Hey, you guys!!! Has your get-up-and-go got up and went? Is one hour a
week beginning to feel like eight days a week? Have you had that Cub Scout
spirit right up to… Well, you know!
If you're feeling like that, or if you know someone who's feeling like
that, then you all need a break. No, not just a break, a WINTER BREAK!!!
TAUGHANNOCK DISTRICT IS GOING ON
Here's what your Pack is going to do: You're going to cancel ALL Cub
Scout meetings for Scout Week in February, load up a car or two with all
of your Pack's adults, and head for Ithaca or Cortland for an evening of
fun and silliness.
We'll feed you dinner, sing a few songs, do a few skits, and maybe have
a ceremony or two.
You'll accomplish a few things: First, you'll have fun. Second, you may
find an idea or two you can use when you get home from Winter Break, and
Third, you're going to feel better about Cub Scouts and having fun.
Now, we don't have the locations and dates set yet, so stay tuned.
We're working on it. As soon as we know which night and which location,
we'll let you know, so that you can let all of your leaders and assistant
leaders and committee members and helpful parents know which night and
what time. Then you can load up a car, or two cars, or a minibus or
whatever, and come with us to Winter Break!
And it's FREE! No Cost! On Us!
Download a first
flyer here (PDF)
Your Pack's Unit Commissioner will have all the details shortly, so get
in touch with him or her. If you have a question or want to help, contact
Mike Homrighaus at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVERYBODY GOES TO WINTER BREAK!!!
New Health Form
The National Council BSA has issued a new updated Annual Health &
Medical Form (AHMR) form. In addition, National has compiled and reviewed
local council feedback, as well as those of camp health officers, council
health supervisors, and the medical community.
The new form is available at the
National BSA Filestore Website or
from the District Forms and Resources page.
As addressed in the FAQ
document, 2020 resident camp participants will
be allowed to use the previous AHMR form if they had a physical conducted
in August 2019. Because 2020 will be a transition year, an AHMR that
contains a valid physical exam can be used to meet our resident camp
standards in 2020. It is suggested that those individuals who do not have
a current pre-participation exam use the latest version now. The old
versions will be obsolete as of January 2021.
Amateur Radio Licensing Class
January 11, 18, 25 and February 1
The Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association is pleased
to announce an upcoming FCC Technician license class to begin January 11,
2020. The class
consists of four weekly sessions and is designed to give you a good
understanding of the practice of Amateur Radio and to prepare you for the
entry level, no code, Technician license exam. Class size is limited to 6
students with a 1:1 student/instructor ratio. The class is free and open
Schedule: Saturday, January 11, 18, 25 and February 1,
from 9 am – noon.
Location: Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, 92 Brown Road,
Ithaca, NY (by the Tompkins County airport)
Register: Preregistration is required. Register via email: Greg Lawrence, GWL1@cornell.edu
Text: ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 4th edition. Spiral bound: ISBN
flyer here (PDF)
Yes, we are ready to reinstate the Camp Barton Campmaster program and
are in need of volunteers.
If you are a registered BSA adult you qualify. Come stay at Camp Barton
and help out the ranger for the weekend. Program plans are to have our
volunteer Campmasters do about two weekends a year.
You need to have BSA youth protection and Campmaster training and your
set to be part of the program. Hope to start the program in December 2019.
We need you.
Your duties will be to check troops and other groups in on Friday and
check them out on Sunday. There will be a small amount of paperwork to
give to the groups and collect from them during their stay. Then just keep
watch over camp. It's your choice if you want to do more.
Sounds easy…right. It is, and you get to spend the weekend at
All New Campmaster Building: You will get to stay in the Health
Lodge that is being winterized this November so that you will have heat,
running water and a bathroom. No more having to use the ranger shop or the
outhouse. It is also a much better place for groups to find you.
Come to the training and learn more….
Interested or need more info: Contact: Diane Blakely email@example.com
Membership Fee Increase Effective January 1st
Starting on January 1st, BSA National membership fees will increase
$60 per youth in Cubs, Troops, Venturing, Sea Scouts
$36 Exploring youth
$36 for all adults
$60 for each unit a chartered organization charters
Note that the Baden-Powell Council's insurance fee will
remain at $6.00 per year, which is in addition to the National fees
This fee increase will affect all Taughannock District
units and volunteers for the recharter which is due by December
BSA National has an FAQ document answering questions
about the increast - download
a copy here (PDF)
Our Cubs had a great time at Boo
Click here for more photos!
BSA Background Checks for All Volunteers
to be implemented 2020-2024
Dear Staff and Key Volunteers,
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to
keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating
our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the
forefront of youth safety.
As you know, one of the BSA's many barriers to abuse is a mandatory
criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process.
The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to
support the continued safety of youth in our programs. This will be the
second time since the initial launch that we will screen 100% of our adult
This round of screening will be done by random selection over a 5-year
period, completing during the 2024 program year. In order to complete this
process and be compliant with changes in Federal and State Law, the BSA
has issued new background
check Disclosures and a new Authorization
Form which must be signed by every adult registering in a unit when
the unit re-charters this Fall/Winter.
- On October 7th an email will go out from the National Office to
every volunteer in the Country announcing this change and providing
copies of all forms.
Authorization Forms are to be signed for every adult in a unit and
then turned in with the units re-charter packet only. Please do not
bring them to the Scout Service Center in advance. If an adult is
registered in multiple units they will need to complete multiple forms
(one for each place of registration). Only signed copies of the
authorization form need to be returned.
- District and Council level volunteers will need to complete this
form with their annual registration as well (this includes merit badge
- New Units between now and year end should also plan on completing
this form for all adults within their unit.
- If an adult does not complete a new authorization form they may not
be re-registered with the unit or anywhere in Scouting. A unit charter
can not be processed until all adults on the charter have submitted
the authorization form.
- Both documents must be presented separately (emailing as two
separate attachments is OK), electronic signatures cannot be
- Please note: State-specific disclosures not relevant to us are not
attached. Since this is a National background check process if you
query online you may see disclosure sheets for other states which
don't apply to us. Please disregard them.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this project and
being part of our ongoing youth protection plan to keep kids safe.
Matthew J. Bull, Scout Executive/CEO
Greek Peak Scout Weekend
Updated Flyers are available for the Winter
Scout Weekend at Greek Peak.
to Pack 10, Groton!
For the second year in a row, a Baden-Powell Council Cub Scout Pack has
earned the state level "Cub Pack of the Year" citation of honor
from the American Legion.
This year's congratulations goes to Pack 10 in Groton for being the
2019 recipient. We are so very proud!
to Troop 55's Triple Eagles!
As you are likely aware, a single Eagle Scout is a rare event. To have
three Eagle Scouts recognized at one time is especially rare and
Troop 55 was pleased to award the Eagle Scout Rank to three of its
members at a ceremony at the Ithaca Waldorf School on August 11. Jeffrey
Lantz, Ciaran MacKenzie and Hans Tang are the troop's 68th, 69th and 70th
While coming from Ellis Hollow, the troop held the ceremony at the
Ithaca Waldorf School as it was the site where Ciaran MacKenzie installed
a full-size sand volleyball court for that school as his Eagle project.
All Eagle scout candidates must plan and complete such a project to help
their community. In addition, each of the three candidates needed to
master a series of basic skills underpinning the ability to function both
as an adult and as a good citizen. Not only did they have to learn basic
first aid, how to cook, how to camp and basic nature information, but each
also had to learn basic tenets of citizenship and how to work well within
a group of young men of varying skills. Like all Eagle Scouts, Jeff,
Ciaran and Hans had to investigate a total of 21 other topics in depth,
earning a "merit badge" as he completed each. Eleven of those
merit badges were required to be in areas helping him into adulthood with
skills like citizenship, first aid and physical fitness, among others.
Jeff Lantz cited his best scouting experiences as sailing on Cayuga
Lake, hiking in the Adirondacks, and staying overnight on an island he
canoed to treach. He served the troop as Senior Patrol Leader, and next
year will go to Cornell to study math and computer science. Jeff proposed
three Eagle projects before he found the right one. "Finding the
right project can be challenging. … I even presented [one] to the troop
committee before settling on my final project. Every year at the Ellis
Hollow fair, a quilt is raffled off to support the Ellis Hollow Community
Center. The old [display] frame … was bulky, old, and hard to use, but
with a design from the Tompkins County Quilters Guild as a starting point,
[we built] a new, lightweight frame. I learned a lot about scheduling and
time management from my project, but enjoyed the experience in spite of a
Many of Ciaran MacKenzie's best memories connect with Camp Barton on
Cayuga Lake in both winter and summer. He also has fond memories of a
night spent on the Sea Scout Ship Sensei sailing out of the Cayuga Inlet.
Ciaran spent a term as Troop 55's Senior Patrol Leader. Next year will
find Ciaran at Alfred University studying engineering. Ciaran's Eagle
Project was to realize a long-time dream: "Throughout most of middle
school, and all of high school I knew that I wanted my eagle project to be
fixing the old volleyball court at my middle school. And so as soon as my
project was approved, I started the long task of raising the funds needed.
Once that was done, I organized three work parties and we set to work.
This project taught me a lot about how to organize people, and it helped
me feel comfortable calling people and talking to them."
Han Tang cited his first campout as being his first time away from home
and also talked about his leadership experiences and time in nature,
stargazing, hammocks, canoeing or biking as among his favorite scouting
memories. He'll be attending TC3 in the Fall to study Computer
Information. Hans served the troop as Senior Patrol Leader. His Eagle
Project helped his new hobby: "Ever since my first experience
mountain biking at Shindagin Hollow, I wanted my Eagle Project to be done
within the state forest. So, I reached out to Cycle CNY, ... after a few
months … we were finally ready to carry out our project. Over 30
volunteers moved over 8000 pounds of stone to repair and improve damaged
areas on trails Blue #1 and Yellow #1, construct a new entrance to Yellow
#1, and upgrade poor drainage on Shindagin Hollow's newly constructed
parking lot. In the end, my communication skills improved, I got a better
handle on leading large groups, and I learned how rewarding community work
Troop 55 looks forward to Jeff, Ciaran and Hans continuing their
contributions both to the Troop's home in Ellis Hollow and the wider
Tompkins County community and to their efforts in building on the Troop's
long tradition of creating an inclusive community in Scouting's best
The photo shows Senior Scoutmaster Daniel Wakeman addressing the three
Eagle Scouts: Jeffrey Lantz, Ciaran MacKenzie and Hans Tang.
Handouts and Flyers from the District Program Kickoff
are available for download:
2019 State of the District Report
At the May District Committee Meeting, District Chair
Liam Murphy presented a State of the District Report
You can download the
report here in PDF form.
Congratulations to everyone who received awards at the
2019 District Scouting Awards Dinner!
For more pictures and information, see the District
Roundtable Time is 7:00 PM!
At the request of a number of leaders, our monthly
Leaders' Roundtables will be starting at 7:00PM,
beginning in April 2019. Set your clocks!
Also, the District will be offering child care during Roundtable on
so that leaders with young children will be able to attend.
If you'll be needing child care at a roundtable, send an e-mail to Roundtable@TCScouts.org
before the Roundtable
"Cooking in the Cold" -
January 25-26, 2020
Download a Teaser
More information on the Activities
Greek Peak Scout Day
Greek Peak Mountain Resort will be offering ski/snowboard
equipment, lessons and use of the trails all day, as well as snow tubing
and the indoor water park All for $39 !! AND the opportunity to
celebrate Baden Powell’s birthday with all the other Scouting families
in the A-frame building around lunch-time. More details coming in the
February 22, 2020
Download a Flyer
More information on the Activities
District Pinewood Derby
March 7, 2020
Save the date for our District's annual Pinewood
Download a Teaser
More information on the Activities
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 26-28, 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.
Full details will be
available by the June 2019 Program Kickoff and Roundtable Picnic.
Watch the Activity
page for developments!
Scoutbook is now FREE!
Scoutbook is a web-based application which can be used at https://www.scoutbook.com/
and also through a mobile app. It will be replacing Internet Advancment
in the near future so your unit will need to set up an account to enter
advancement, but Scoutook is much more than that - it's a full-featured
unit management and communication tool.
Scoutbook was a
commercial product which has been available for many years for a fee.
The BSA purchased the system last year, and Scoutbook is now free to all families and units effective January 1,
2019. Those with pre-2019 Scoutbook
subscriptions will not pay to RENEW or add Scouts to their family or unit
accounts. Scoutbook has been linked to the my.scouting.org
system, so that a single account and login work for both
If your unit has never used Scoutbook before, the
unit permissions will have to be set through the Scoutbook website https://www.scoutbook.com/
before anyone else can use Scoutbook. This needs to be done by one of
the Key 3 (Committee Chair, Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor, and
Chartered Organization Representative), or it could be done by a Key 3
Delegate or Unit Advancement Chair if these positions were established
for the unit in my.scouting.org. A
document on how to get a unit started on Scoutbook can
be downloaded here in PDF format. Note that (at least as of
January 5th) the Scoutbook website still says that no new accounts are
available. Ignore that, just use your My.Scouting.org account and
password to sign in.
For additional information and other
documents about Scoutbook is available on the
Scoutbook website. There is also a
Page and a Facebook Group called "Scouting
Volunteer Tech Support" for questions about Scoutbook and other
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.
Take a look at 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!
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
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for
Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:
(Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and New
Unit Commissioners to help newly formed units succeed.
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"
Contact the District
Executive or District
Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
to Baden-Powell Council's new Scout Executive!
We are pleased to announce the selection of Matthew Bull as Scout
executive of the Baden-Powell Council, Binghamton, NY, start date March
Matthew began his career as a District Executive at the Cape Fear
Council, in Wilmington, NC. He later served as senior district executive,
development director, and program director within the Cape Fear Council.
He currently serves as the Director of Support Services for the Cape Fear
Matthew grew up in the Pocono Mountains and is an Eagle Scout and Vigil
Honor member of the Order of the Arrow who enjoys fishing, reading, and
traveling. He and his wife Ella Claire, have 1 daughter named Chloe (4).
Please join us as we congratulate Matthew as he joins in partnership
with the volunteers and staff of the Baden-Powell Council to deliver
quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they
See the Baden-Powell