Baden-Powell Council has a new Scout Executive!
"Welcome" to Matt Bull, our newest Council
Executive - See Council News, below, for
Scout Shabbat Service
Temple Israel in Vestal
Baden-Powell Council Scouts and Scouters: In just a little over a
month, Scout Shabbat (Sabbath) and Scout Sunday will be here! Temple
Israel in Vestal is hosting its second annual Scout Shabbat! We had a
lot of positive feedback last year, and wish to again invite all local
Scouts and Scouters to a Scout Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner the
evening of Friday, February 15th.
What: Scout Shabbat Services and Dinner
When: 5:30 PM on Friday, February 15th
Who: Open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts,
Explorers, and adult leadership, whether Jewish or not!
Where: To get to Temple Israel, turn onto Clubhouse Rd from Route
434 in Vestal (right by the Binghamton border). The temple is on the
left-hand side across the street from the Jewish Community Center.
RSVP: You can RSVP to Michael Martinez, a Temple Israel member
and local Scout leader, at email@example.com
Please provide an estimate as accurate as possible of how many plan to
come from your unit by February 10th, to help us know how many to plan
for. Let Michael also know if you are interested in information about
Scout Shabbat patches, or if you are interested in using this
opportunity to start the American Cultures merit badge!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Michael,
or to send an email to Rabbi Geoffrey Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to help sponsor the dinner, let Michael know. If you
would like to make a donation to Temple Israel, you can do so by sending
the donation to: Temple Israel 4737 Deerfield Pl Vestal, NY 13850
Donations are not accepted at the service as we are not permitted to
exchange money on the Sabbath.
B'Shalom (In Peace),
Michael T. Martinez
For those who want to know more:
What is a Kabbalat Shabbat service? Taking place on Friday evening, a
Kabbalat Shabbat service welcomes in the Jewish Sabbath, which is
celebrated from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. It is typically
around 45 minutes to an hour long. It is rich with song, praise of the
Lord, and prayer.
Would attending a Jewish service conflict with a Scout's Christianity
or Christian education? No. In fact, it would probably enhance their
Christian education. Seeing a prayer service in the religious traditions
of Jesus, an Arabic Jew from Nazareth, would likely be a great
opportunity to enhance one's understanding of Jesus and the ways His
Should I encourage Jewish Scouts who are a member at a different
Jewish Synagogue to go? Not if their synagogue also sets up a Scout
Shabbat service for that evening. Scout Shabbat services have not been
regularly offered by other synagogues in our area in past years, though.
To encourage adherence to the Twelfth Point of the Scout Law (reverent)
and to one of the key principles of the Scout Oath (Duty to God), it may
be good to encourage Jewish Scouts to come to a Scout Shabbat service.
Tompkins-Cortland Community College, Dryden
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10:00
A celebration in honor of Baden Powell’s
All Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers, parents, siblings
and adult leaders are welcome to join the fun!
For details and a flyer, see the Activity
BADEN-POWELL COUNCIL Volunteer Recognition Dinner
A Celebration Honoring All Baden-Powell Council Volunteer Leaders
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 From 6pm – 9:00pm
Where: McCabe Hall at Church of the Holy Family 3600
Phyllis St, Endicott, NY 13760
Cost: $18.00 per person
Spend some time socializing with your fellow friends and
Scouters, while enjoying an evening of refreshments and a delicious
catered dinner. At 7pm, the programming will begin as we recognize
outstanding volunteers, the recipients of the District Awards of Merit,
James E. West Fellowship, Veteran Awards, Leadership Awards for Sea
Scouts and Venturing, and honoring the Silver Beaver Court of Honor. The
night will then conclude with a dessert reception.
If you have any questions please contact: Stacy Hall email@example.com
or Phone: 607 648-7888
District Pinewood Derby
Saturday March 9th, 2019
At the food court in the Shops at Ithaca Mall
For details and an entry form, see the Activities
University of Scouting
Whitney Point High School - March 30, 2019
You don't stop learning just because you're
"trained" - there's always something more to know. The
University of Scouting is an opportunity for all adults, older youth and
Den Chiefs to learn more about any of dozens of topics useful in Scouting -
and life outside of Scouting, for that matter. Make sure it's on your
calendar, and take a group of leaders from your unit along with you!
For information, see the Baden-Powell
Council Training Page.
The schedule, course catalog and registration forms have been posted -
you can get
Contact is Ed Plesnar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Taughannock District Awards Dinner
April 26, 2019 - 6:00PM
Dryden Veterans Memorial Home
Mark this on your unit's calendar, and encourage all of
the leaders in your unit to attend!
There will be many awards for leaders and units, a great dinner, and fun
See the Advancement and Recognition page
for information on awards.
Blast from the Past Winter
Camp Barton - January 26, 2019
Frigid cold temperatures? Not a problem! In temperatures
hovering in teens, 13 teams of Boy Scouts from Tompkins and Cortland
Counties competed in a Winter Camporee. The scouts demonstrated a wide
variety of skills: everything from performing as a group in an ice rescue,
speed in building a fire, cutting a tree from 10 feet away without
touching the saw, comparing 1st Aid skills from 100 years ago with those
today and learning how to send messages without cellphones!
There are more photos and information on the Scrapbook
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
Aviation Explorer Post 62
December 9, 2018 Meeting
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
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!
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
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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/
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.
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