Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA
Scouts BSA





















 

Scouts BSA is for boys (and, after February 1, 2019, girls) 11 to 17 years of age. Young people also may become Scouts if they have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old.

The Scouts BSA program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the "Aims of Scouting." They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The methods by which the aims are achieved are listed below in random order to emphasize the equal importance of each.

Outdoor Programs

Scouts BSA is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty of the world around us. The outdoors is the laboratory in which Scouts learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources.

 

 

Ideals

The ideals of Scouts BSA are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes.

Advancement

Scouts BSA provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Scout plans his/her advancement and progresses at his/her own pace as he meets each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps the Scout gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Patrols

The patrol method gives Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where members can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through elected representatives, the Patrol Leaders.

The Scout Troop

Scout Patrols are organized into Troops, under the leadership of an elected Senior Patrol Leader, and encouraged and advised by an adult Scoutmaster and his (or her) assistants. The SPL and Patrol Leaders make up a Patrol Leaders Council which plans and carries out the Troop's program.

The Troop will usually have an outing once a month, and most troops will plan a major trip or high adventure activity at least once a year, such as a touring trip to Washington DC, or a hike on a Historic Trail. 

Troop Meetings

Most Troops hold regular weekly meetings - see the chart, below, to see when each of our District's Troops meet. 

At the weekly Troop meetings, Scouts can work on their advancement, learn Scout Skills, plan for their next outing, play games and generally have fun. Meetings may also involve guest speakers or field trips to local points of interest. 

Summer meetings are usually less formal, with the Scouts taking advantage of the good weather and late sunsets to hike or swim or do other outdoor activities. 

Going Places...

Scouts are active, by definition. You'll find them out on the hiking trail, or riding their bikes around Cayuga Lake on a weekend bike hike. 

Summer Camp

What would a Scout's Summer be without a week at Summer Camp? Our Council operates two camps - Camp Barton on Cayuga Lake and Camp Tuscarora in the Catskills.


Food is always a hit among hungry Scouts - here at the Hungry Games, a Camporee on a cooking theme.

Inter-Troop Activities

Several times a year the Troop will meet with other troops for a weekend activity, usually organized by the District or Council. These "Camporees" often involve competition between Patrols in games involving Scout Skills, physical activity, and problem solving. Sometimes a Camporee will focus on a Merit Badge or a theme such as Nature or Survival.

See our Scrapbook page for pictures and descriptions of past District Camporees. 

 


Scouts practice firebuilding skills at a Winter Camporee


Scouts earned Aviation Merit Badge and got to fly at a Flying Camporee

A World-Wide Movement

A Scout is a member of a world-wide movement - there are Scouting organizations in almost every country. While he is in the Scouts, a Scout may have the opportunity to take part in an International activity involving Scouts from other countries, such as a National Jamboree or the Blair Atholl Scottish Jamborette, or he might host an overseas Scout here on home visitation. 

If you are interested in starting a new Pack, Troop or Crew in your area, please contact the Taughannock District Executive at DE@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org

A note on girls in Scouts BSA

Younger girls, from kindergarten to fourth grade, will be able to join Cub Scouts starting in June 2018. Starting on February 1, 2019, girls between 11-17 years of age will be eligible to join Scouts BSA. While the Scouts BSA program will be open to both boys and girls after that point, each troop will be single-gender. The details have not yet been fully announced, but it is expected that many, if not all, sponsors who currently sponsor Scout troops for boys will, after February 1, 2019, also sponsor troops for girls. The two affiliated troops may share a single troop committee, and may meet at the same time and place and plan joint activities, but each troop must have its own Scoutmaster (that is, one person cannot be Scoutmaster of both troops). In all likelihood, affiliated boy and girl troops will use the same troop number for everyday use, although for paperwork purposes the new girls-only troop will probably have a prefix in the computer - so, for example, if the sponsor of current Troop 46 forms an affiliate girls-only troop, it might be "Troop 6046" in the computer, but all of the girls and boys and leaders would wear "46" on their sleeves. 

As the guidelines are developed by BSA National over time, they will be announced on the Family Scouting page on National's website, and important information will be posted to the district announcements page. 

There's a Scout Troop near you!

Troops in Cortland County
with contact people and numbers

City of Cortland

  • Troop 94 - Chris Decker, Scoutmaster 756-2219 gdecker001@twcny.rr.com 
    United Presbyterian Church, Tues, 7-9:00 pm

Cortland County

 

Troops in Tompkins County
with contact people and numbers

City of Ithaca

Tompkins County

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