Announcing an Exciting
Last-Minute Opportunity for Baden-Powell Council Scouts
to join the Council Contingent going to Scotland in July 2024!
If you know a Boy Scout who will be at least 14 years old
as of July 16, 2024, but not yet 18 years old as of July 25, 2024, who
would like to spend three weeks Scouting in Scotland next summer, this is
his opportunity! We have just had one of the members of our twelve-Scout
contingent drop out, which means that we now have an opening for one Scout
to join the group.
We will be spending a week touring around Scotland, before
spending ten days at the Blair Atholl Scottish International Scout
Jamborette in Blair Atholl, Scotland. After the Jamborette we’ll have a
day or two of additional touring before we return home.
We’ve been meeting every month since August to plan out
the touring part of the trip. So far, our Scouts have decided to spend a
few days in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, and they’ve
added lots of things they’d like to do to a Wish List - castles, boat
trips, steam train rides, beaches, hikes, bagpipes - all sorts of things.
At our December meeting we’ll sort that down into an itinerary for our
week’s touring. If your Scout joins now he’ll still have an
opportunity to get his wishes onto the list before the itinerary is
You can find information about our previous trips on our
website at https://www.BPBlairAtholl.org/
and application forms can be downloaded at https://www.bpblairatholl.org/2024/default.htm
Every Scout who has been on our previous trips, every
even-numbered year since 1996, has agreed that this trip is an experience
of a lifetime. This is the last chance to join the 2024 group - act now!
2024 Advancement Changes for
National has announced advancement changes for Scouts
BSA, effective in 2024.
For details, see the Advancement Page
New Advancement Program for Cub
Effective June 1, 2024
It’s official! The Cub Scout program will be updated for the 2024-25
program year. Over the past several years the National Cub Scouting
Committee under the leadership of past chair Lisa Wylie and current chair
Audrey Oakes has identified four areas to improve the Cub Scout program to
ensure that it is fun, simple, and easy.
Over the past five years the National Cub Scouting has been working on
these updates. These updates are based on feedback from over 23,000
parents and Cub Scout leaders through various surveys and data. Listening
to and identify the key opportunities to improve the program the National
Cub Scout committee is excited to finally reveal these improvements. Over
the past year these improvements have been socialized to thousands of
individuals with overwhelming support.
The four areas of improvement are the Bobcat badge, Cub Scout
Adventures, Webelos, and Cub Scout Awards.
Bobcat will no longer be a badge that is earned once when a Cub Scout
joins. It will become a required Adventure for each rank and earned each
year. The requirements for the Bobcat Adventure are different for each
grade to make them age-appropriate.
Cub Scout Adventures have been improved to make it easier to deliver
the program to multi-rank dens or as a Pack. To earn each rank in Cub
Scouting will require a Cub Scout to earn the six required Adventures and
two elective Adventures. Required Adventures reflect the aims and focus
areas of the BSA. The number of elective Adventures increases.
Webelos and Arrow of Light will be separated. Webelos becomes the
4th-grade program in Cub Scouting. Arrow of Light becomes a stand-alone
badge of rank for 5th graders and will no longer be associated with. Arrow
of Light will be the program that prepares Cub Scouts to join Scouts BSA.
Cub Scouts Awards will be reimagined as Cub Scout Adventures. Topics
like camping, STEM, and range and target sports will remain and are
reimagined into elective Adventures that can be used towards earning a
badge of rank.
The changes will take effect officially on June 1, 2024.
To read the full announcement, with graphics, see Cub
Scout Program Updates Announced | Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org)
To keep up to date with the latest changes to Cub Scouts, see Cub
Scouts Program Updates Archives | Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org)
Boy Scouts of America has a new President and CEO
See below for the announcement.
Boating Safety Course - Ithaca Power Squadron
Houtz Hall, 2 Lower Creek Rd., Etna NY
December 2nd and 3rd, 2023, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m each day.
See Training Page for
Scouts BSA - You Love Summer Camp...
How about trying Winter Camp?
ZORT - Zombie Outbreak Response Training
Tuscarora Scout Reservation
February 16-19, 2024
1 - Arrival - Feb 16 - Fingerprinting, Astronomy, Camp
Building, Celebration Bonfire
Chapter 2 - Feb 17 - ZORT - Survival
Cooking, Matchless Fire Building, Shelter Building 101, Orienteering,
Semaphore Signals and Codes, Water Filtration and Survival
Chapter 3 - Feb 18 - Into the Unknown - Snowshoeing,
Ice Fishing, Animal Tracking, Foraging, Ham Radio, Realistic First Aid
Chapter 4 - Feb 19 - Fall of the Fort - Barricade
Building, Tower Defense, Last Stand, Fall of the Fort
For Details, see https://scoutingevent.com/368-wintercamp
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Every Cub and Scout deserves a trained leader. The
Baden-Powell Council and Taughannock District present training events all
year to help you get the training you need and want. Here are the next
upcoming training events for you:
Boating Safety - December 2-3, 2023 - see Training
Okpik - cold weather camping training - January 26-28, 2024*
Okpik/Attavik - advanced cold weather camping training -
February 24-25, 2024*
University of Scouting - March 16, 2024 at TC3
- details to follow - watch this page *
Woodbadge - Friday to Sunday, May 3-5, 2024 AND
Saturday to Sunday, June 1-2, 2024 at Camp Tuscarora - see Training
See the Training Page or the Baden-Powell
Council calendar webpage for details on all training events
2023-24 Program Planning Calendar
Has your unit planned out its calendar for the upcoming
Scouting year? If not, you should - "failing to plan is planning to
While you're doing that, you can start out with these
PDF 2023-24 Planning Calendar from National HQ - includes all the
major Scouting milestones and also religious holidays and so on. A
great resource to add your unit's events onto - you can type right
into the days on the calendar. An updated calendar in
fillable-PDF format, with District, Council and National dates through
the 2025-2026 Scouting Year, will be posted in January 2024.
Taughannock District Calendar
page on this website - your resource for all local Scouting events
Council Calendar a/k/a "BlackPug" - most council events will be on the district
calendar already, but it can't hurt to check the council calendar
before you finalize yours. Also, this is where you can sign up for any
Need ideas for your Scouts BSA troop calendar? You can
list of everything Troop 80 in Cortland did over twenty-plus years
from the 1980's to 2004. Of course, it's the Scouts who plan your
Troop Calendar, right? Of course, right - and this will give them some
ideas to help the troop try some new things. "It's a very fine
line between a groove and a rut..."
Looking for handouts for District and Council
activities which were handed out at Roundtable? See our Handouts
and Resources page.
you heard about the new Messengers of Peace program?
The enhanced Messengers of Peace BSA program launched this
summer! The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) created
Messengers of Peace in 2011, to encourage Scouts around the world to step
up and do what they can to make the world a little better. The MoP program
falls under WOSM’s Better World Framework.
Messengers of Peace aims to promote a culture of peace and dialogue for
mutual understanding, promote service initiatives led by Scouts, support
the development of young people affected by conflict situations, provide
further connection to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and connect
Scouts around the world in a global network of 20 million Messengers of
WOSM has defined Three Dimensions within which we can build a culture
of peace and create positive change in our world today:
- Community Based
- Collective Results
This page has an introduction to the Messengers of Peace Program (MOP) https://www.scouting.org/international/messengers-of-peace/
Scout Life Article on BSA MOP - https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2023/09/14/getting-to-know-the-enhanced-messengers-of-peace-recognition-program/
BSA MOP Program Guide https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mnaFC33Hn1XMhcynUgvllGNLaEsALIso/view
Cub Scout packs can camp up to
two consecutive nights
Effective September 1, 2023
Effective Sept. 1, 2023, Cub Scout packs who are conducting their own
overnight camping activities may now camp up to two consecutive nights.
This is a change from the earlier policy on pack unit-coordinated camping,
which was previously limited to single overnight experiences. The updated
policy also applies to Webelos and Arrow of Light dens, who can now
conduct campouts for up to two consecutive nights.
Here’s what you need to know:
- What does unit-coordinated camping mean? A unit-coordinated
campout is one that is entirely planned and executed by the leaders
and parents in a Cub Scout pack, and not by the unit’s district or
council. That means the pack or unit adults are solely responsible for
organizing transportation and activities at the campout, and ensuring
that all BSA rules are followed. This includes having at least one
registered adult leader trained in Basic Adult Leader Outdoor
Orientation (BALOO) who oversees the planning and is in attendance for
the pack campout.
- What is BALOO? BALOO is a 1½-day course designed to be an
introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program. It consists of an
online pre-requisite component in addition to an overnight hands-on
event. Participants will learn BSA’s Cub Scout-level camping
policies along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a
successful camping experience. While only one adult at minimum needs
BALOO, it’s a great idea to have multiple adults take it. The more
adults who know BALOO, the better!
- Note: Baden-Powell Council will be offering BALOO training on
October 28-29 at Camp Barton and April 20-21 at Camp Tuscarora
- What else do I need to do as I plan a unit-coordinated campout? Make
sure the location where you will be camping is approved by your local
council. If you’re camping at a popular park or public camping area,
chances are it’s already approved, but you should check with your
local council to be sure.
- How do councils decide which locations are approved? By using
Overnight Campout Site Appraisal Form. Completion of this form
helps your council ensure that the location has appropriate facilities
for Cub Scout camping. Units are not allowed to do their own site
appraisals. However, if you have a site in mind that is not on your
council’s list of approved sites, you can reach out to them and
request an appraisal.
- From Scouting Magazine Blog
to Taughannock District's new(ish)
District Commissioner, Clay Converse!
Effective September 1, 2023 (to pick a totally arbitrary
date), Clay Converse will be taking over from me as our district's
Clay is a 60+ year veteran Scouter, being one of the very
few people who have served in all of the Key 3 positions - District Chair,
District Executive (both here and overseas in the Transatlantic Council)
and District Commissioner. As a youth, he was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and
Explorer, becoming an Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm and earning his BSA
Lifeguard certification. Clay has served as Unit Commissioner, District
Commissioner (and ADC) and is currently an Assistant Council Commissioner
for Membership. As a Commissioner, he has received the Commissioner's Key,
Arrowhead Honor, Distinguished Commissioner Award, Award of Excellence in
Unit Service. Clay received his District Award of Merit in 2000 and Silver
Beaver in 2017, as well as the prestigious (locally, at least) Patriot
Patrol, Old Guard, Dethpicable Order of the Black Duck, Founder's Award,
"Honorary Mike" Award, and many others. Other awards include the
James E. West Award, Founder's Bar, Emergency Preparedness Award,
Professional Training Award and Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow. He
has also been active in the Girl Scouts of the USA.
I'm sure Clay will be a great DC, and I hope you will all
offer him as much help and support as you've given me over the last
Mike Brown, Taughannock District Commissioner for
National Fees Increased
Effective August 1, 2023
Effective August 1st 2023 the National Membership Fee
for youth members increased by $5 per year and the National Membership
Fee for adults increased by $15 per year. Merit Badge Counselors not
already registered in another scouting position (Unit or District) are
required to pay a national annual fee of $25. The National one-time
new member joining fee of $25 for program participants in Cub Scouts,
Scouts, BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts remains in place. The BSA unit
recharter fee which is also a national fee will remain unchanged.
It is important to note the national membership fee,
joining fee and then unit recharter fee are all national BSA fees and none
of these funds stay with our local scouting program in the Baden Powell
Council. These fees are a direct pass though to the National Council to
cover such items as enhanced General Liability Insurance, Criminal
Background checks on all Adults, and investments in BSA safety resources.
giving additional information about the new national fee structure and
a Frequently Asked
Questions document can be downloaded here in PDF format.
The National Council also announced that beginning
August 1st 2023 all new youth and adult members who join Scouting will be
enrolled for a 12 month membership cycle and BSA will cease prorating
fees. Both youth and adults will pay the full annual membership fee
and will renew their membership on their anniversary date. Registered
members of the BSA will receive an e-mail notice with the registration
renewal link 60 days before the anniversary date they joined Scouting.
Unit leaders will receive a copy of the e-mail and should stay engaged in
the membership renewal process just like rechartering. We will share
additional details on the process when they become available from the
We recognize these fee increases may be difficult for some
scouting families and encourage them to use the annual fall popcorn sale
as a way for scouts to earn their own way. We encourage scouting units and
sponsoring organizations to help support scouting families in need. Baden
Powell council also has funds available to help support scouts and
families with the greatest financial needs. If you have a scout that is
truly in need please have them contact their district executive to apply
for financial assistance.
The scouting program remains one of the most valuable
investments we can make in today's youth. Our dedicated volunteers staff
and families make scouting possible. Thank you for continuing to make a
difference in the lives of the youth we serve.
||Mary Ann Wilcox
||Vice President- Membership
|| Scout Executive/CEO
Additional note: Remember that the Taughannock District has a
New Scout Fee Assistance Fund if you have a new member who needs
assistance paying that fee. See below for
Scouting is a uniformed organization… Do you need a
We can help. The Taughannock District currently
has several experienced men's uniform shirts available for purchase.
Reserve one now, and pick it up at Roundtable.
Suggested price: $10 per shirt (new are $30-40) All
proceeds go to the District New Scout Fund.
Contact Mike Homrighaus at email@example.com
Scouts BSA Advancement
See Advancement News below for
Looking for Recruiting Materials?
Check out https://www.scouting.org/recruitment/
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Silver Beaver, Venturing & Sea Scout Leadership,
Light of Scouting & Fretwell Awards
Scout Volunteers and Community Members,
The Baden-Powell Council recognizes the efforts and dedication our
volunteers provide creating a quality program for our area youth. Please
recognize the tireless efforts of our distinguished volunteers.
The Silver Beaver Award is to recognize registered Scouters of
exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a
council. Introduced in 1931 the award is bestowed upon volunteers who
consistently go above and beyond providing exceptional service not only to
scouting but to their community.
The Venturing Leadership Award is used In order to recognize
Venturing Scouts and Venturing Advisors who have made exceptional
contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law. To
qualify for the award the venturing scouter or venturing advisor should
demonstrate outstanding service to both the venturing program and our
The purpose of the Sea Scout Leadership Award is to recognize
Sea Scouts and Sea Scouters who have made exceptional contributions to Sea
Scouting. To qualify for the award Qualification to be registered and
involved as a Sea Scout or Sea Scouter for at least one year, hold a
leadership position or an office at the unit, district, or council level,
and show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and
service to Sea Scouting and to Sea Scouts.
Named after a Columbia University education professor (who also
happened to be the BSA's second Chief Scout Executive), the Elbert K.
Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award is presented to those who work in
education and who follow the BSA's mission "to prepare young people
to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in
them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."
Brand New: The Light of Scouting Award. Do you know someone who
went above and beyond to keep the light of scouting going during the
Coronavirus Pandemic? Someone who improvised, adapted and overcame the
difficulty of finding ways to keep the Scouts active? Please consider
nominating them for this new Baden-Powell Council award.
Please return all nominations to Baden Powell Council. Please send to
the attention of Stacy Hall, Staff Advisor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help with the New Scout joining fee is available
Effective August 1st, 2020, National instituted a $25 joining
fee for all new Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts. The Taughannock
District recognizes that this fee may pose a barrier to some families,
especially in this time of Covid-19 uncertainty.
The District has established a New Scout fund to help pay
these Joining Fees for Scouts who might need help with paying them. The
fund was established from the proceeds of the Scouting Memorabilia Sale
held in August and from contributions by generous District
Volunteers. The New Scout Fund has been set up at the Council
Office, and it is available now.
If your unit has
recruited one or more new boys or girls who have need of assistance with
paying the Joining Fee, send an e-mail to NewScoutFund@TCScouts.org
and let us know what unit you're with and how many Joining Fees you would
need. We can't pay all the joining fees for every new member - there just
isn't enough money for that - but we hope that where there is need, we can
A Scout is Trustworthy - if you tell us these boys and girls need help
joining Scouts, the Fund is there to help.
This fund is only available for units in the
Taughannock District. If you're not in the district, talk to your
district or council leadership about setting up such a fund for your
district or council.
The fund is only for Joining Fees for
newly-joining youth. It is not available to pay registration fees in
If you are a parent of a newly-joining Cub,
Scout, Sea Scout or Venturer and need this help, ask your Pack, Troop,
Ship or Crew to make application for the help. Money from the New
Scout Fund will only be applied to fees due from the unit, on
application by the unit. No cash distributions to units or individuals
will be made.
Watch the District
Facebook group, Council Website
and Council Facebook Page.
Upcoming Merit Badge
Watch this page and the Baden-Powell
Council Calendar for more badges as they are added to the
Roundtable Handouts and Resources are now available online
Check out our Handouts and Resources page on
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!
Advancement and Recognition
For the most up-to-date Advancement information see our Advancement
For the latest news, see National's Program
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for
Taughannock District Committee positions. Long hours, no pay, great job
satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week),
so act NOW! Openings in:
(Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - we can use several Unit
Commissioners, also New
Unit Commissioners are needed to make a three-year commitment to
help newly formed units succeed. We're also looking for someone
who would be willing to take on the District Commissioner role
in a year or two - sign up as an Assistant DC now, and move up
when you're ready.
For more information, and a list of available
positions, see our "Help Wanted"
Contact the District
Key 3 if you're interested or know someone who would be
See the Council Website at https://www.bpcouncil.org
Boy Scouts of America Selects
as New President and CEO
Irving, Texas (November 3, 2023) — Following an extensive
selection process, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has chosen Roger A.
Krone to serve as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Krone
recently retired as the Chairman and CEO of Leidos, a $15 billion Fortune
250 government technology solutions firm where, in nine years of
leadership, he and his team nearly tripled revenue and more than doubled
An Eagle Scout who spent summers at Scout camp and Philmont Scout
Ranch, Krone regularly applied the lessons he learned in Scouting during
an engineering and aerospace career spanning more than 45 years.
“As a life-long Scout, the opportunity to lead the Scouting movement
represents the perfect capstone to a long and fruitful career and a chance
to give back,” said Krone. “The program was a big part of my life and
the lives of my children. I want to make sure every child has an
opportunity to have that same amazing experience.”
Prior to his work at Leidos, he held leadership roles at some of the
most prominent aerospace companies in the world, including serving as
President of Network and Space Systems at Boeing. An inspiring leader with
a passion for people, Krone has a strong track record of uniting teams
under a shared vision to achieve operational excellence – even amidst
organizational challenges and societal change.
“Roger Krone has spent his entire career transforming complex
businesses and preparing them for what lies ahead,” said Brad Tilden,
who serves as the BSA’s National Chair. “His experience, combined with
his personal passion for Scouting, will enable him to look at a familiar
organization in new ways and find innovative approaches to welcoming more
youth into the adventure of Scouting. Our movement could not be more
excited to welcome him as our new leader.”
Krone earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the
Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in aerospace
engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of
Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. A
Six Sigma Green Belt, he is both a licensed commercial pilot and a
certified public accountant. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of
The BSA’s CEO search process began in the spring of 2023 with the
selection of global organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry, which used
a robust and inclusive process involving a range of BSA stakeholders. This
group, which included representatives from throughout our movement
including youth, Scout executives, and BSA alumni, was tasked with
providing feedback to inform the search. In late October, the CEO
Selection Committee unanimously selected Krone to present to the BSA’s
National Executive Committee and National Board.
Krone, Tilden and National Commissioner W. Scott Sorrels will work
together as the BSA’s “National Key 3.” The trio, consisting of two
volunteers and one professional, make up the organization’s highest
level of leadership at the national level.
Krone follows Roger C. Mosby as the 113-year-old organization’s top
administrator. Mosby, who was appointed in December 2019, recently
announced his retirement, effective November 8, 2023.
“On behalf of the entire Scouting movement, we want to extend our
heartfelt appreciation to Roger Mosby,” said Tilden. “Leading the
restructuring process was exceptionally challenging, and Roger
demonstrated unwavering determination and resolve throughout. We will
never be able thank him enough for what he’s done for Scouting.”
BSA Bankruptcy Plan has been approved
For the most up-to-date information, see https://www.bsarestructuring.org/