West Things That Roll
Spring 2018 Camp Barton Cub Adventure Weekend
May 5-6, 2018
Baden-Powell Council is proud to present another
Cub Family Adventure Weekend!!
See the Camping Page
for more details and a Flyer/Registration Form!
Our Cubs had fun at the
District Pinewood Derby
March 10, 2018!
See the District Scrapbook for more
Clay Converse, Baden-Powell Council Silver Beaver
and Ed Plesnar, Sea Scout Leader Award
Congratulations to Taughannock's Clay Converse on
being awarded his Silver Beaver at the Council recognition dinner on
Saturday, February 24th! Congratulations also to Ed Plesnar, Chris
DeLage, Michelle Noyes and Liam Stark for receiving awards for their
leadership in Venturing and Sea Scouts.
New BSA Youth Protection Course Rolled Out
Effective February 1, 2018
BSA National has rolled out a new Youth Protection
Training course, which is being called YPT2 (at least unofficially).
This new four-module online training course is to be used for all adults
in all programs, and it replaces the three program-specific courses -
Y01 (generic), Y02 (Venturing) and Y03 (Exploring) - which were in
effect until now.
Effective immediately, all new and renewing adults
must take the new YPT2 training - the old training is no longer
available online, and the old courses should no longer be given as
in-person or DVD-based training. National has promised an in-person
version of the training will be available in July.
At this time, the BSA has said that all
currently-registered adults will be required to take YPT2 before October
1st in order to remain current - in other words, they are saying
that whatever expiration date you might have on your current YPT, it
will be canceled on October 1st. These deadlines have a habit of
slipping, and you'll probably have to take YPT again before the end of
the year to meet the council's local policy anyway, so in the words of
the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, "Don't Panic".
For more details, see the Training
University of Scouting
Saturday, March 17th
Whitney Point High School
The University of Scouting is an opportunity to obtain
advanced training for all leaders - adults at all program levels, and
older youth 14+. Your unit's leaders should be there!
See the Training page
Scouts Day at Cornell
Saturday, April 14, 2018
The co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega Gamma
chapter of Cornell University, would like to announce our first Scouts
Day for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the local Tompkins County and
We are looking forward to welcoming Scouts to Cornell's
campus to participate in a wide range of student-run badge workshops and
participate in service projects with APO members for our local
Scouts Day will take place on Saturday, April 14th from
10am-4pm and is open for Boy Scouts and Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes.
Registration will begin in mid-February and more information will be
released on http://www.apogamma.org
in the upcoming weeks.
The expected cost will be $10 per Scout. For any
immediate questions, please e-mail Winnie Ho at email@example.com
Taughannock District Day of Service
Lime Hollow Nature Center, Cortland
See the Activity Page for
2018 Duty to God Retreat
Lime Hollow Nature Center, Cortland, NY, April 21, 2018
9 AM sign in and 4 PM closing
Theme: Still Small Voice
Come join in on a day of fun filled activities.This will be a family
event activity highlighting the twelfth point of the Scout Law - A Scout
$7.00 per person with a $25 maximum per family. Lunch is included.
Download a Flyer
and Registration Form here (PDF)
Contact info for more information:
Stacy Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen Horan, email@example.com
Note: This is the same date and place as the Taughannock District Day
of Service -see the Activity Page for
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
TAUGHANNOCK DISTRICT AWARDS DINNER
APRIL 27, 2018 6 p.m. - DRYDEN FIRE HALL
Forms for all awards may be downloaded from the District
PLEASE ENCOURAGE ALL LEADERS IN YOUR UNIT TO ATTEND
"Thanks" to all!
The District Winter Camporee was a success!
For more information and photos, see the Scrapbook
Bi-Monthly Cub Activities at
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier
60 Morgan Road, Binghamton
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is a hands on
children's museum. They offer workshops and an overnight snooze
experience for Cub Scouts every other month.
For details see the Activity
Aviation Explorer Post 62 - East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport
Meetings on second Sundays, 3:00PM (usually)
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!
Download a flyer here in PDF
You can find more
information and our annual calendar on our web
page, and also on our Facebook
For ongoing information, join our Google
Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail to Post62@TCScouts.org
or call 607-844-8584.
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.
Should you be approached by media with questions, please refer them
to me or provide the person with the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you have questions that I may be of assistance with, please
call or email.
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
Boy Scout Camping Fees for 2018 have been established
See Camping page for
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:
Protection - a new course was introduced on February 1, 2018. This
course is for adults in all BSA programs, replacing the former three
program-specific YPT courses Y01-Y03. All current leaders must take
the new YPT before October 1, 2018. See the
Training page for more information.
- BALOO/OWL -
has been combined and broken into two parts. Both parts must be
completed to be considered trained.
- Part 1
- On line
- Part 2
- in the field
- Boy Scout
Leader Position Specific Training - on line training available - 19 modules (don't groan).
Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position
trained (Fast Start is already on line).
Basic - on line training.
- Den Leader
Training was updated in March 2018 - an online version is expected
later in 2018.
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
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 Also, effective in 2018,
Lions are now an official part of Cub Scouting.
- 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
VenturingFest at Summit Bechtel
- July 1-6, 2018
VenturingFest 2018 is a special Scouting event at Summit
Bechtel Reservation (SBR) that’s open to registered Venturers, Scouts
and adult leaders across the U.S. This six-day high-adventure festival
invites participants to explore the best the SBR has to offer. We’re
talking rock climbing, skateboarding, BMX biking, water sports, shooting
sports, zip lines, challenge courses, and so much more!
See Activity Page