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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

Founder's Day Event
for all programs
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Our District is planning a joint event for all of our programs, Cub Scouts and up. 
There will be all sorts of stuff to do, fun for all ages, including a special Pinewood Derby for all programs. 
Watch this space for more details as the time approaches.


Cub Scout Activities

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

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

District Pinewood Derby
Shops at Ithaca Mall
March 9, 2019 - 10:00AM

Watch this space for details

Cub Weekends, Day Camps and Resident Camp

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

Scouts BSA Activities

Winter Camporee at Camp Barton
January 26-27, 2019

Our Winter Camporee will be planned and run by Troops 4 and 55, the winners of last year's Winter Camporee. 

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a Boy Scout 100 or so years ago? Well then join us on January 26-27 at Camp Barton for "A Blast From The Past" Winter Camporee! 

We will be utilizing "old-School" Scouting practices along with more traditional skills at the various stations. 

  • Have you ever communicated using Morse Code? How about the Wig-Wag or Myer Code? Have you ever used Semaphore Signal flags? You will get your chance at this Camporee.
  • Have your Scouts constructed a Snowballista before? They will at this Camporee. Get a head start and download a picture of a snowballista (JPG) from John Sweet's Scouting on the Level.
  • We hope your skills are in First Class condition, meaning you can expect the competition skills needed to test items in all the typical First Class areas of knots & pioneering, first aid, orienteering, camping and nature - all as Scouts would have understood them in 1919. 
  • Having each Scout bring a Scout Staff is a good idea - they can make them over Winter Break! Download an article from 1917 (PDF) about the importance of Scout Staves. For more information on Scout Staves, see this website: Https://voiceofscouting.org/why-carry-a-scout-stave-walking-stick 
  • Get your sled in good condition-wax the skis or oil the wheels (depending on the weather)! Expect some sort of sled race…
  • Expect standardized scoring where teamwork, courtesy and patrol spirit are a significant component (enough to distinguish patrols of equal skill). Patrol flags are expected.

Download the Flyer from the December Roundtable here (PDF)

Troops must reserve their own camping places through Baden-Powell Council. If you want to have a space indoors, act soon, as the cabins tend to be booked far in advance.  Have you reserved yours yet?

The Blue and Grey Civil War Camporee
Coming in Spring 2020!

At the November 2018 roundtable, the district's Scout leaders voted to change the timing for district camporees to the Spring. The camporee on the schedule for October 2019 will therefore be rescheduled to April or May 2020. 

They also decided that the next district camporee would be a return of the popular Blue and Grey Civil War camporee. This camporee has been held four times before - in 1993, 1997, 2007 and 2014, and it was a hit with the Scouts each time. Each participating troop will be assigned the identity of a real Civil War Regiment (information on the regiment will be provided when the troop signs up), and each patrol will represent a company in that regiment. At each camporee station, a Union company will compete head-to-head with a Confederate company - the winner will capture a company flag from the loser. Additional flags will be awarded to companies for attending noncompetitive stations and for scores in a quiz and mass game. The winning company will be the one with the most captured flags at the end of the day. 

A date for the camporee will be set at the District Planning Day in January 2019, and full details will be available by next summer. Watch this page for developments!

Venturing / Exploring Activities

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

National and International Opportunities

24th World Scout Jamboree
Summit-Bechtel Scout Reservation 
Glen Jean, West Virginia
July 22-August 2, 2019

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venturers - the World Jamboree  hasn't been held in the USA since 1967, and probably won't be held here again for another 50 years. Participants at the 24th World Scout Jamboree need to be youth members of the BSA aged 14-17. Members 18 and older can apply to be contingent leaders or on the Jamboree staff as members of the Support Teams.

Applications are now being accepted for the US Contingent, the Rover Brigade (support team aged 18-24) and the International Support Team (IST) - see the US World Jamboree Contingent web page for information, and click on "Apply" for an on-line application system. 

Click here for the International page for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree  

Eligibility Criteria

  • Birthday between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 2005 – Youth participants (boys and girls) must be age 14-17
  • Birthday between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 1995 - Rover Brigade - young leaders between 18-24 years old.
  • Birthday before July 22, 2001 (age 18 and older) – Adult unit leaders (age 18 and older) and International Service Team (IST) age 18 and older.

There are no exceptions to these age limits.

International Events Coming up

For the most up-to-date information on Scouting events around the world, see the WOSM Events Page


  • Oct. 19–21 Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet


  • July 22-Aug 2 World Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia


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