Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA
District Scrapbook


This, our current District Scrapbook page, covers district events in 2017 or later.

We also  have Scrapbook Pages for 2009 and earlier2010-2012, 2013-2014 and 2015-2016.

Our Cub Scouts had a great time at the
Taughannock District Pinewood Derby
March 10, 2018

The District Pinewood Derby was held at the Shops at Ithaca Mall on March 10, 2018. Our thanks to the Mall for providing the space, and to Pack 34 for providing the track and computer system and operational assistance. Thanks are also due to Lynn Green, Stacy Hall and all the other volunteers who helped make the event such a success. "Well done" to all!

Tom Sorensen acted as Master of Ceremonies and Joke-teller. Here, he explains the basic approach to the Arrow of Light Scouts (a/k/a second-year Webelos) - "just have fun!"

Arrow of Light Scouts watch their cars speed by

Arrow of Light Scout receiving "Wildest Design" award for his car. 

First Place Trophy for Arrow of Light Scouts

Webelos Scouts were next in line...

Webelos Scout receives "Scout Spirit" Award

Third Place Finish Webelos Scout

Second Place Finish Webelos Scout

Trophy for First Place Finish Webelos Scout

Bear Cub Scout checking his car in for competition.

Lynn Green organizing the Bear Cub Scouts to vote for the cars to win the various appearance awards.

Bear Cub Scouts photo finish
(no, the car didn't come in eighth of four - the camera caught the display changing from "0" to "4")

Bear Cub Scout receives "Wildest Design" award.

Third Place Finish Bear Cub Scout

Second Place Finish Bear Cub Scout

Trophy for First Place Finish Bear Cub Scout

And.... they're off!

The "Ethan Cub Scout" cut-out received a lot of photo play...

Wolf Cub Scouts cheer on their cars

Wolf Cub Scout cars receive a checkered flag from an enthusiastic sibling bystander

One Wolf Cub scout - two awards: "Best in Show" and "Wildest Design"

Wolf Cub Scout receives "Most Realistic" Award

Third Place Finish Wolf Cub Scout

Second Place Finish Wolf Cub Scout

"Gimme!" - Trophy for First Place Finish Wolf Cub Scout

Tiger Cub Scouts

Tiger Cub Scouts

Tiger Cub Scout receives award

One Tiger Cub Scout, two awards: "Scout Spirit" and Second Place Finish

Third Place Finish Tiger Cub Scout

The newest Cub Scout program - Lion Cub Scouts - is for Kindergarten-age boys. It was a pilot program last year, and has now become a regular part of the Cub Scout program at all Packs. 

The first-place car was way ahead of the others in every lap - quite an achievement for the Lion's first official Pinewood Derby.

Third Place Finish Lion Cub Scout

Second Place Finish Lion Cub Scout, with sibling photo-bomb

Trophy for First Place Finish Lion Cub Scout

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.

Taughannock District Winter Camporee
"On the Oregon Trail"
January 26-28, 2018
Camp Barton

For a second year, twelve team of Boy Scouts from Tompkins and Cortland counties competed in a snow-less Winter Camporee this weekend on the theme of The Oregon Trail. The scouts demonstrated a wide variety of skills: everything from rescuing a person with legs broken from a wagon, speed in building a fire, tying knots around a tree from 10 feet away, crossing their entire patrol across a river, making a map of their route and how to budget to equip a full wagon for a 6 month trip.

This year's competition was judged in part by Cornell student volunteers from Alpha Phi Omega, an international service fraternity along with various scout leaders.

The annual Winter Camporee is a high point of the scouting year for the two-county District, which includes all of Tompkins and Cortland counties. The Camporee experience gives Scouts a chance to meet other scouts and test their skills against many other troops. This competition focused particularly on teamwork and cooperation among the nearly 100 scouts competing.

The Scouts competed for the right to host the Taughannock District's highly-prized "Taughann-Duck" pole for the year in recognition of having the best scouting skills in the two county area.

This year's competition was won by the Moonlight Wolves Patrol of Troop 55 in Ellis Hollow, near Ithaca. Troop 4's Cobra Patrol from Patrol took second place with Homer's Troop 85 and its Adventurous Trojan's patrol coming in third. Special recognitions were awarded for particular skills. Troop 55's Soaring Eagle patrol had the best catapult, launching a tennis ball over a 10 foot obstacle for over 60 feet. Homer's Troop 85 made and presented the best potato based dish. The Squirrel patrol of Trumansburg's Troop 13 made the best map of their route over the entire day. The fastest fire to burn through a twine was won by Troop 4's Cobras. Troop 55's Eagles won the nearly mile long race with equipment in a time of 5:50. The scouting adults and Cornell volunteers gave the best Scout spirit award to the Apple Patrol of Homer's Troop 79.

The patrols prepare to leave on their sledding speed run.

Scouts learned about Scouting Heritage and answered questions in a quiz at the Scout Museum station.

Scouts identify prairie fauna and geographical features by looking out the front and back of their Conestoga Wagon. This station might seem like the "Mars Rover" station from past camporees, but of course since this was the Oregon Trail, the Mars Rover was still a century in the future...

As the winners of the last Winter Camporee, troop 55 provided the planning for this camporee.
Troop 55 photo

Troop 79 and their sled
Troop 79 photo

Troop 79 Scouts at their campfire
Troop 79 photo

Troop 85 Scouts at the First Aid station
Troop 85 photo

Troop 79 Scouts at the firebuilding station, attempting to roast a peep.
Troop 79 photo

Troop 79 receives instructions for the firebuilding station. 
Troop 79 photo

Troop 85 plans out what to carry on their Conestoga wagon.
Troop 85 photo

Troop 91 Scouts at the firebuilding station
Troop 91 photo

Troop 91 Scouts launch their catapult.
Troop 91 photo

Troop 85 Scouts and their sled
Troop 85 photo

Troop 91 Scouts at the First Aid station
Troop 91 photo

Troop 91 Scouts and their sled
Troop 91 photo

District Chair Liam Murphy addresses the assembled Scouts.

Troop 55 Moonlight Wolves Patrol, winners of the coveted Klonduck Pole 

Scouts assemble for the closing ceremony.

Pack 85 Homer - "Thankful" Meeting
November 27, 2017

Pack 85 held a special "Thankful" meeting, in order to thank the veterans and first responders for their service. 

Veterans and First Responders line up to receive the thanks of the Pack.

Bears line up to receive their advancement awards.

The Cubs sold lots of popcorn, so Pack leaders receive pies in the face,

Every meeting starts with the Pledge of Allegiance

Cubs earn prizes for selling popcorn.

Tigers receive advancement awards

Wolf Cubs present Thank You cards

Wolf Cubs present Thank You cards

Webelos Scouts receive advancement awards.

Webelos Scout recites a poem for the Veterans and First Responders

The Pack's Volunteer Leaders get a well-deserved "Thank You", too.

Taughannock District Auto-Ree
October 20-22, 2017
Central NY Living History Center 

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. 

For more pictures see the 2017 Auto-Ree page!

Pack 85 Homer held a great Rocket Derby on September 25, 2017!

For more pictures, see the 2017 Rocket Derby page

Congratulations to Eagle Scout 
Alex Whitehead - Troop 2, Ithaca
September 19, 2017

Alex's mother pins on his new Eagle badge

Scoutmaster Jery Stedinger administers the Eagle Oath

Alex's older brother gives the Eagle Charge

Alex pins Dad pin on his father...

and Mom pin on his mother

Congratulatory letters were read

Alex gave Robin Stedinger the Mentor pin

The Trail to Eagle

New troop officers were sworn in

Opening Ceremony

Badges were given to other Scouts

Barton Bs were earned by many...

Congratulations to Troop 48's three new Eagle Scouts!
August 23, 2017

Troop 48 had Courts of Honor for four new Eagle Scouts this week. 
Congratulations to Sean O'Neill, Toby Green, Nico Streb and Jacob Williamson!

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

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.

Scouts receive patches for the Camporee

Scouts received merit badges

DE Christian Averill presented the 2017 charter to the Troop

Martin pins Dad's Pin on his father..

...and the Mom's Pin on his mother

Mentor Pin

Eagle Medal was pinned on by Martin's mother

New Eagle Scout Martin Jander

Eagle Oath administered by Scoutmaster Jery Stedinger

New Eagle is escorted in by an Honor Guard

Troop Bugler opened the ceremony

Flag Ceremony

Opening Candle Ceremony

Letters of Congratulation were presented

This being the Cornell Outdoor Center, an outdoorsy special guest hopped in...

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. 

Thanks to A (PL - Cobras) & C (PL - Wolverines) who gave Patrol Leaders reports about activities during this centennial year. The Senior Patrol Leader, M, who gave a nice speech about the next 100 years of scouting in Troop 4. I hope he is right that scouts will still be making s'mores over a campfire 100 years from now. We talked about the history of Troop 4 in Ithaca, and shared the story behind the Thundercloud logo. Committee Chair, Bill Miller, who gave a slideshow on recent Troop 4 Eagle Projects. 

Thanks to Mike Brown & Mike Michael Homrighaus who brought historical materials to display, including a Troop 4 uniform shirt from the 1920s. We gave out new Troop 4 Centennial Neckerchiefs. Patches will be coming soon. It was a nice way to wrap-up Troop 4's centennial year. Now, it's off to summer camp at Camp Tuscarora. - John Udall

Troop 4, past and present, in a group portrait at the troop's 100th Birthday

The Scouts' advancement was reviewed

A number of Troop 4's former Scouts and leaders spoke about their memories of the troop.

Troop 4 Alumnus Oliver Habicht spoke about the troop and its connection to International Scouting.

Former Scoutmaster Bill Miller had a PowerPoint show about Eagle Projects done by Troop 4 Scouts over the last few years.

District Executive Christian Averill made a presentation for the Friends of Scouting campaign, with the aid of a few Troop 4 Scouts.

Michael Homrighaus added his thoughts on Friends of Scouting and the Blair Atholl Jamborette

The celebration was organized and MC'd by Troop 4 Alumnus, former SM and present ASM John Udall

Grace was said before the meal...

A candle-lit opening ceremony - no, they didn't skip points of the Scout Law, the breeze from the window kept blowing out the candles...

Troop 4 Scoutmaster Dave Korb

Patrol Leaders reported on their exploits in 2016-17

Taughannock District Awards Dinner
April 28, 2017

The Taughannock District held its annual Awards Dinner on April 28th at the Dryden Fire Hall. "Thanks" to Kathlene Gross for organizing the event, Michael Homrighaus for acting as MC and preparing the awards, and to everyone else who worked to make the dinner a success - and "Congratulations" to everyone who received an award! The District Award of Merit, the highest award a District can give, was presented to Nelson Jeffrey. Some of the other awards, official and otherwise, can be seen in the photographs.

The Order of the Black Duck - all named "Mike". From left to right, Mike Jane Converse, Mike Leroy Schultz, Mike Clay Converse, Mike Dave Gross, Mike Kathlene Gross, Mike Ben Brown, Mike Hughes, Mike Brown, Mike Stoll, Michael Homrighaus, and Mike Jim Graney.

The dinner opened with the traditional flag ceremony, and the Scout Oath and Law

Fifty-year Veteran awards were presented to Mike Stoll and Leroy Schultz

Liam Murphy presenting a "76er Patrol:" award to Chris Ryan. The annual 76er Patrol is made up of outstanding youth members.

Toby Green into is welcomed into the 76er Patrol for 2017

Peter Graney, new member of the 2017 76er Patrol

Kathlene Gross presented Camp Barton Ranger Dave Carlson with framed photographs of sunrise and sunset at Camp Barton.

Mike Hughes presents an Order of the Black Duck to District Chair Liam Murphy

Four Mikes - a quorum.

Present District Chair Liam Murphy presented a special certificate to Jim Graney for his efforts as District Chair in past years

District Chair Liam Murphy presented Mike Hughes with a certificate recognizing his work as past District Chair (twice)

The District Good Turn Award was presented to Transonic Systems for hosting our Scouts at the two District Fly-o-Rees held at the Ithaca Airport. Cor Drost accepts the certificate for Transonic.

This year's Patriot Patrol, named after Daniel Tompkins with Clay Converse, Mac Lynn Green, Kathlene Gross and Michael Homrighaus.

Mike Hughes presenting the Order of the Gorget to Callie Kaplan-Wright

Mike Stoll also received the Order of the Gorget

Those who have helped the district in the past year, but haven't yet received any district awards, are given the "Rising Star" certificate. This is Shana Kleckner Snyder from Pack 10, Groton

District Commissioner Mike Brown with Kate MacKenzie and her Rising Star award

Bill Wright was inducted as a member of the Old Guard

Another Rising Star award, presented by District Chair Liam Murphy with Michael Homrighaus and District Commissioner Mike Brown

Training awards were presented to a number of adult leaders by District Training Chair (and dinner MC) Mike Homrighaus

The prized Spark Plug Award - a real spark plug mounted on a block of wood - is awarded by individual units to people who have helped make the unit go during the year.

A special Golden Spark Plug was also awarded to two volunteers. Unlike a regular Spark Plug, the Golden Spark Plug is covered in gold paint, which makes it much more... something.

The Founders Award for 2017 was presented to Robin Stedinger and Jerry Stedinger

Doug Blakeley presenting the District Award of Merit to Nelson Jeffrey

Sea Scout Ship 25's newest Quartermaster
Callie Kaplan Wright
March 11, 2017

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.

Callie and the Quartermaster certificate.

Commodore Jim Graney congratulates Callie on her new Quartermaster rank.

S.S.S. Spear's Skipper, Ed Plesnar.

Commodore Jim Graney congratulates Callie on her new Quartermaster rank.

Callie's father, Bill Wright, says a few words...

Gene Little from the Coast Guard Auxiliary presents a letter to Callie at the QM ceremony.

Commodore Jim Graney boards the Land Ship, with four ceremonial Side Boys.

Evan Graney explains the meaning of the Quartermaster rank.

Commodore (and former District Chair) Jim Graney conducted the QM ceremony.

Sea Scout pipes dignitaries on board the Land Ship.

The meeting opened with a flag ceremony, as the flag was raised on the stern of the Land Ship.

S.S.S. Spear's Skipper, Ed Plesnar.

Council Recognition Dinner
February 25, 2017

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).

Cubs from Pack 155 opened the dinner with a flag ceremony

Council Commissioner Don Perkins

Council VP for Properties Mike Kazarinoff

Council President Kevin McKeown

Council Executive Rick Christ

Council VP for Program Mary Ann Wilcox

Council VP for Outdoor Adventure Bernie McDermott

Peter Graney and Alex Powers received the Venturing Leadership Award, as did Andrew and Kevin Thompson

Silver Beaver Chris Wilkinson

Silver Beaver Eileen Mulcahy and Silver Buffalo Mark Kreibel

Silver Beaver Fran Bialy

Silver Beaver Mike Hughes, Taughnnock District Vice-Chair

Cub Associate Stacy Hall

Commissioners and leaders from the Taughannock District 

Taughannock District Scouts Explored the South Seas
Winter Camporee - January 21, 2017

See more pictures on the Winter Camporee 2017 page!

Everyone loves patches...

Visit the Taughannock District Virtual Patch Collection!

Unseen for half a century...

Look at some recently discovered pictures from the 1960 Cortland Armory Scout Show and the 1961 Barton Hall Scout-a-Rama. 

Want to see more District activities? We have a Scrapbook Page for 2010-2012 and a Scrapbook Page for 2009 and earlier, too!

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