Yankee Clipper Council NewsletterNovember/December 2013
In This Issue
Why Shop When You Can Chop?
Philmont 2015
2015 World Scout Jamboree
Summer Camp Staff
2014 Camp Directors
Annual Meeting Notice

Registrar's Tips for processing adult applications.


Before submitting an adult application to Yankee Clipper Council please check to see that the following items have been completed:


1- Unit type and number

social security number


2- Question 6 a-e has been answered 


3- and that the applicant, unit committee chair and the organization have signed the form.


Please be sure that a signed BSA disclosure form, a MA CORI Acknowledgement form and a copy of a photographic government issued ID are submitted with the adult registration form.


Please use this link for a check list for both youth and adult application.

Clarification of Uniform Policy Requires Uniform Shirts to Be Tucked In


Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America's uniform policy is that shirts are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. All Sea Scout uniforms are designed to be tucked in except youth dress whites and youth dress blues.


In the past, guidelines have simply stated the uniform wearer should be neat in appearance. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt. This clarification will appear in related resources, such as the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.

Cooking Merit Badge to Join Eagle-Required List Jan. 1


Significant changes are coming to the Cooking merit badge. First, this badge will become Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1, 2014. In addition, there will be a major overhaul to the requirements, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.


The addition of the Cooking merit badge to the Eagle-required list means that, regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on the Eagle Scout rank, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout (unless he fulfills all the requirements, except his board of review, before Jan. 1, 2014).


As for the changes to the requirements, they'll appear in a revised merit badge pamphlet that will be released during 2013. The new requirements then become effective Jan. 1, 2015, with the release of Boy Scout Requirements, No. 34765.


Scouts who have already earned the Cooking merit badge are not required to re-earn the badge under the new requirements in order to qualify for the Eagle Scout Award.

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Tis the season to be.................... HAPPY!

MikeJewell While there is no question 2013, like many other years, has had its share of challenges for each of us, we all still have much to be thankful for and happy about.

After all, each of us is involved with one of the premier youth development programs in the world. Every day one or more of us do something to increase and improve the good we do for the youth in the Yankee Clipper Council Scouting Program.

Regardless of how you celebrate the holidays, I hope you will be able to take time to look back at all of the good things in your life this year and to fully embrace the season and be Happy together with your family and friends.

Thank you for your service to our Youth!

The very best to each of you this holiday season!

Michael Jewell
Yankee Clipper Council, BSA 

Museum of Science Camp-in


MOS logo Looking for an event that will spark the interest of your Cub Scouts? A trip to the Boston Museum of Science might just be the trick! Your boys will get the opportunity to explore the hallways and exhibits of the museum, do fun and educational experiments and finish the night by setting up their sleeping bags right in one of the museum's exhibits! If you want your Cub Scouts to have an unforgettable sleep over then the Boston Museum of Science's Camp-in is just the event for you.


The dates of the camp-ins are listed below. If you are interested in signing up please first talk to your Cubmaster and have your pack sign up as a group. The cost of this event is $62.50 per person. For more information and how to sign up for one of these nights please click on your desired date below. For any other questions please contact Sam Plouffe at splouffe@bsamail.org.


4th Annual Why Shop When You Can Chop

Tradition of Service Weekend WTCSR


Dear Scouts, Scouters, Friends, and Brothers,


WTCSRLOGO In preparation for the winter camping season a Work Day(s) will be held at Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation on Thanksgiving weekend. All that share a love of camping and the outdoors are invited. Help get the winter cabins ready and put the rest of Camp to bed before the snow flies. Had a little too much to eat on Thanksgiving Day? You could work it off on:


Friday, November 29, 2013 9:00 am- 4:00 pm


Saturday, November 30, 2013 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Service Projects - The Campmaster Corps will be concentrating on stockpiling firewood and getting the winter cabins shipshape. The Property and Maintenance Committee will be working on various other projects and getting the rest of Camp ready for winter. Projects will be age and skill appropriate and, as always, more advanced projects will be available for the talented.


Lunch - Is Free!  A Hobo Trail Lunch will be provided to all workers and helpers on both days.


Dinner - Potluck dinner Friday night, so bring your turkey leftovers.


Overnight Option - Adult workers are welcome to stay overnite on Friday the 29th at no charge. Youth are also welcome, however, adult leadership from a troop or parent is required.


What to Bring - Your enthusiasm, work clothes and gloves, bright orange clothing, chainsaws, and any tools that you think would be helpful. (Please note: Chainsaw usage requires full safety gear and approval of the Camp Ranger.)


Come for either day or both and stay overnight on Friday! Come with your buddies or by yourself! Sprinkle a little of your Camp pride around and help us keep Camp looking great! Thank you and looking forward to seeing you.


Go Camping My Friends!


Yankee Clipper Council Camping Committee & Campmaster Corps


For Inquiries about the work projects and information about the WTCSR Property & Maintenance email Dan Farrell @ dan@farrellweb.com. For information about the Campmaster Corps, please call Andrew Pinard at 978-914-0818.


Can't make these dates but still want to help?  Give Ranger Tom a call @978-382-2209 and he would be happy to accommodate a different date.

Philmont 2015


The Council has been awarded three slots for crews to Philmont for the summer of 2015.  If you haven't been to Philmont, don't miss out on this great opportunity! We are now accepting applications   for any units interested in sending a crew with the council contingent to Philmont for the 2015 season. The dates are 7/26/15 to 8/7/2015 The crew size for Philmont is 12with a maximum of 4 adults. Please click here to fill out the application and send to:


Yankee Clipper Council

attn. Dave Fitzgerald High Adventure Director

36 Amesbury Rd

Haverhill, MA 01830


Or email to david.fitzgerald@scouting.org.

2015 World Scout Jamboree

Theme:  A Spirit of Unity

Venue: Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Date: From Tuesday, 28 July To Saturday, 8 August 2015


The World Scout Jamboree is an official educational event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. It is specifically designed for young people aged 14-17 years old from National Scout Organizations which are members of WOSM.


Click here to learn more

Summer Camp Staff Positions for Lone Tree and Wah-Tut-Ca

What better way to spend a summer than at camp! Camp staff will give you a summer you won't soon forget and you will make lifetime friends. The first step is let us know you are interested in being part of the team, so we can meet you. Interviews will be starting in November and December, with hiring decisions being finalized in January and February. Exact dates will be discussed during interviews, but for initial planning... not for contract or employment agreement.

Wah-Tut-Ca staff season is from Jun 28-Aug 20

Lone Tree staff season is from Jun 28-Aug 12 (overnights Jul 27-31)

Cub Scout Adventures await for the summer! Plan now to be part of them

The 2014 summer camp schedule for Cub Scouts is set, and registrations will be opening up shortly.

Day Camps:
  • Lone Tree, Kingston, NH Jul 7-11 & Jul 15-19
  • West Wind, Chelmsford, Ma Aug 18-22
  • Moonraker Twilight Camp, Middleton, Ma Jul 14-18 (pending site confirmation)

Specialty Day Camps:
  • Aquatics Camp, Lone Tree, Kingston NH Jul 21-25
  • Shooting Sports, Lone Tree, Kingston NH Jul 21-25
  • Discovery (STEM)-Kingston NH Aug 4-8 (Day Camp in 2014)
Overnight Camps:
  • Webelos, Lone Tree, Kingston NH Jul 27-31
  • Cub Scout, Lone Tree, Kingston NH Jul 28-31

Weekend Camping for Cub Packs and Families at Lone Tree Scout Reservation:
  • In 2014--all three weekends open to Families, Packs and Cubs with Parent
  • Jul 12-13
  • Jul 19-20
  • Aug 2-3
Cub Camping Directors for 2014

Yankee Clipper has an Outstanding Team of Camp Directors committed and on Board for summer 2014.

The quality of the staff is what sets camps apart, and the quality starts at the top. Kevin Nichols is proud to announce the entire Cub Camping Director Team is in place. Congratulations to each and we look forward to an outstanding summer Cub Scout camp season under the direction of:

1. Lone Tree Scout Reservation Director Brendan McNeill

2. West Wind Day Camp Director Andy LeClair

3. Moonraker Twilight Camp Andrew Krause

4. Weekend Camp for Cubs and Families Len Kamlet 
Wah-Tut-Ca Camp Director

After almost literally growing up at Wah-Tut-Ca as a camp staff member, and then as an outstanding camp director, Kevin Dion will be stepping down because of his new position at UMass-Lowell. Wah-Tut-Ca is certainly a better place because of his leadership. That being said Kevin is stepping down, not going away and will still be part of the fabric of camp.

Camp will still go on, and if you have the commitment and drive to take on the rewards and challenges of a being the Wah-Tut-Ca Camp Director, or just a camp staff member, we invite you to let us know. The initial step is to submit an application to outdoors@yccbsa.org and we will arrange an interview.

Dr. Robert M. Gates To Serve as National President-Elect


The BSA National Executive Board has elected former Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director Dr. Robert M. Gates to the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Gates will serve as a member of the board's executive committee and as the national president-elect. Gates' appointment was made upon the recommendation of national volunteer and professional leaders including the BSA national nominating committee.


Upon approval of voting members of the National Council, Dr. Gates will begin a two-year term as the BSA national president in May 2014. Following the National Council's approval of Dr. Gates' two-year term as the BSA national president beginning in May 2014, Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc., has agreed to serve as the president-elect of the BSA.


Dr. Gates is a past member of the National Executive Board, past president of the National Eagle Scout Association, a distinguished Eagle Scout, and recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award.

Cinematography Now Moviemaking Merit Badge


Lights, camera, action! The Cinematography merit badge has been renamed Moviemaking. The change was made to reflect the many elements that go into creating a movie.


Aside from some minor updates from the Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force, the requirements and content for the merit badge are essentially the same. Also unchanged is the actual award emblem.


Regardless of its name, a Scout may only earn and get credit for one or the other. Also, the name change does not affect Scouts who have previously completed or who are currently working on the Cinematography merit badge.


Scouts, counselors, unit leaders, and council- and district-level volunteers can access the Moviemaking merit badge requirements online.


The pamphlet bearing the new name is scheduled for delivery to local Scout Shops in late November 2013, and the change will be reflected in the 2014 Boy Scout Requirements book.



From: Michael Jewell, Council President

In accordance with the Yankee Clipper Council, Boy Scouts of America bylaws, this is official notice of the Council Annual Business Meeting and Elections.




Michael Jewell, President of the Yankee Clipper Council, Boy Scouts of America, proudly announces that the following individuals will serve on the 2014 Council Nominating Committee: Jessica Barnett (Chairperson), Jamie O'Brien, Don Blaszka Jr., Sarath Krishnaswarmy, Andrew Bjornson, Herbert Chao, Paul Naehle, Jeff Weeden, Charles Boddy and John Colucci for the election of Officers, Board Members, Local Council Representatives to the National Council, Honorary Board Members, Advisory Board Members and Council Members at Large.





The annual meeting and elections will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA. Chartered Organization Representatives and Council Members at Large of the Yankee Clipper Council are invited to attend and are eligible to vote at the Annual Business Meeting.


Nominations must be submitted in writing no later than Tuesday, December 21, 2013. Active members should send their recommendations to: Yankee Clipper Council Nominating Committee 36 Amesbury Road Haverhill, MA 01830. Nominations are not accepted from the floor.




To Chartered Organization Representatives and Council Members at Large of Yankee Clipper Council


The following is the procedure for submitting resolutions for consideration at the Thursday, January 16, 2014 Council Annual Meeting at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA. The Resolutions Committee will review all proposed resolutions and determine if they are appropriate for consideration at the meeting or if they should be referred to a committee for further action. Any member (Chartered Organization Representative or Council Member at Large) of the Yankee Clipper Council wishing to submit a proposed resolution must deliver a copy of the proposed resolution, together with a brief description of its purpose, to: Yankee Clipper Council Governance Committee 36 Amesbury Road Haverhill, MA 01830. In order to be considered, resolutions must be received no later than January 9, 2014.



CONGRATULATIONS! The following Scouts are winners of our first three YCC $300 Club drawings. Each will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.


The winners of the YCC $300 Club Drawing for Oct. 4 are:


Gabe K.-Pack 86, North Andover

Tristan R.-Pack 86, North Andover

Sam B.-Pack 96, Westford

Jack D.-Pack 96, Westford

Noah B.-Pack 100, Westford

Erik F.-Pack 100, Westford

Matthew L.-Pack 8, Dracut

Mike M. - Troop 75, Chelmsford

Tanner C. - Troop 75, Chelmsford

Braden C.-Pack 7, Lowell

Jake K.-Pack 7, Lowell

Nathan X. - Pack 95, Westford


The winners of the YCC $300 Club Drawing for Oct. 11 are:


Matthew M.-Pack 11, Marblehead

Jack W.-Pack 15, Rowley

Robert B.-Pack 19, Middleton

Evan W.-Pack 53, Billerica

Aidan L.-Pack 96, Westford

Saket R.-Pack 100 Westford

Ben E.-Pack 102, Chelmsford

Jacob L.-Pack 118, Plaistow, NH

Daniel Z.-Troop 7, Lowell

Justin C. - Troop 19, Middleton

Randal K. - Troop 51, Methuen

Max B.-Troop 195, Westford


The winners of the YCC $300 Club Drawing for Oct. 18 are:


Gianni R.-Pack 8, Dracut

Connor P.-Pack 8, Dracut

Matthew C.-Pack 11, Marblehead

Dylan M.-Pack 15, Rowley

Kevin B.-Pack 19, Middleton

Jared F.-Pack 19, Middleton

Nate G.-Pack 19, Middleton

Owen P.-Pack 41, Boxford

Kyle G.-Pack 46, Tewksbury

Landon C.-Pack 100, Westford

Benjamin T.-Troop 1, Haverhill

Kyle F.-Troop 82, North Andover



The winners of the YCC $300 Club Drawing for Oct. 25 are:


Aydan C. - Pack 15, Rowley

Jonathan P. - Pack 28, Wenham

Nick O. - Pack 45, Chelmsford

Dana T. - Pack 46 WW, Tyngsboro

Nick D. - Pack 47, Tewksbury

Jared B. - Pack 47 WW, Tewksbury

Tyler B. - Pack 88 WW, Dracut

Ian A. - Pack 100 WW, Westford

AJ D. - Pack 118, Plaistow

Reilly P. - Troop 19, Middleton

Will S. - Troop 25, Dracut

Brian C. - Troop 51, Methuen


And the winners of our last weekly drawing:


Lucas S. - Pack 7, Lowell

Nate M. - Pack 11, Marblehead

Chris P. - Pack 15, Rowley

Owen B. - Pack 28, Middleton

Daniel B. - Pack 47, Lynnfield

Nathan L. - Pack 63, Haverhill

Joshua K. - Pack 88, Billerica

Jason S. - Pack 96, Westford

Lenox C. - Pack 100, Westford

Jacob C. - Pack 118, Plaistow

Ben A.- Troop 19, Middleton

Anthony D. - Troop 82, North Andover


Stay tuned for our Grand Prize Drawing announcement and our top three sellers!