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Download District Activity Summaries for 2021-2022 Scout Year in PDF Format: Cub Scout Events - Scouts BSA/Venturing/Sea Scout Events

All publicity for Taughannock District activities should include a “rating label” indicating for which program(s) the activity is age-appropriate. For more information, and downloadable graphics for use in publicity, see our Scout Activity Ratings page.

Cross-Program Activities

Ten Commandments Hike
November 26, 2021 - beginning at 9:00AM
A Virtual Event

In the Jewish and Christian Bibles, Job says "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, but praised be the name of the Lord." Throughout the pandemic, so much has been taken away... but so much has also been given. One of the things that has been given is our modern technology, and how it has allowed us to still connect with each other during a pandemic. 

As in 2020, this year's "hike" will be done virtually. Those who register at https://scoutingevent.com/368-tencommandmentshike2021 will receive information for logging on to an interactive Zoom session in which ten congregations within the Baden-Powell Council will each introduce their congregations and discuss one of the Ten Commandments. You will have the opportunity to post questions in the "chat" and we will answer those questions inbetween presentations. 

There will also be a break halfway through to relax, stretch, etc. We will be done in time for lunch; if you want to have an actual hike part as a family, then feel free to go for a hike or walk that afternoon and discuss what was learned during the event!

The cost is $5.00 per household (includes a patch which will be sent by mail - additional patches $1.00 each). 

Download a flyer here (PDF)
For more information and to sign up, go to https://scoutingevent.com/368-tencommandmentshike2021 

Cub Scout Activities

See the Camping Page for Cub Day Camp, Cub Resident Camp and Cub Adventure Weekends (including "Boo at Barton")

Cub Weekends, Day Camps and Resident Camp

For more information on Cub Day Camps, Cub Resident Camp and Cub Adventure Weekends - see the Camping page and Council Cub Camping Page for information

Pinewood Derby Rules

The Taughannock District has established the following rules for District-level Pinewood Derbies. Packs should consider adopting the same rules, so that Cubs can be confident that their cars will be able to compete equally at the Pack and District levels.

  • Rules - in MS Word format (updated Jan 2018)

  • Rules - in PDF Format (updated Jan 2018)

  • Diagram for car wheels and axles

Taughannock District Pinewood Derby
March 5, 2022
Cortland Area (to be announced)

Download a "Save the Date" flyer (PDF)

Scouts BSA Activities

Virtual Merit Badge Sessions

Winter Camp 2021
Camp Tuscarora
December 27-30, 2021

Do you miss Summer Camp? Want to go to camp without the bugs? We have the answer for you! Come to Winter Camp at Tuscarora Scout Reservation!

Merit Badges will range from some of the same ones as Summer Camp (Archery, Emergency Prep and First Aid) to some unique ones such as Signs, Signals, and Codes, Search and Rescue and even Snow Sports if we get enough snow.

On top of that, enjoy some winter-only activities like Snow Kayaking, Polar Bear Plunge, Cast-iron Cookoff, and even try out the Paul Bunyan Award! Or are you up to the challenge of Wilderness Survival in the Winter?!?!?

  • Try Snowshoeing or even bring your own cross-country skis and try skiing around camp!!
  • We have sledding and Snow Kayaking if there’s enough snow too!!
  • We’ll handle the meals and eat either in the Nature Lodge or bring your food to you in the leantos and center lodges.
  • You’ll sleep outside in lean-tos or you can bring your own tents.

Cost: $150 Early Bird (before Nov 26), $170 Regular Fee

For more information and to sign up, see https://scoutingevent.com/368-WinterCamp2021 

Venturing / Exploring Activities

There are no planned District Venturing / Exploring Activities at this time.

National and International Opportunities

Scouts: How would you like to spend July 2022 in Scotland?

The Blair Atholl Scottish International Patrol Jamborette will be held between July 19th and July 29th, 2022, at Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland. We have signed up to take two patrols of Scouts (total 12 boys). It's still a bit tentative (not taking chances with the pandemic, BSA is not at present permitting international travel for US Scouts), but the Scottish Council announced in mid-August that the Jamborette will occur. In the assumption that things will change for the better by July 2022, we're beginning our monthly meetings in September to begin planning our three-week trip.

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a Scout. Our plan will be to leave the USA around July 11th, and we'll spend a week's touring around the UK. Exactly what we do during our week's touring will be planned out by the Scouts during our monthly meetings between September and December of this year - you can see what we did on our dozen previous trips (and planned to do in 2020, had we been able to go) on our website https://www.BPBlairAtholl.org/ 

At the end of the touring we'll be picked up in Edinburgh or Glasgow and taken to Blair Castle at Blair Atholl in Perthshire, where each patrol of Scouts will join up with a patrol of Scottish Scouts for ten days at the Blair Atholl Scottish International Patrol Jamborette. You can find lots of pictures and descriptions of what sort of activities are offered at the Jamborette at the same website. https://www.BPBlairAtholl.org/ 

It's an important part of the Blair Atholl experience that for the time of the Jamborette each of the merged Scottish/International contingents function as a Scottish patrol under Scottish leadership. We international leaders will get jobs at the Jamborette - Mike Homrighaus and I will probably be tour guides at Blair Castle - and, other than the Country Fair on the Saturday of the Jamborette, we'll only see the Scouts in passing. They will be immersed in Scottish Scouting, and will have the maximum opportunity to get to know the Scots and the other international Scouts in the other mixed patrols in their subcamp.

In past years, the Scouts would go home with their Scottish counterparts at the end of the Jamborette for home hospitality. Unfortunately, with Covid-19 restrictions still likely to some extent (or, at least, unknowable at this point), the Scots can't offer home hospitality in 2022. Instead, if we want to do it, they will offer to hook our contingent up with a Scottish Scout Group for a form of hospitality at their Scout Hall. We'll discuss all of that at our planning sessions - at this point, no one is even sure what that might look like. I'm sure the Scots will let us know as things progress.

The contingent has filled up, as of mid-July 2021, and we are now taking names for a waiting list from Scouts who will be at least 14 years old and not yet 18 years old as of July 19, 2022. If you have a Scout who is interested in being part of the contingent, download an application form and return it to Scotland@TCScouts.org as soon as possible. You can get the form in MS Word .DOC format or Adobe PDF format.   

Questions? Contact me at Scotland@TCScouts.org 

- Mike Brown, Blair Atholl Contingent Leader
and Baden-Powell Council International Representative


International Events Coming up

BSA National  has a page on "International Adventure Awaits" - check it out!
For the most up-to-date information on Scouting events around the world, see the WOSM Events Page or download latest revision of the World Organization of the Scout Movement International Events List (PDF)


  • January 3-13 - Australian Jamboree (canceled)

  • July 18-28 - IRELAND  16th World Scout Moot - canceled. 
  • July 15-23 - FINLAND - FinJamboree, Hameenlinna, Finland
  • July 19-29 - SCOTLAND - Blair Atholl Jamborette - The Blair Atholl Jamborette has been held on the grounds of Blair Atholl Castle every even numbered year since 1946 except 2020 when it was cancelled because of COVID-19. Scouts Scotland has annoucned that will be holding the event, although BSA has yet to approve international travel by US Scouts. With fingers crossed, the Baden-Powell Council will be sending a contingent - see our Blair Atholl Website for details of our past trips and announcements of the next one.  For the official web site, click here. 
  • July 23-31 - DENMARK - Jamboree Denmark, Hedeland Naturpark. This event is held once every 5 years and sponsored by all 5 Danish Scout Associations that are members of WOSM.  They expect 40,000 Scouts and Guides. 
  • July 30 to August 6 - ENGLAND - Chamboree 2022 - Cheshire Showground in Tabley - ages 10 to 17 - For the web site, click here.
  • July 30 to August 6 - ENGLAND - Kent International Jamboree 2022 -  For the web site, click here
  • July 30 to August 6 - ENGLAND - Poacher 2022 - Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln - postponed to 2022 - For the web site, click here


Questions on International Scouting? Contact B-P Council International Representative at international@TCScouts.org

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