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November Roundtable - Location Change

The November Roundtable will be held at Tompkins-Cortland Community College (a/k/a TC3) in Dryden, as our regular meeting place will be unavailable. 
This notice only applies to the November roundtable - October, December, etc., will be at the Dryden Presbyterian Church as usual. 

Calling all Aviators! You're invited to Aviation Explorer Post 62's
Kickoff Meeting and New Member Open House
Sunday, October 7th, 3:00PM 
at the East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport

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.  

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
October 27-28 at Camp Tuscarora

  • BALOO - At least one BALOO-trained adult leader must accompany a Cub Pack or Webelos Den camping trip - see Council website for detals on this course. Note that you will also need to take the online portion of the course from the Learn Center on my.scouting.org in addition to this outdoor weekend training. 
  • INTRODUCTION to OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS) - Camp Tuscarora - a required course for all Scoutmasters and Ass't Scoutmasters; all adult leaders involved in either troop or venturing camping are encouraged to take this course - see Council website*

Scouting for Food
November 2018

Please help fill our local food pantries by participating in Scouting for Food! 

Please pick your hangers at the November Roundtable! Canít attend roundtable, hangers can be picked up at the council office. 


  • Fill out and return the commitment card at the bottom of the Scouting for Food letter (PDF). 

  • Pick up hangers from roundtable or the council office. 

  • Place hangers on doors in your neighborhood requesting food donations. 

  • Return to the homes in which you provided the door hangers collecting donated food. 

  • Drop off the food to a local food back of your choice. 

  • Order patches 

The unit with the highest percentage of participation in each district will be entered to win a pizza party! 

If you have any questions please reach out to: Renee Denney Baden-Powell Council Activities Chair 607-201-2556 scouter.denney@gmail.com

Five Rivers Council Merit Badge University
 SUNY Corning Community College - 1 Academic Dr Corning, NY 14830
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 8:30 am Ė 4:00 pm

Our neighboring council to the west will be offering a Merit Badge University on November 3rd. Badges being offered include: 
American Business - Art - Astronomy - Automotive Maintenance - Chemistry 
Citizenship in the Community - Citizenship in the Nation - Citizenship in the World - Coin Collecting 
Composite Materials - Dentistry - Digital Technology - Disability Awareness - Electricity - Emergency Preparedness 
Energy - Engineering - First Aid - Geology - Insect Study - Law - Oceanography 
Photography - Public Speaking - Soil & Water Conservation - Theater - Weather - Welding - Wood Carving

For more information, see the Five Rivers Council website or contact Chris.Theurich@scouting.org

Introduction to Leader Skills - Troops (ILS-T)
Saturday, November 17

Supercharge your troop with trained youth leaders! 
For more information, see the training page

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 accounts.

This decision comes after literally years of advocacy on your behalf by your Commissioner representatives to BSAís 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 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 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 Scoutmaster.  
  • 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 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 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/ 

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 Page

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!

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

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

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: 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 introduces new merit badges from time to time:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! The latest are:
      • Exploring - released February, 2017

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

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! 

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

     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



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