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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 for details

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

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 the
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 details

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 Ithaca!
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 spirit. 

For more information and pictures, see the District Scrapbook

Congratulations to Martin Jander
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 Scrapbook

2018 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 website. 
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 the 
Taughannock District Awards Dinner
April 28, 2017

Nelson Jeffrey received the District Award of Merit at the Awards Dinner. 
For more pictures of the dinner and other awards, see the Scrapbook Page

Help Wanted!

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!

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 requirement.  

There's an FAQ about the action on the Scouting.Org website: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/TourPlanFAQ.aspx 

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

University of Scouting Resources

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

Congratulations 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 page.


Welcome to our new Cub Associate, Stacy Hall!

Dear Taughannock District Cub Scout Packs,  

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, 2017!

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.

Stacy Hall

Stacy Hall
Cub Scout Associate
Baden-Powell Council BSA
2150 NYS Route 12
Binghamton, NY 13901

Email: stacy.hall@scouting.org
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 Badge -
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. 

Introducing 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)
  • Chartered 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)
  • Commissioners Basic - on line training.  RELEASE target is end of 2nd Quarter (end June timeframe)

International Recognition Awards

The International Department manages the requirements for two awards, the International Spirit Award and the International Scoutersí Award. 

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 events. 

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 for details

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!

Our 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

From 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 Hampshire.

Read more on the District Scrapbook!

Calling all Aviators!

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 News

 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 National:

BSA National's Recruiting Materials Website

Try http://www.scouting.org/Home/Marketing/Recruiting_Build.aspx
and http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/ 
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA recruiting theme.

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 News

  • 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 page
    • 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 26, 2015

      • Exploring - released February, 2017

Activity and Program News

See the Activities Page or Camping Page for information on upcoming events. 

Upcoming Events:

  • July 2-Aug 5 - Boy Scout Summer Camp, weeks 1-5 - see Council Camping Page 

  • July 24-28 - Cub Scout Day Camp at Izaak Walton League - see Camping Page

  • August 10-12 - Cub Scout Resident Camp at Camp Barton - see Camping Page

  • August 14-18 - Cub Scout Day Camp at Camp Barton - see Camping Page

  • August 26 - Camp Barton 90th Birthday Open House - see Activity Page

  • October 7-8 - Boo at Barton - Cub Scout Fall Adventure Weekend - see Camping Page

  • October 20-22 - Auto-Ree Fall Camporee - see Activity Page

District News

  • Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:

    • Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)

    • Advancement (Cub and Scout)

    • Finance

    • Membership

    • 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 

Council News

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 Council website

National and International News

What's New? Updated Content on the District Website

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