Camp Barton is now available for day visits
Camp Barton is now open for Scout Units to go and hike,
fish and do activities during the day.
However, units are not allowed to stay overnight until the
camp has obtained a camping permit from the Seneca County Health
Department. The Council is working on that.
Taughannock District Awards Event
July 22nd at 6:30PM - Camp Barton
Updated July 15th
YES - THE AWARDS WILL BE AT CAMP BARTON! This year's event will be held
at CAMP BARTON on JULY 22, 2020, at 6:30PM. This Event is our opportunity
to recognize the adult volunteers and youth of the district for the
significant efforts they have contributed to the scouting programs during
the 2019 year.
This is your last call for awards for our July 22 awards ceremony. In the meantime, take a look at the nominations form - you can download
it in either MS
Word or PDF
- the descriptions of the nominations for the various Taughannock
awards (like 76'er, Order of the Gorget, Rising Star, Spark Plug etc) are
on the Advancement and Recognitions page
on this website. Once you're nominations are considered, we will tell you if the award
is being accepted … please then do everything you can to have your award
nominee come on the evening of July 22!
Please be aware of the following guidelines, so that we can have the
Event in the safest way possible:
- Please bring your own food and please don't share food or drink with
others. We be supplying ice cream in individual portions for
- We ask that families set up their picnics on the Playing Field at
least 10 feet in all directions.
- Look for flags/cones/markers indicating spots that are 10 feet apart
in all directions. Please try to fill in a "checkerboard
pattern" so everyone can see. Keep your marker in the middle of
your group so you don't "spread" into the next group.
- Wear your mask when you are not in your group. Feel free to visit
with other families - just maintain your protective distance of 6 feet
and wear your masks.
- We'll be using a speaker system from the Mess Hall to run the
program. We'll try to simulcast it on Zoom so that folks who are
farther away can hear.
- We'll announce our various awards from the front and ask recipients
to stand where they are while we salute your accomplishments. Awards
will not be handed out at the front as usual … we'll have them all
in bags to be picked up as you leave (and you get your ice cream!)
- In the event of rain, we will go to the Zoom link.
There will be a charge of $10 per person or $25 per carload (payable at
the event) to cover the cost of Awards and Ice Cream. Make checks payable
to Baden-Powell Council and note Taughannock District Scouting Award Event
in the Memo line.
While we realize this is short notice, with the details, we hope that
those who are comfortable with an outdoor gathering will plan to attend.
We are also hoping to make the event available via Zoom or Go to Meeting
for those who are unable to attend. Watch for additional information. In
the event of Rain this will be a Zoom event.
You can download
this invitation letter in PDF Form here
PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION VIA EMAIL BY SUNDAY JULY
19, 2020 TO recognition@TCScouts.org
Questions may be directed to recognition@TCScouts.org
Taughannock District SuperPack
For all Taughannock District Cub Scouts. Join in the
District "SuperPack", where we are looking to host some virtual
Summer Pack meetings available to any Cub Scout of any rank from any Pack
in the District.
See the details below
"Passport to Program" Council Program Kickoff
See the Roundtable Resources
page for details
National Fees increase effective August 1st
See National News, below
Summer Camps are Canceled
See the Camping Page for
Changes to Meetings and Activities Due to Covid-19
The following District, Council
or Area events have been postponed or canceled or will be held
Alumni Picnic in July - canceled
Barton Beaver Day - postponed, date to be
Blue and Grey Camporee - Canceled - watch for
Spring Camporee in April 2021
Cub Adventure Weekends at Barton and Tuscarora: changed to a
Virtual Event on June 6th - see Activity Page for
College of Commissioner Science: postponed
until November - date to be announced.
Council Program Kickoff (a/k/a "Passport to
Program") - done as a YouTube
Cub Scout Day Camps: Canceled.
Day of Reflection: Will be a virtual reflection session
via Facebook Live - June 14th - see below
District Awards Dinner: postponed to July 22nd
at Camp Barton - for details, see the Advancement and
District Committee Meetings: Will
be virtual meetings using gotomeeting.com
or Zoom.com until further notice- details will be sent out to committee members before the meeting. If
you are not on the committee, but would like to attend the virtual
meeting, contact key3@TCScouts.org
District Leaders' Roundtables: Will
be virtual meetings using Zoom.com until further notice - download for
some basic instructions on how to
use Zoom once you log in. Details on logging in will be sent out to unit leaders and commissioners
through the Taughannock Announce e-mail list before
the meeting. If you do not receive notification and want to attend
Roundtable, contact Roundtable@TCScouts.org
for the sign-in information. For handouts and notes from Virtual
Roundtables, see the Roundtable Page
IOLS/BALOO Training scheduled for April is
canceled, but will be available at the Fall BALOO and IOLS training date.
Life to Eagle Training - if you have a Scout
who needs it, contact the Advancement Committee at advancement@TCScouts.org
National Scout Jamboree in 2021 has been
"postponed" - no new date available at this time (7/14/20
Scouts BSA Summer Camps: canceled.
Scout trip to UK/Scotland - canceled. Watch https://www.BPBlairAtholl.org/
for details of 2022 trip (and possible 2021 trip to a different
University of Scouting: postponed until
November - probably the 14th, date to be confirmed.
Woodbadge - scheduled for August 29-30 and September
12-13 is canceled.
Covid-19 related Information
BSA has a new National Commissioner
See National News, below
Can you help? Your Financial Support is Needed!
See the information on our
newly-updated Fundraising page.
for your support.
Looking for something for your Cubs/Scouts to do
while maintaining Social Distancing?
Baden-Powell Council Virtual Scouting Events
See "Coming Soon" below
Ideas from Taughannock District Scouters
Scouting at Home help from other Scouting
District Pinewood Derby 2020
March 7, 2020 - Shops at Ithaca Mall
Our Cubs had a great time racing their Pinewood Derby
See the 2020 Pinewood Derby page
for more pictures.
Information on BSA National Chapter 11 Restructuring
The National organization of the Boy Scouts of America
announced on February 18th that it has
filed for Chapter 11 Restructuring to achieve two key objectives:
equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting
and continue to carry out Scouting's mission for years to come..The
important points to keep in mind at this time are the following:
- Scouting is safer now than ever before.
Approximately 90% of the pending and asserted claims against the
BSA relate to abuse that occurred more than 30 years ago. As someone
close to Scouting, you know the safety of children in our programs is
the BSA's absolute top priority and that one instance of abuse is one
too many. That's precisely why over many years we've developed some of
the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any
From mandatory youth protection training and background checks for
all volunteers and staff, to policies that prohibit one-on-one
interaction between youth and adults and require that any suspected
abuse is reported to law enforcement, our volunteers and employees
take youth protection extremely seriously and do their part to help
keep kids safe. You can read more about the BSA's multi-layered
safeguards and our efforts to be part of the broader solution to child
abuse at https://www.scouting.org/youth-safety
In fact, this is a resource that you can share with friends and family
who are interested in understanding what the BSA is doing to keep kids
- Scouting continues.
Scouting programs will continue to serve youth, families and local
communities throughout this process and for many years to come. Just
last year, communities across the country benefited from more than 13
million Scouting service hours, and young men and women earned more
than 1.7 million merit badges that represent skills that will help
them succeed throughout their lives. Studies prove and parents agree
that Scouting helps young people become more kind, helpful and
prepared for life, and as long as those values remain important to our
society, Scouting will continue to be invaluable to our nation's
Chapter 11 restructuring is not "going out of
business" or "liquidation" (that's "Chapter 7",
for what it's worth). Chapter 11 is a provision of the bankruptcy code
which allows an organization to effectively draw a line under past
obligations, and continue into the future free of uncertainties and debt.
The Chapter 11 plan, which must be approved by a Federal court, will set
out how this will be done, what provisions will be made for past
oblgations, and how the organization will proceed in the future.
- Our Local Council has not filed for bankruptcy.
important to realize that this Chapter 11 Restructuring is being done by
the national organization, and not the Baden-Powell Council or the
organizations which chatter individual Scouting units. Local councils
- which provide programming, financial, facility and administrative
support to Scouting units in their communities - are legally separate,
distinct and financially independent from the national organization.
Camp Barton and Camp Tuscarora are owned and operated by
Baden-Powell Council, not by National BSA, and they are not affected by
the Chapter 11 restructuring.
The operation of local Packs, Troops, Ships,
Crews and Posts is not affected by this restructuring, either. Individual Scouting units are chartered to, and owned by, separate outside
organizations, which are also legally and financially separate from
Whatever arrangements National BSA may make as part of this
restructuring will not affect local unit programming, support from local
Council and District professionals, or ownership and operation of the local camps. Also,
any money you may donate to support local Scouting through the
Baden-Powell Council - whether through Friends of Scouting campaigns,
donations to the Council Endowment Fund, proceeds of popcorn sales, or
other donations - continues to be used locally, and such donations are not
subject to the restructuring.
For information on this, see the website which National
has set up at https://www.bsarestructuring.org/
There is a very informative YoutTube video on the Chapter 11 filing
here to view the video.
If these resources don't answer your questions, please
feel free to reach out to National BSA
through Member Care at 972-580-2489 or MyScouting@Scouting.org
Notes from the District Day of Planning on January 18th
Many District and Unit leaders met on Saturday, January
18th, to discuss and plan out the District's operations for the upcoming
A copy of the notes from the Planning Day can be downloaded
The District Calendar web page
has been updated with dates through December 2021 - although note that
dates in 2021 should be considered tentative until the final district
calendar is handed out in June 2020.
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.
The Camp Barton Campmaster program was reinstated in December
2019, and is 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
set to be part of the program.
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.
Interested or need more info: Contact: Diane Blakely firstname.lastname@example.org
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
2019 State of the District Report
At the May 2019 District Committee Meeting, District Chair
Liam Murphy presented a State of the District Report
You can download the
report here in PDF form.
June 11th - August 29th
See the Activity Page for
Tuesday July 28th and Wednesday August 12th - both at 6:30PM
Hello Cub Scout Families. One of our amazing and enthusiastic
volunteers is putting together another Zoom Pack Meeting for Cubs. And
she's asked us to share it COUNCIL WIDE!
Would you like to have some fun with Cubs from all over your council
and play some games and sing songs? Join us Tuesday, July 28th and/or
Wednesday, August 12th both at 6:30pm. There is NO COST to anyone.
Simply contact Stacy Hall or Lynn Green for the sign in information,
join us for the virtual meeting wearing your scout uniform, change your
sign in name to your First name, pack number and rank, and have some fun
with us for an hour. Participation in the SuperPack meetings should be a
supplement to any fun and adventure your Pack is already having. And yet
another way to enjoy Scouting during the Summer!
For the zoom meeting sign in information, please contact email@example.com
July 20-24, 2020
Baden-Powell Council Presents: Scouts BSA Tuscarora and
Barton Quaran-Camped Together 2020!
This exciting program includes the following:
- The option to sign up for as many as 6 badges in a week!
- We’ve added more than just the usual summer camp badges!
- Merit Badges are being taught by subject-matter experts!
COST: $125 (includes patch) (T-shirts sold separately through Class B and will be shipping directly
to your house. To order, please click here: https://tradingpost.classb.com/baden-powell-council-store/)
Also included in your registration, you and your family have the
opportunity for one FREE 2-night campout for you and your family at one of
our Camps once they are fully reopened (Must be used prior to October 1,
2020. Must bring own personal tents). Reservations must be made through the Camping Coordinator, Rebekah
Moore, at Camp.Secretary@Scouting.org
Safety is our top priority. All Youth Protection guidelines will be
followed. Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.
Merit Badges include the following and we are adding more regularly:
- American Business
- American Cultures
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Personal Fitness
- Plant Science
- Signs, Signals, and Codes
- Scouting Heritage
For details and to sign up, see https://scoutingevent.com/368-quarancamp2020
Scouts BSA STEM-NOVA
July 27-31, 2020
We have partnered with the Roberson Museum and Science Center to bring
your Scout a program that will include STEM Virtual Activities/Classes as
well hands-on activities designed by STEM instructors.
Scouts receive program supplies to earn parts of the following NOVA
Awards: Whoosh, Start your Engines, Designed to Crunch and Mendel's
Some activities may include:
- Designing and Building models
- Drawing 3-D models
- Virtual Museum Tours
- An egg drop challenge
Doing these things will get you further along the path to a SUPER NOVA
Registration also includes one FREE 2-night campout for your family to
use one of our Camp properties in your own personal tents once camps are
reopened. (Must be used prior to October 1, 2020).
To Learn More and Register Click
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
See the "Covid-19" section at the top of this
page for links relating to advancement changes during this pandemic.
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
National Fees Increase Effective August 1, 2020
June 1, 2020
As you may have heard yesterday, the National Council announced changes
to the membership fee effective August 1st. While this increase comes at a
difficult and critical time for the Boy Scouts of America, as Scouts we
know the priceless value of the Scout Oath and Law for our young people.
Any increase in fees can create difficulty for our families but as this
fee is an increase of fifty-cents per month, we hope that getting this
news out early will present an opportunity for Units to build the increase
into their annual unit budgets.
The changes to the membership fee are an increase of $6 (50 cents a
month) -a joining fee of $25 which for youth who have never been a member
of the BSA -an increase of the unit charter fee to $75. While National BSA
allows Local Councils to charge up to $66 to benefit the local Council,
the Baden-Powell Council will continue to only charge $6 to cover local
costs such as insurance. The fees will therefore be:
- $72 ($66 plus the $6 local fee) for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts
- $42 ($36 + $6) for Exploring participants
- $42 ($36 + $6) for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background
- $75 for a unit charter fee
For our current membership, this increase will not affect you until
your unit collects funds for recharter. Now is the time when we can work
together to develop strategies within our Units to account for the cost
increase. At recharter in the Baden-Powell Council, your unit will owe $72
per Scout and $42 per Leader (or Explorer) as well as the $75 charter fee.
This entire increase in fees goes to National to assist with program
support as outlined in this article where you can also view a more
New members joining after August 1st will pay the new prorated
membership fee ($5.50 per month) plus the $25 joining fee. As an example,
a scout joining when school starts in September would pay $47 to join the
BSA for the remainder of 2020.
New families do not know what Scouting used to cost, only that our
program teaches positive life changing values and that many other youth
activities charge as much for a season or even a single month of program
before equipment costs. At $6 a month, Scouting remains a significant
value to all youth for roughly the cost of a kid's meal at a fast food
Thank you to everyone that works tirelessly to move our shared passion
for the Scouting Movement forward in service to the youth of our
communities. May the Great Master of All Scouts keep our hearts and minds
until we are able to meet again.
Matthew Bull Scout Executive
For more information and a Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ), see the BSA
BSA has a new National Commissioner
the outgoing National Commissioner, Ellie Morrison:
I am delighted to ask you to welcome Scott Sorrels as your
new national commissioner, as of the National Meeting in May, 2020. You
already know him as the co-chair and camp chief for the 24th World
Jamboree. Many of you were there or visited and got to experience the
result of years of dedication Scott gave to that jamboree. All his
planning was focused on the kids, what they would experience, what they
would want to see. It was a wonderful jamboree, and we all owe him our
thanks for that.
But Scott is not new to unit service, nor is his
experience in Scouting limited to it. He served for nine years as the
first chair of the National Commissioner Service Team. He has been a key
Scouter in Venturing, including serving as vice chair of the National
Venturing Committee and founder of Winterfest some 46 years ago; you
might see him wearing Venturing green. He has been involved in
International Scouting, has served as president of Area 9 in the
Southern Region, and continues to serve on our National, Northeast
Georgia and Atlanta Area Council boards of directors.
Scott’s service to youth has been recognized multiple
times. He has received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and the Silver
Buffalo. Most recently, he has been awarded the Bronze Wolf, the World
Organization of Scouting Movement’s highest honor.Scott brings a
wealth of knowledge to us. He loves to “find elegant solutions to
problems” and he does that with a listening ear, kindness and decisive
action. Please join me in welcoming Scott Sorrels, national
has a new President and CEO
Roger C. Mosby
Dear BSA Volunteers and Scouting Ambassadors,
I am happy to let you know that on December 29, 2019, the National
Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America named Roger C. Mosby as the
organization's CEO and President after a focused search, which was
initiated when former CEO and President Michael B. Surbaugh retired after
a tenure of more than four years.
As the BSA moves through an extraordinary time of both change and
opportunity, we believe Roger's experience as a seasoned executive, adept
at guiding transformation and driving growth, will bring the right
combination of strength and focus needed to steer our organization toward
a promising future.
Roger Mosby most recently ran his own consulting firm focused on
executive coaching, following his retirement from leading energy
infrastructure company Kinder Morgan in 2015. During nearly two decades
with the company, he served as HR lead and was one of the original six
officers. During his tenure, Kinder Morgan grew from 175 to more than
11,000 employees, with Mosby leading extensive change management and
cultural transformation efforts.
Roger was a Scout as a youth and served for more than 33 years as a
volunteer in the Mid-America and Sam Houston Area councils, in addition to
positions with the Southern Region and National Committees of the Boy
Scouts of America, as well as the World Organization of the Scout
Movement. He has received the Silver Antelope Award and the Silver Beaver
Award and is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
We thank Michael Surbaugh for his years of service and leadership to
the Boy Scouts of America.
Now, as we enter the next stage, we welcome Roger and his well-suited
expertise to guide us toward even more opportunities to bring the benefits
of Scouting to more youth, families and communities.
Yours in Scouting,
Jim Turley National Chair, Boy Scouts of America