Aviation Explorer Post 62
December 9, 2018
Materials Science for Aviators
The Post had a great time at their December Post meeting
investigating the wonders of Material Science, under the guidance of
Associate Advisor and Cornell Professor Mike Thompson. The Explorers
bent aluminum bars (and couldn't bend the same bar when alloyed with 2%
copper), looked at computer memory over the years (a whole two bytes on
a card no more than four inches square!), suspended a magnet over a
superconductor, drove a nail with a ceramic hammer, and tried to bounce
an unbounceable rubber ball. The meeting ended with making Liquid
Nitrogen Ice Cream (with chocolate chips).
For more pictures, see the District
Blue and Grey Civil War Camporee
Coming in Spring 2020!
At the November 2018 roundtable, the district's Scout
leaders voted to change the timing for district camporees to the Spring.
The camporee on the schedule for October 2019 will therefore be rescheduled
to April or May 2020.
They also decided that the next district camporee would
be a return of the popular Blue and Grey Civil War camporee. This
camporee has been held four times before - in 1993, 1997, 2007 and 2014,
and it was a hit with the Scouts each time. Each participating troop
will be assigned the identity of a real Civil War Regiment (information
on the regiment will be provided when the troop signs up), and each
patrol will represent a company in that regiment. At each camporee
station, a Union company will compete head-to-head with a Confederate
company - the winner will capture a company flag from the loser.
Additional flags will be awarded to companies for attending
noncompetitive stations and for scores in a quiz and mass game. The
winning company will be the one with the most captured flags at the end
of the day.
A date for the Blue and Grey Camporee will be set at the
District Planning Day in January 2019, and full details will be
available by next summer. Watch the Activity
page for developments!
Our Cubs had a great time at
Boo at Barton!
October 6-7, 2018
For more pictures, see our 2018
Boo at Barton page.
BSA is recruiting leaders for international
activities in 2020
Would you be interested in being a contingent leader
for a BSA contingent at a Scouting event overseas? The BSA is recruiting
now for the following events in 2020:
Download a Job
Description and Application
Scoutbook to be FREE starting January 1, 2019
The following announcement was posted to the Commissioners
of the BSA Facebook Group on August 31, 2018:
Scoutbook will be free to all families and units effective January 1,
2019. Effective September 1, those with current Scoutbook
subscriptions will not pay to RENEW or add Scouts to their family or unit
This decision comes after literally years of advocacy on your behalf by
your Commissioner representatives to BSA’s IT Standing Committee Darlene
Sprague and myself (Rick Hillenbrand). See the full announcement
for additional information and FAQs.
- Rick Hillenbrand, National Commissioner Support Team
Questions about the Family Scouting Program (a/k/a
girls in Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts))?
The National Council has
a web page with the latest news regarding Family Scouting which will
have the most up-to-date information as things progress.
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/
Cubs had a great time at Cub Scout Resident Camp
See more pictures and read about it!
Bi-Monthly Cub Activities at
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier
60 Morgan Road, Binghamton
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is a hands-on
children's museum. They offer workshops and an overnight snooze
experience for Cub Scouts every other month. The November 2018-May
2019 flyers are available - for details see the Activity
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
- Cub Advancement News:
- Scout Advancement News:
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 Cub
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
See the Baden-Powell