BSA Announcement Regarding Girls in Cubs and Eagle
Dear fellow Scouters,
Today, the executive board of the national council voted to allow
females to join Scouting. As you can imagine, this decision will come
with many supporters and detractors.
There is no immediate action to be taken. Nothing will change
until Fall 2018 or 2019, as designated in the information below.
Below is the brief article I was sent, which I feel is important to
share with each of you. Please read through carefully.
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Thanks for all your do to keep Scouting alive and well in the
Rick Christ | Scout Executive & CEO
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Baden-Powell Council # 368
2150 NY Route 12 Binghamton, NY 13901
Phone: 607 648-7888 ext 105
Fax: 607 648-7895
BSA Expands Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Programs
to Welcome Girls
The BSA's board of directors has unanimously approved
welcoming girls into our Cub Scouts program and delivering a
Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to
advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests
from families and girls. The BSA evaluated the results of
numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members
and leaders - as well as parents and girls who have never been
involved in Scouting - to understand how to offer families an
important additional choice in meeting the character development
needs of all their children.
Linked below are a few resources to help you learn more about
- This change is the result of years of requests from
families: The BSA thoughtfully evaluated how to bring
the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth
possible and adapt to the changing needs of today's families
- all while remaining true to our mission and core values,
outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.
- Changes will begin in 2018 (Cub Scouts) and stretch
into 2019 (older girls): Starting in the 2018 program
year, families can choose to sign up their sons and
daughters for Cub Scouts. Using the same curriculum as the
Boy Scouts program, the BSA also will deliver a program for
older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected
to be available in 2019, that will enable girls to earn the
Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows us to maintain
the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting
the needs of today's families.
Additional points from the Press Release:
- Cub Options: Starting in the Fall of 2018, existing packs
may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that
consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack.
- Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls.
- Boy Scout Program Aged Girls (11-17): Using the same
curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also
deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018
and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn
the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization
to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also
meeting the needs of today’s families.
- This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of
America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for its
iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since
1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates
its 20th anniversary in 2018. The STEM Scout pilot program is also
available for both boys and girls.
Change to YPT requirements
for Boy Scout Troops
Effective Summer 2018
Scout Troops should be aware of the following change to BSA Youth
Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any
adult accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other
Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a
leader, including completion of a background check (CBC) and Youth
Protection Training (YPT), even if they are the parent of a youth on
Please note: Although YPT is strongly encouraged for adults
attending any overnight activity, at this time, the requirement
applies only to individual adults staying three or more nights at a
up NOW for the Taughannock District Auto-Ree
Central New York Living History Center, Homer
Boy Scout Camporee - October 20th-22nd
Cub Scout/Webelos Activity - October 21st
Pre-registration is required - you can register
through the on-line registration page on this site.
For more information see the Activities
Ten Commandments Hike is Cancelled
I'm sorry to have to announce that the 2017 Commandments Hike is
The Duty to God Committee met Sept. 26 and felt that with only 1
commitment and a couple of maybes, from the Churches we had approached,
we needed to cancel. Most of the Churches did not respond at all. We
will still try to plan a hike in 2018, Ithaca is being considered as a
Right now the committee will focus it's efforts on the April 21, Day
of Reflection at Lime Hollow Nature Center. If you can offer suggestions
or help in any manor, please let us know.
Pack 85 Homer held a great
Rocket Derby on September 25, 2017!
For more pictures, see the 2017 Rocket
Congratulations to Alex
Whitehead, Troop 2, Ithaca
Taughannock District's Latest Eagle Scout!
September 19, 2017
See the District Scrapbook for more
Eagle Palm Requirements Changed
Effective August 1, 2017
Previously, a Scout had to wait three months after his
Eagle Board of Review before he could apply for his first Eagle Palm.
Effective Aug. 1, 2017, the tenure requirement will not apply for the
first Palm(s) only. The requirement now reads:
"After successfully completing your Eagle Scout
board of review and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National
Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each
additional 5 merit badges you have completed before your Eagle Scout
board of review. For these Palms, only, it will not be necessary for
you to complete any of the requirements stated below."
This means that at his Court of Honor a new Eagle can
receive his Eagle award and as many palms as he has earned before his
Eagle Board of Review. After that, the three-month tenure requirement
applies as before.
Also changed are the following:
No Board of Review is required for Eagle
Palms. A palm is not a rank, so no Board of Review is necessary. A
Unit Leader Conference is still required, and can be held any time
during the period since the last Palm (or Eagle Board).
Three-month tenure in any BSA program is
acceptable, not just in the "troop or patrol".
Leadership requirement is broadened to
include “accepting responsibility” as well as “demonstrating
For a PDF listing of the current requirement, see here
on the National website.
Boy Scout Camping Fees for 2018 have been established
See Camping page for
BSA Registration Fees will increase on December 1,
The Boy Scouts of America announced that registration fees will be
increasing by $9 (or to $2.75 per month) effective December 1st, 2017.
More information regarding this increase can be found here.
budget for this when annual dues/fees are collected this fall. The last
National fee increase was four years ago.
This fee change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops,
Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts/clubs. However, it
will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with
This year, the Baden-Powell Council will also be
increasing our local Insurance fee by $2. This is for two reasons; first
to keep up with increasing insurance costs, but also to only collect
insurance fees at recharter rather than prorating them throughout the
year. This change will also be effective December 1st, 2017.
When you recharter in December 2017, your unit will
pay $39 per person plus the $40 National liability insurance fee. After
your unit recharters, any new youth will only pay the increased
registration fee of $2.75 per month, so a Youth joining in September of
2018 would pay $11 with this change as opposed to $12.34 under the
current way of charging insurance.
As always, the Baden Powell Council offers financial aid for
registration to those in need. For more information on applying for
financial aid, please contact your District Executive.
- Updated 9/5/17
BSA National Policy now requires Youth Protection
before an adult can be registered.
Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training will be
required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper
applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection
Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the
application. This has been local B-P Council policy for some time, but
is now being required nationally.
Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time
of registration, unit leaders must obtain copies of the completion
certificates from the leaders who register online before approving their
With the upcoming renewal cycle, the Internet Rechartering system
will be updated so that units cannot submit the registration renewal of
any adult who does not have current YPT as of the effective date of the
renewal. Completion of YPT as part of the online registration system
will be required in a future update. Additionally, council registrars
will no longer be able to override the registration system to register
any leader whose Youth Protection Training is not current.
If you have additional questions, please contact your Scout
For more information on YPT, see our Training
at Barton - Cub Adventure Weekend
October 7-8, 2017
Cub Scouts of all ranks are invited to this weekend camp
with their parents/guardians and family. Come and see what Camp Barton
has to offer, experience the great outdoors and of course have fun!
Activities may include; archery, BB shooting, wall climbing, games, den
challenges and many more surprises. Registration starts at 8:00 am, the
event officially opens is at 8:45am, with instructions for the day and
the programs begin promptly at 9:00 am on Saturday. The program after
dinner will include “trick-or-treating” and will conclude after the
evening campfire program at around 8.30 pm. Breakfast will be provided
on Sunday morning at 8:00 am prior to departure.
Download a flyer
and registration form here - PDF
2018 Journey to Excellence Worksheets are Available
You can find them on the Advancement
and Recognition page
Congratulations to Troop 48's
three new Eagle Scouts!
August 23, 2017
Troop 48 had Courts of Honor for four new Eagle Scouts
Congratulations to Sean O'Neill, Toby Green, Nico Streb and Jacob
Fall Popcorn Sale
If your unit will be selling popcorn this fall - and
most of our district's units do - you should send a Commitment Form to
the council as soon as possible.
You can download
a Commitment Form here in PDF format.
The Cubs had a great time at
Barton School of Mystery and Magic
Camp Barton Cub Resident Camp
August 10-12, 2017
We've got more pictures and stories on the 2017
Cub Resident page
Troop 55 turns up for the first District Flash Mob
at Ithaca Farmers' Market - July 8th
The first District Flash Mob at the Ithaca Farmers'
Market today was more of a "Flicker Mob" - but "well
done" to Troop 55 for providing three Scouts and four leaders for
the try! Watch this space for another try at a full Flash Mob in August.
Happy 100th Birthday, Troop 4
June 18, 2017
The Troop 4 Centennial Celebration and Court of Honor
on Sunday, June 18, 2017 was a great success! Glad to see some T4 alumni
there (Oliver Habicht, Denise Lentini & Al Lentini, Jonathan M
Billing, Joyce Ann Billing & Michael Billing, Andrew Sternglass,
Karen Casey Carr, Ben Brown). Thanks to all who came out to share in the
celebration. If you weren't here in person, I'm sure you were there in
For more information and pictures, see the District
Congratulations to Martin
Eagle Scout at Troop 2 Ithaca
June 19, 2017
Congratulations to Martin Jander of Troop 2 -
Taughannock District's latest Eagle Scout! Martin's ceremony was held on
Monday, June 19th at the Cornell Outdoor Center on Monkey Run Road. The
Troop also presented advancement awards to a number of Scouts, and SM
and ASM Jery and Robin Stedinger were recognized for their receipt of
the Taughannock District's Founder's Award.
For more information and pictures, see the District
Blair Atholl Scottish International Patrol Jamborette - July 2018
Baden-Powell Council will be sending two six-Scout patrols to the 2018 Blair Atholl
Scottish International Jamborette, which
will be held in Blair Atholl, Scotland, in July 2018. We will spend a
week touring around Scotland, then ten days at the Jamborette, followed
by four days of home hospitality. This is our twelfth trip since 1996,
and it's always an experience of a lifetime for the Scouts who are fortunate
enough to attend.
If you know of any
Scouts (or Sea Scouts or Venturers) who will be 14 to 17 years old as of
next July and would be interested in being part of our contingent, have
them download an application from the BPBlairAtholl.org website and send
it back ASAP. The twelve available spots have been filled, but we are
taking applications for a waiting list - the sooner your
Scout gets in an application, the better!
For information and the forms, see the 2018
Jamborette page on the BPBlairAtholl
E-mailed questions can be sent to Scotland@TCScouts.org
- Mike Brown, Contingent Leader
Lion Cub pilot program has been
extended to all
Taughannock District Packs starting in September, 2017
The "Lion Cub" pilot program for
kindergarten-age boys, which has been tested in a few packs in our
Council over the last year, is now available to all District Packs. That means that packs can start recruiting for Lion Cubs as soon
as the boys enter kindergarten.
Your District needs YOU! Or, at least, someone like
you... Are you looking to do something for Scouting in Tompkins
and Cortland County? Have you retired from a Pack, Troop, Ship or Crew,
and you'd like a new challenge?
Taughannock District is open to volunteers from anywhere in the
Tompkins and Cortland County area. We believe Scouting is an important
community activity and we welcome anyone who is willing to help our
youth members live up to Scouting's ideals by registering as a
For more information, and a list of available
positions, see our new "Help Wanted"
Presentations and handouts from the Baden-Powell
Council's University of Scouting over the years are now available on
an on-line resource
page. Check it out!
The link to the resources can always be found on our Training
page and also on the Council
website training page.
the Taughannock District Virtual Patch Collection!
Lots of Scouts and Scouters collect patches - your
Webmaster is no exception.
So, I've started to put up a Virtual Patch Collection
for the district.
It's a work in progress, and will by no means be exhaustive, but it's
what I've got.
Click here to get
started - or look for the "Virtual Patch Collection"
button on the left.
- Mike Brown
Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following
changes to training, which will be released this year:
- BALOO/OWL -
has been combined and broken into two parts. Both parts must be
completed to be considered trained. RELEASE target is end of
2nd Quarter (end June timeframe).
- Part 1
- On line
- Part 2
- in the field
- Boy Scout
Leader Position Specific Training - on line training is going to be
19 modules (don't groan). RELEASE target is end of 1st Quarter
(end March timeframe)
Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position
trained (Fast Start is already on line). RELEASE target is end
of 2nd Quarter (end June timeframe)
Basic - on line training. RELEASE target is end of 2nd Quarter
(end June timeframe)
For more information see the Training
Does your Unit have a website or Facebook group/page?
If so, check out the Cub, Scout
or Venture/Explorer web page on this site, and
if there's no link to your page please
send our webmaster an e-mail so we can let the world know. The
more links to your social media, the more likely it is that you'll pick
up new members from it!
District Coat of Arms...
Our District Chair, Liam Murphy, has created a Coat
of Arms for the Taughannock District. In keeping with his expertise in
Celtic Heraldry, the new arms have a shield quartered in red and white.
Clockwise from the upper left, the symbols are the Scout fleur-de-lis, a
dragon for Cortland County (SUNY's mascot), a Mallard Duck (of course),
and a bear for Tompkins County (Cornell's mascot). The shield is
supported by a Thumb Stick (traditional Scout walking stick), which also
hangs a Scout campaign hat. Under the shield, there's a scroll bearing
the Taughannock District Latin Motto - "Quantem autem quisque
non lactaverunt", a sentiment we can all support...
Well Done Liam!
You can download the Coat of Arms here: Large
or Medium Size
Aviation Explorer Post 62 - East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport
If you know anyone
between 14-20 years old who is interested in flying, invite him or her
to come to our meeting and join Post 62!
You can find more
information and our annual calendar on our web
page, and also on our Facebook
page. For ongoing information, join our Google
Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail
to Mike Brown or call 607-844-8584.
Advancement and Recognition
- Lion Program Changes: Based on volunteer suggestions last
year, there have been a number of changes to the Lion program for
Kindergarten-age boys. See this Scouting
Magazine article for details
- Cub Advancement News: There were major changes effective
December 1, 2016. See our Advancement
page for more information.
- Scout Advancement News:
Activity and Program News
See the Activities Page or
Camping Page for
information on upcoming events.
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for
Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:
(Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cub
Long hours, no pay, great job
satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week),
so act NOW! Contact the District
Executive or District
Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
Long-Time B-P Council Volunteer Bob Dealaman
is 2017 Silver Buffalo Recipient
The Silver Buffalo is the highest award which is granted by the BSA
on a national basis. These 12 men and women join the prestigious
list of Scouters who have received this award since 1926:
David Biegler Circle Ten Dallas, TX
Nelson R. Block Sam Houston Area Houston, TX
L. H. (Larry) Chase Atlanta Area Marietta, GA
Lucia Cronin Bay-Lakes River Hills, WI
Robert G. Dealaman Baden Powell Endwell, NY
Eric L. Hiser Grand Canyon Phoenix, AZ
Kenneth P. King Three Fires St. Charles, IL
Carol McCarthy Buckskin Fayetteville, WV
Daniel G. Ownby Sam Houston Area Houston, TX
Aubrey B. Patterson Yocona Area Tupelo, MS
Mark D. Rose Gulf Ridge Lutz, FL
David L. Steward Grtr St. Louis Area St. Louis, MO
The list includes massive names in Scouting (Robert
Baden-Powell, “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt), Hollywood (Walt
Disney, Jimmy Stewart), sports (Yogi Berra, Archie Manning) and politics
(Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson).
And it also includes Scouters whose names you don’t know but whose
impact you can see and feel.
The men and women who wear the Silver Buffalo pendant suspended
from a red-and-white ribbon have diverse backgrounds but are united by
their commitment to the Scouting movement.
See the Baden-Powell