Baden-Powell Council, BSA
New BSA Youth Protection Course Rolled Out
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 on or after Aug. 1, 2017, and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each additional five merit badges you have completed before your Eagle Scout board of review beyond those required for Eagle. In addition, all current Scouts who completed their Eagle board of review and who had not passed their 18th birthday before Aug, 1, 2017 are entitled as well. For these Palms only, it will not be necessary for you to complete 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.
The original announcement said that this change only applied to Scouts with Boards of Review after August 1, 2017. As of October 25th, this has changed to apply to all Scouts who earned their Eagle and who were not yet 18 as of August 1st. . Now those current Eagle Scouts can immediately apply for and receive Eagle Palms for merit badges earned before their board of review.
Let me reiterate: Only those merit badges earned before the Scout’s Eagle board of review count, assuming those merit badges have not already been applied to a previously awarded Palm.
For example: David had 41 merit badges when he became an Eagle Scout on July 29, 2017. That’s 20 more than required. Under the revision, he’s entitled to receive and wear a Silver Palm (representing 15 additional merit badges) and a Bronze Palm (representing five additional). Under the previous rule, it would’ve taken David a year to earn those Palms — three months for every five merit badges.
What about any merit badges David earns after his board of review on July 29, 2017? The usual requirements apply - he will have to wait until he has satisfied them before applying for additional palms.
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 leadership.”
For a PDF listing of the current requirement, see here on the National website.
The Scouts earned Automobile Maintenance Merit Badge through 12 different stations, and the Cubs built balloon-powered cars. There were a number of interesting cars to look at, a Truck Simulator for the Scouts to drive, a Big Rig to sit in, a Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) radio station, a rollover demonstrator, and a movie in the evening. Our thanks to the Central New York Living History Center for hosting the event, to the Skyline Radio Club for the JOTA station, to P &S Transportation for the truck and the simulator, to the NY State Police for the rollover demonstrator, and, of course, to all of the District, Troop and Pack Scouters who did all of the work to make the Auto-Ree possible. A special "thanks" goes to Roger Garnett for organizing the Scout Camporee, Lynn Green for organizing the Cub event (among other things) and to Kathlene and Dave Gross for the logistical support. If I've forgotten to mention you - sorry about that, and "thanks" to you, too!
For more pictures see the 2017 Auto-Ree page!
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: email@example.com
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 Baden-Powell Council.
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 today's decision.
Scout Troops should be aware of the following change to BSA Youth Protection rules:
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 the trip.
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 resident camp.
For more pictures, see the 2017 Rocket Derby page
See Camping page for details
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.
This fee change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships. However, it will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships, nor to Exploring posts/clubs (Explorer fees will increase sometime in 2018).
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
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 application.
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 Executive.
For more information on YPT, see our Training Page
You can find them on the Advancement and Recognition page
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 volunteer.
For more information, and a list of available positions, see our new "Help Wanted" page!
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!
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
BSA National HQ has announced the following changes to training:
For more information see the Training 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!
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!
Animation - released May, 2015
Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014
Signs, Signals and Codes - released February 26, 2015
Exploring - released February, 2017
For the latest news, see National's Program Updates page
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:
Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cub Roundtable
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
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 Council website
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 for Details
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