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Scout Troops - Camporee Survey

A survey about what our Scouts and Troop Leaders would like to see at future District Camporees was handed out at the February Roundtable.
Additional copies of the surveys can be found on this website.

Each Scout Troop should fill out two surveys - one by the Scouts (SPL or PLC) and one by the adult leaders (SM, ASMs) - and if you didn't hand them in at the April Roundtable, please scan and e-mail the form to Mike Brown DC@TCScouts.org

Thank you for the help!

Hazardous Weather Training is now required
for all Direct-Contact leaders

As of April 2018, all direct-contact leaders must take Hazardous Weather Training (course code SCO_800) to be considered "trained" for their positions. The training is a half-hour online course, available through the my.scouting.org Training Center, and has a two-year "shelf life". 

Even if you're already trained for your position, it's not a bad idea to take this training. It's quick and has useful information. 


Questions about the Family Scouting Program (a/k/a girls in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts)?

The National Council has a web page with the latest news regarding Family Scouting which will have the most up-to-date information as things progress. 


Taughannock District Day of Service
April 21st
Lime Hollow Nature Center, Cortland

See the Activity Page for details. 

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 is Reverent

$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, stacy.hall@scouting.org  607-648-7888
Eileen Horan, heileeno@aol.com 607-723-7046


Note: This is the same date and place as the Taughannock District Day of Service -see the Activity Page for details. 

Bi-Monthly Cub Activities at
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier
60 Morgan Road, Binghamton

Next Sessions - April 21st

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. 

Download a flyer here for the April programs (PDF)

For details see the Activity Page

You're invited to the Taughannock District Scouting Awards Dinner!
Dryden Fire Hall
April 27, 2018

On behalf of the Taughannock District of the Baden-Powell Council, you are cordially invited to attend the Taughannock District Scouting Award Dinner. This year's event will be held at the Dryden Fire Hall on April 27, 2018, at 6:00PM. The District Award Dinner is our opportunity to recognize the adult volunteers and youth of the district for the significant efforts they have contributed to the scouting programs during the 2017-2018 year.

Highlights of the event will include celebrating the accomplishments of the District and the presentation of adult leader recognitions. The cost of the dinner will be $12 per adult, payable at time of reservation.

This year the District will provide meat, beverage, cake, and table service. Please bring a vegetable, salad, or dish of choice to share.

Our goal is to recognize someone from every unit. We encourage you to utilize the Spark Plug Award as one way to accomplish this. Application for this and other District awards is available on the Advancement and Recognition Page on this website. All Training Award and Veteran Service Award applications need to be submitted to Kathlene Gross no later than March 28, 2018 to ensure that they are processed and available for presentation at the award dinner. All other award nominations should be submitted no later than ROUNDTABLE April 11, 2018.

Please be sure to share this letter with all your Unit Scout Families and Leaders....make no exceptions!

Please make your reservation by submitting the registration form at the March or April Roundtable, or email to Recognition@tcscouts.org  by April 11, 2018. Make checks payable to Baden-Powell Council and note "Taughannock District Scouting Award" Dinner in the Memo line. 

Questions may be directed to Kathlene Gross (844-4237) or Christian Averill (877-674-8876) or sent by e-mail to recognition@TCScouts.org 

An invitation letter and registration form can be downloaded here (PDF)

Order of the Arrow American Indian Events

Hey! Scouts are you looking for something NEW & EXCITING? Well, Our OA Chapter is offering new programs in American Indian Events!

See the Activities page for details and a flyer

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

Wild 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 pictures.

Congratulations to 
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 Page

"Congratulations" and "Thanks" to all!
The District Winter Camporee was a success!

For more information and photos, see the Scrapbook Page

Calling all Aviators!
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 page
For ongoing information,  join our Google Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail to Post62@TCScouts.org or call 607-844-8584.  

Change to YPT requirements for Boy Scout Troops
Effective Summer 2018

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.

Boy Scout Camping Fees for 2018 have been established

See Camping page for details

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!

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

Changes to BSA Training

BSA National  HQ has announced the following changes to training:

  • Youth 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).  
  • Chartered Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position trained (Fast Start is already on line). 
  • Commissioners 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 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!

Our 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 News

  • 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: 
    • Eagle Palm requirements changed August 1, 2017/ See the Advancement Page for details. 
    • 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

      • Exploring - released February, 2017

      For the latest news, see National's Program Updates page

Activity and Program News

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

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, “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

National and International News

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 for Details


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