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Aviation Explorer Post 62
December 9, 2018
Materials Science for Aviators

The Post had a great time at their December Post meeting investigating the wonders of Material Science, under the guidance of Associate Advisor and Cornell Professor Mike Thompson. The Explorers bent aluminum bars (and couldn't bend the same bar when alloyed with 2% copper), looked at computer memory over the years (a whole two bytes on a card no more than four inches square!), suspended a magnet over a superconductor, drove a nail with a ceramic hammer, and tried to bounce an unbounceable rubber ball. The meeting ended with making Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream (with chocolate chips).


For more pictures, see the District Scrapbook page


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 Blue and Grey Camporee will be set at the District Planning Day in January 2019, and full details will be available by next summer. Watch the Activity page for developments!


Our Cubs had a great time at Boo at Barton!
October 6-7, 2018

For more pictures, see our 2018 Boo at Barton page.


BSA is recruiting leaders for international activities in 2020

Would you be interested in being a contingent leader for a BSA contingent at a Scouting event overseas? The BSA is recruiting now for the following events in 2020:

Download a Job Description and Application form (PDF)


Scoutbook to be FREE starting January 1, 2019 

The following announcement was posted to the Commissioners of the BSA Facebook Group on August 31, 2018:

Scoutbook will be free to all families and units effective January 1, 2019. Effective September 1, those with current Scoutbook subscriptions will not pay to RENEW or add Scouts to their family or unit accounts.

This decision comes after literally years of advocacy on your behalf by your Commissioner representatives to BSA’s IT Standing Committee Darlene Sprague and myself (Rick Hillenbrand). See the full announcement for additional information and FAQs. 

- Rick Hillenbrand, National Commissioner Support Team


Questions about the Family Scouting Program (a/k/a girls in Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA (formerly 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. 

https://www.scouting.org/familyscouting/ 


Changes to BSA Youth Protection Rules effective in 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). 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. An in-person version of the training has been distributed to Scout Executives. 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 had on your YPT certificate, if you took it before February it expired on October 1st. 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

  • New requirements for adults accompanying a Scouting unit on activities who are present for more than 72 hours: Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Scouting unit to a resident camp or other Scouting activity who is present 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. The 72 hours need not be consecutive, so an adult can't "reset" by leaving camp for a while. (Note: this is the current statement of the policy - it was previously announced as only applying to Scout Troops, and the time was originally announced as applying to the duration of the activity.)
  • Effective October 1, 2018, two registered adults 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. This also applies to Patrol events - youth-only Patrol outings are no longer permitted. A registered female adult over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
  • Units Service Female Youth Members: There must be at least one registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. This does not have to be the top leader, however - when Girl Troops are chartered in the Scouts BSA program after February 1, 2019, the Scoutmaster may be male as long as there is at least one female Assistant Scoutmaster.  
  • Tenting: Separate tenting arrangements must be provided for male and female adults as well as for male and female youth, although spouses may share tents. Youth sharing tents must be no more than two years apart in age. In Cub Scouting, parents and guardians may share a tent with their family. In all other programs, youth and adults tent separately, even if the adults are parents of the youth.
  • Reporting: All persons participating in Scouting programs are mandated reporters of child abuse. Reports must be made to local law enforcement and child protective services. As part of its "Scouts First" approach to the protection and safety of youth, the BSA has established a dedicated 24-hour helpline to receive reports of known or suspected abuse or behavior that might put a youth at risk. The number is 1-844-SCOUTS1 (1-844-726-8871). Online reporting is also available at http://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/incident-report/  When to use it: Anytime you believe a youth has been harmed or their safety and wellbeing is at risk, and you cannot immediately reach your Scout executive or local council. If a Scout is bullied because of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, and local help is unable to resolve the problem. If someone is at immediate risk of harm, always call 911.
  • As of April 2018, all direct-contact leaders who are not already "trained" for their positions must take Hazardous Weather Training (course code SCO_800) to be considered "trained". 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. 

The Guide to Safe Scouting on-line version is always the most up to date
find it at https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/ 


Cubs had a great time at Cub Scout Resident Camp


See more pictures and read about it!


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

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. The November 2018-May 2019 flyers are available - for details see the Activity Page


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


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


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


  • Cub Advancement News: 
  • 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 introduces new merit badges from time to time:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! The latest are:
      • Exploring - released February, 2017

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


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! 

    For more information, and a list of available positions, see our new "Help Wanted" page!

     Contact the District Executive or District Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 


Council News


See the Baden-Powell Council website


National and International News


 


 

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