouts and parents will get the opportunity to spend the night in the Boston Museum of Science all while exploring exhibits and participating in science based demonstrations. This is an event your Cub Scouts and their parents will never forget.

The cost for this event is $62.50 per participant and is due up front. Spots fill up quickly and are given on a first come and paid first served basis. You can register on the council calendar to sign up your entire unit. If you have any questions please contact Sam Plouffe at splouffe@bsamail.org.


The dates that are available are:

Saturday, November 23rd 2013

Friday, January 24th 2014

Friday, January 31st 2014

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Saturday, February 22nd 2014

Friday, March 28th 2014

Friday, April 25th 2014


Arrow of Light Weekend


The Arrow of Light Weekend will be held this year again at Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation from September 20th-22nd. Webelos will have the opportunity not only to work on advancement for their Readyman and Outdoorsman Pins, but also participate in BB's, Archery, Scout skills, Indian lore, cooking, sports, showmanship and even get to eat some fried dough! There will be plenty of activities all while your Webelos get the opportunity to transition to what Boy Scout camping is like.


Registration is now open. The fee for Cub Scouts, parents and leaders is $15, but after September 13th a $5 late fee is added onto the price so register now! Dinner is provided on Saturday evening, but other than this meal the group is responsible for all other meals. There must be at least two adults per group according to BSA rules and at least one adult must be a

registered leader in the pack. Carpooling is highly encouraged.


For more information please email: cubprograms@oa158.org.

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Venture Crew 4371 Organization Night Monday Sept. 16 - Villanova Hall, St. Thomas Church, Wilmington MA.


A new Venture Crew is being organized with the focus on scientific discovery. This is a S.T.E.M. based program, (Science Technology, Engineering & Math) that will be conducting real scientific research at Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation.


This program is open to all youth, male and female, 14 years of age, or 13 years of age and completion of the eighth grade. Crew members will conduct research projects focused on the vast biodiversity, natural history and land use at Wah-Tut-Ca in Northwood NH. The Crew will use; aerial drones, submarines and high pixel digital cameras to "eagerly search for what is over there."


The crew will meet monthly and conduct 4 weekend field studies during the year. Additionally they will spend a week at Wah-Tut-Ca in the summer of 2014 combining research with the adventures of summer camp.


For more information email: BJLFSTAR@comcast.net or ceckelkamp@me.com.