Cub Leader Training
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6:00PM in Whitney Point
Two Cub Scout leader trainings are being offered Wednesday evening,
August 23 in Whitney Point.
1) Den Leader training is a single course for all Tiger / Wolf / Bear
/ Webelos den leaders
2) Lion Guide training will also be available, Lions is a new program
for kindergarten-aged Cub Scouts.
See the Training Page
District Program Kickoffs - All Units should attend
one of them!
Yaman Park, Cortland - Tuesday, Aug. 29th at 6:00PM
Stewart Park, Ithaca - Wednesday, Aug. 30th at 6:00PM
Note there are TWO kick-off programs - all units
should be represented at one of the kick-offs to receive latest
information you'll need for the upcoming season - popcorn, fall
recruiting, program updates and remindersÖ
NOTE THE DATE CHANGE FOR THE
Due to the Tornado Warning and predications for violent
thunderstorms at 6:00 on the 22nd, the Cortland Kickoff has been
postponed one week.
Dedication of Camp Barton Geology Trail
September 3rd - 3:00PM
Eric Bloom, a Scouter formerly from Ithaca, has been
working with an intern to set up a Geology trail at Camp Barton in
memory of his father, a Cornell Geology professor. The trail pamphlet
has been completed, and he's having a dedication ceremony at Camp
Barton's Handicraft Porch on September 3rd at 3:00PM. Refreshments will
be served 3-5pm. All B-P Council Scouters are invited.
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
Take Yourself Back in Time!
Camp Barton 90th Birthday Open House
Saturday, August 26th - 9:30AM to 6:00 PM
See Activity Page for
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 will be
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, will be extended to all District Packs this
fall. That means that packs can start recruiting for Lion Cubs as soon
as the boys enter kindergarten. There will be more information about
this at the Cub Breakouts at Roundtable in the coming months.
Congratulations to everyone who received awards at
Taughannock District Awards Dinner
April 28, 2017
Nelson Jeffrey received the District Award of Merit at the Awards
For more pictures of the dinner and other awards, see the Scrapbook
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"
Tour Plans have been discontinued by BSA
Despite the April 1st effective date, this is no April
Fool's joke. BSA has done a study and realized that filling out tour
plans (the successor to the old Tour Permits we had to do on paper when
I was a Scoutmaster) and getting them signed by someone at the Council
Office simply doesn't have any correlation to actual safety. So, they
have eliminated the requirement to get an approved Tour Plan before
taking your unit on a trip. Instead, starting today, April 1, 2017,
units are simply required to do the planning they were doing anyway, and
adhere to the Guide to Safe Scouting, which was always a
There's an FAQ about the action on the Scouting.Org
I would suggest that any unit going on a trip in the
next six months or so should print out the FAQ page, just in case
someplace you stay at asks to see your Tour Permit (I have been asked
for that in the past).
- Mike Brown, District Commissioner
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.
to Ship 25's newest Quartermaster
Callie Kaplan Wright!
Congratulations to Callie Kaplan-Wright, from Sea Scout Ship 25, in
earning Quartermaster - Sea Scouting's highest rank, and one earned by
very few Sea Scouts nationwide. The ceremony was held at the Trumansburg
Conservatory on Saturday, March 11th. A Land Ship was set up, and the
ceremony took place on its deck.
For more pictures, see the District Scrapbook
to our new Cub Associate, Stacy Hall!
Dear Taughannock District Cub Scout
I would like to take a quick minute
of your time to introduce myself. My name is Stacy Hall. I have recently
acquired the new position of Cub Scout Associate for the Taughannock
& Chenango districts. Iím very excited to begin this adventure and
get to know each and every one of you. I begin March 8th,
A brief overview of my background isÖIn June of 2011, I was introduced
to scouting when my oldest son became the age of a Tiger Scout. I
learned first-hand the excitement and fear of being a Tiger Partner.
Within days I became the Assistant Den Leader. The next year I became
the Wolf Den Leader and a Pack Committee Member. From that point, I
moved as a Den Leader with my son to Bear and Webelos, began a three
year administration as the Izaak Walton Cub Scout Camping Program
Director and Taughannock District Popcorn Kernel. In 2014 I became the
Committee Chair person for our pack. I continue to hold that position as
well as the den leader position for my youngest sonís Wolf den so
Iím currently on round two of the den leader adventure.
I truly love the scouting program and
what life lessons and values it teaches our youth. Iím excited to be a
part of helping bring this program to more youth and share my
experiences and knowledge to make that happen. Iím available for any
assistance you may need to help run a quality program in your pack.
The main role of my position is to
get to know you and your packs and help you in any way to run a good
program that more Cub Scouts want to be a part of. From flyers to
training to an extra set of hands or ears, Iím here for you!
Thank you very much for the time and
energy that you dedicate to your pack and this program. I know
first-hand how time consuming and yet rewarding this endeavor is.
I look forward to getting to know you all.
Cub Scout Associate
Baden-Powell Council BSA
2150 NYS Route 12
Binghamton, NY 13901
Phone: 607 648-7888 ext. 110
Fax: 607 648-7895
Cell: 315 481-9759
Congratulations to the 2016 Silver Beavers!
Congratulations to the 2016 class of Silver Beaver
recipients, along with all the other volunteers who received awards at
the Baden-Powell Council Recognition Dinner on Saturday, February 25th!
The Silver Beaver award is the highest award granted by a Council to an
outstanding Scouter. This year's recipients were Michael Hughes, Fran
Bialy, Eileen Mulcahy and Chris Wilkinson. Peter Graney, Alex Powers,
Kevin Thompson and Andrew Thompson received the Venturing Leadership
Award. The Baden-Powell Council, and the Taughannock and Chenango
Districts received Gold status in the 2016 Journey to Excellence
(Hiawatha was Silver and Delahanna was Bronze).
Our Scrapbook Page has more
pictures from the 2017 Council Recognition Dinner!
Announcing Exploring Merit
BSA's first new merit badge since 2015!
See the Advancement
Page for details
Minutes from District Day of Planning
District Chairman Liam Murphy has posted the minutes
from our District Day of Planning, which was held on January 28th.
Download the minutes
in PDF format here.
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
Upcoming Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following
changes to training, which will be released this year:
- BALOO/OWL -
being 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)
The International Department manages the requirements
for two awards, the International Spirit Award and the International
To introduce your Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout,
Venturer, or Scouter to international Scouting, we recommend the
International Spirit Award. Earning this award is a great way to gain
knowledge about international Scouting while developing appreciation and
awareness of different cultures and countries. For the list of
requirements and the application, please visit http://www.scouting.org/International/recognitions.aspx.
The International Scoutersí Award encourages Scouters
to broaden their involvement through participation in world Scouting
activities. It also recognizes Scouters for their contributions to world
Scouting. For more information and the application, please visit http://www.scouting.org/International/InformationSheets/22-721.aspx.
Updated District Calendar is Available
Among other things accomplished at the District Planning
Day on January 28th, the District has updated the District
Calendar. An updated calendar has been
posted to this website, providing dates for District activities and
other events through the end of December 2018. Note that the dates in
2018 should be considered tentative until the Council has confirmed them
at their annual planning conference next month.
No major changes were made to dates in 2017 - a few new
items were added, and some details added to previously scheduled
The Advancement Committee has revised the schedule of
training offered by the Committee at Roundtables, moving a couple of
scheduled Life to Eagle sessions for Boy Scouts, and adding Board of
Review training for Scout/Venture leaders at September Roundtables in
2017 and 2018. A training session on Eagle Boards will be held at
an Advancement Committee meeting each year as well.
Taughannock District Scouts
Explored the South Seas
Winter Camporee - January 21, 2017
See more pictures on the Winter Camporee 2017 page!
Baden-Powell Council Woodbadge Course
August 18-20, 2017 Camp Barton
September 8-10, 2017 at Tuscarora Scout Reservation
Woodbadge is the premier BSA training for adult
leaders. Have you been to Woodbage yet?
See the Training Page
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!
new district Coat of Arms...
Our new 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
Cub Scout Advancement Changes
Effective December 1st
National has announced major changes to the Cub Advancement
requirements - see the
Advancement page for details
2017 Journey to Excellence Worksheets are Available
You can find them on the Advancement
and Recognition page
Sea to Mountain Top: Ship 25's Summertime Adventure
From the ocean to the highest mountain peak in the northeast, Ship
25-NY enjoyed some true high adventure this summer. Twenty Two people
traveled over an 8 day period enjoying adventures across Maine and New
Read more on the District
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.
Merit Badge Counselors: Renew Online
In late November, all Merit Badge Counselors received a
letter from the Baden-Powell Council asking them to re-register.
The letter said that counselors could re-register through the Council
website. Counselors can also re-register through this website.
See the Advancement Page for
instructions and a form.
Are you getting The Link?
The Baden-Powell Council has begun sending out a
bi-weekly e-newsletter called The Link.
If you did not receive a copy recently, then you should sign
up through the Council to get on the mailing list!
BSA National Websites for Scouting Information and
Scoutingwire (not to be confused
with Scout Wire) is a resource for all Scouters. The URL is http://scoutingwire.org/
and you can subscribe to regular updates.
Scouters in Taughannock
District units should consider signing up - it looks like it should be a
great resource. The Winter issue of The Commissioner newsletter is one
of the first articles.
You might also be interested in the blogs from BSA
BSA National's Recruiting
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA
Ithaca School District Flyer Policy
All Ithaca units who are considering distributing
flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School
District Flyer Policy.
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer
Advancement and Recognition
- Cub Advancement News: There were major changes effective
December 1, 2016. See our Advancement
page for more information.
- Scout Advancement News:
- 2016 Boy Scout Advancement Requirements became
mandatory as of January 1st, 2017! Scouts must now switch
to the 2016 requirements. See our Advancement
page for more information.
- Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several
roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement
Page for details.
- Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement
- BSA introduced a number of new merit badges: watch our Advancement
page for details as they become available!
Animation - released May, 2015
Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014
Signs, Signals and Codes - released February
Exploring - released February, 2017
Activity and Program News
See the Activities Page or
Camping Page for
information on upcoming events.
July 2-Aug 5 - Boy Scout
Summer Camp, weeks 1-5 - see Council
July 24-28 - Cub Scout Day
Camp at Izaak Walton League - see Camping
August 10-12 - Cub Scout
Resident Camp at Camp Barton - see Camping
August 14-18 - Cub Scout Day
Camp at Camp Barton - see Camping
August 26 - Camp Barton 90th Birthday Open House -
see Activity Page
October 7-8 - Boo at Barton -
Cub Scout Fall Adventure Weekend - see Camping
October 20-22 - Auto-Ree Fall
Camporee - see Activity Page
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, ďGreen Bar BillĒ 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 donít 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
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