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New 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 on your current YPT, it will be canceled 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". The new training will be offered at September Roundtable. For more details, see the Training Page

  • 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 adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. A registered female ault leader 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.
  • 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 the youth.
  • 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 must take Hazardous Weather Training (course code SCO_800) to be considered "trained" for their positions. 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 information. 

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/ 

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. 

For details see the Activity Page

BSA National Announces new "Scout Me In" Promotion Campaign
and "Scouts BSA" as name for 11-17 year-old program

For information, see the Bryan on Scouting Blog at scoutingmagazine.org 

Sailing for Sea Scout
Adult Volunteers
Hosted by Sea Scout Ship 25 - Ithaca, NY
Summer 2018 (three weekends available)

Course Description: Sailing for Sea Scout Adult Volunteers is a two-day training hosted by Ship 25 in Ithaca, New York open to Sea Scout adult volunteers and other interested adults. Although many Sea Scout adult volunteers are experienced boaters, a fair number are either powerboat or small sailing craft sailors. This course will provide the background and experience needed to prepare adult volunteers to help Sea Scouts organize a group sailing excursion on a larger sailboat. 

For more information, a flyer and an application form, see the Training Page


Congratulations to everyone who received awards at the District Awards Dinner at the Dryden Fire Hall on Friday, April 27th! Many Veteran Scouters were recognized for their long service - not to embarrass anyone, I'll just say that one Scouter present joined Scouting in the 1940's, and others had more than 60 years of continuous membership. Also presented were:

  • The District Award of Merit, the highest official award a district can give, was presented to Roger Garnett and Michelle Lake. 

  • The prestigious (if unofficial) Founder's Award was received by Dave Gross, along with the equally prestigious (if dethpicable) Taughanduck Pendant (a/k/a "honorary Mike"). 

  • Pack 91 in McGraw received the District Commissioner's Award for outstanding program delivery. 

  • The Order of the Gorget was presented to Christopher Delage from Ship 25, plus one other youth member who doesn't know about it yet. 

  • Scouters were inducted into the Patriot Patrol, the Old Guard Patrol and the Rising Stars Patrol, and a deserving group of young leaders were inducted as 76'ers. 

  • A number of training awards (knots) were presented to Scouters who had earned them through training and service (see the Advancement Page for more details). 

  • Spark Plugs were given to a number of people who supply the spark to keep their units running.

  • The Homer Police Department received a "Good Turn Award" for their support of Scouting. 

  • Finally, a good meal was had by all. 

"Thanks" to everyone who came to the dinner!

See more pictures on the District Scrapbook.

Scout Troops - Camporee Survey

A survey about what our Scouts and Troop Leaders would like to see at future District Camporees was handed out at the February Roundtable.
Additional copies of the surveys can be found on this website.

Each Scout Troop should fill out two surveys - one by the Scouts (SPL or PLC) and one by the adult leaders (SM, ASMs) - and if you didn't hand them in at the April Roundtable, please scan and e-mail the form to Mike Brown DC@TCScouts.org

Thank you for the help!

Questions about the Family Scouting Program (a/k/a girls in Cub Scouts and 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. 


Order of the Arrow American Indian Events

Hey! Scouts are you looking for something NEW & EXCITING? Well, Our OA Chapter is offering new programs in American Indian Events!

See the Activities page for details and a flyer

University of Scouting Resources

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

Our Cubs had fun at the District Pinewood Derby
March 10, 2018!

See the District Scrapbook for more pictures.

Congratulations to 
Clay Converse, Baden-Powell Council Silver Beaver
and Ed Plesnar, Sea Scout Leader Award

Congratulations to Taughannock's Clay Converse on being awarded his Silver Beaver at the Council recognition dinner on Saturday, February 24th! Congratulations also to Ed Plesnar, Chris DeLage, Michelle Noyes and Liam Stark for receiving awards for their leadership in Venturing and Sea Scouts.

"Congratulations" and "Thanks" to all!
The District Winter Camporee was a success!

For more information and photos, see the Scrapbook Page

Calling all Aviators!
Aviation Explorer Post 62 - East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport

Meetings on second Sundays, 3:00PM (usually)

If you know anyone between 14-20 years old who is interested in flying, invite him or her to come to our meeting and join Post 62!
Download a flyer here in PDF

You can find more information and our annual calendar on our web page, and also on our Facebook page
For ongoing information,  join our Google Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail to Post62@TCScouts.org or call 607-844-8584.  

Help Wanted!

Your District needs YOU! Or, at least, someone like you... Are you looking to do something for Scouting in Tompkins and Cortland County? Have you retired from a Pack, Troop, Ship or Crew, and you'd like a new challenge? 

Taughannock District is open to volunteers from anywhere in the Tompkins and Cortland County area. We believe Scouting is an important community activity and we welcome anyone who is willing to help our youth members live up to Scouting's ideals by registering as a volunteer. 

For more information, and a list of available positions, see our new "Help Wanted" page!

Introducing 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

Changes to BSA Training

BSA National  HQ has announced the following changes to training:

  • Youth Protection - a new course was introduced on February 1, 2018. This course is for adults in all BSA programs, replacing the former three program-specific YPT courses Y01-Y03. All current leaders must take the new YPT before October 1, 2018. See the Training page for more information.
  • BALOO/OWL - has been combined and broken into two parts.  Both parts must be completed to be considered trained.  
    • Part 1 - On line
    • Part 2 - in the field
  • Boy Scout Leader Position Specific Training - on line training available - 19 modules (don't groan).  
  • Chartered Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position trained (Fast Start is already on line). 
  • Commissioners Basic - on line training.  
  • Den Leader Training was updated in March 2018 - an online version is expected later in 2018.

For more information see the Training Page

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!

Our 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 News

  • Lion Program Changes: Based on volunteer suggestions last year, there have been a number of changes to the Lion program for Kindergarten-age boys. See this Scouting Magazine article for details  Also, effective in 2018, Lions are now an official part of Cub Scouting. 
  • Cub Advancement News: There were major changes effective December 1, 2016. See our Advancement page for more information. 
  • Scout Advancement News: 
    • Eagle Palm requirements changed August 1, 2017 - See the Advancement Page for details. 
    • Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement Page for details.  
    • Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement page
    • BSA introduced a number of new merit badges:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! 
      • Animation - released May, 2015

      • Exploring - released February, 2017

      For the latest news, see National's Program Updates page

Activity and Program News

See the Activities Page or Camping Page for information on upcoming events. 

District News

  • Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:

    • Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)

    • Advancement (Cub and Scout)

    • Finance

    • Membership

    • Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cub Roundtable

  • Long hours, no pay, great job satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week), so act NOW! Contact the District Executive or District Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 

Council News

See the Baden-Powell Council website

National and International News

VenturingFest at Summit Bechtel - July 1-6, 2018

VenturingFest 2018 is a special Scouting event at Summit Bechtel Reservation (SBR) that’s open to registered Venturers, Scouts and adult leaders across the U.S. This six-day high-adventure festival invites participants to explore the best the SBR has to offer. We’re talking rock climbing, skateboarding, BMX biking, water sports, shooting sports, zip lines, challenge courses, and so much more!

See Activity Page for Details


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