Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA
District Scrapbook - 2010-2012


This District Scrapbook page covers district events in 2010-12 
For later events see our current scrapbook page - we have Scrapbook Pages for  2009 and earlier, 2013-2014, and 2015-2016 too!

Sea Scout Ship 25 in Puerto Rico

The SSS Spear, Ship 25, spent their Christmas 2012 holidays in Puerto Rico. 
They sailed, explored caves and the rainforest, and visited the Areceibo Observatory.

At Arecibo Observatory

In the rainforest on Puerto Rico

Sailing the 50 ft. Catamaran "Spread Eagle" out of fajardo Puerto Rico

Ship 25 from Ithaca celebrating with Ship 192 from Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Inside the Window Cave

The view from Window Cave

Congratulations to Yvonne Plesnar on earning
Sea Scout Quartermaster - Venturing Silver - Venturing Ranger Award
November 10, 2012

One of Scouting's oldest programs, Sea Scouting is celebrating its 100th year in 2012, but it remains "Scouting's best kept secret". Sea Scout Ship 25 (SSS Spear) meeting at the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Ithaca, is one of only two Ships in the Baden-Powell Council.  Quartermaster is the highest rank in Sea Scouting - it is earned by only 20 Sea Scouts a year - so that, alone, would make Yvonne's achievement something special. Not to stop there, though, she also earned the Venturing Silver Award - the highest rank in Venturing - and also Venturing Ranger Award at the same time. All three awards were presented at a ceremony at the Dryden Fire Hall on Saturday, November 10, 2012, which was attended by the Sea Scouts of both Ship 25 and Ship 90, as well as a roomful of parents, Scouts and Scouters. 

Ship Committee Chair and District Chairman Jim Graney
received a Monkey's Fist (ask Jim)

"Well done" to Yvonne and Ship 25!

Congratulations to Eagle Scout Duncan Fuller, Troop 48
October 20, 2012

ASM Roger Garnett presents Eagle medal

How many Eagle Courts of Honor feature a tuba sing-a-long? 

Sea Scouts rescued 4 stranded boaters 
on Cayuga Lake in rough seas and high wind

Just wanted to give you some good news about our program.  On Thursday October 18, 2012, around 5:00PM the Sea Scouts and leaders of Ship 25 rescued four boaters whose small sailboat was in rough seas with high winds. There was, rain and thunder in the forecast for overnight and their motor had died.  They were adrift on Cayuga Lake about four miles from the inlet being blown north into rougher seas.  These were very freaked out people.  

We were able to tow them back and get them  safely to dock.  I understand from the people at the marina who I  spoke to today that these people are very inexperienced and might not  have made it if we hadn't been there. Seriously though, it was  intense.

Jim Graney, Ship 25

Search and Rescue Fall Camporee

Scouts from six District troops attended our District Fall Camporee in Harford on October 12th-14th. The Scouts competed at four stations, and learned the basics of Search and Rescue techniques. 

The Scouts did two practice searches, on in the afternoon and one at night. 

After-action review - Mike Homrighaus goes over the search with the Scouts.

That's one rubber duckie rescued!

(Scouts + rocks + pond) = stone skipping
Of course. What else?

Our Cubs were scared... or not
at "Boo at Barton" 
2012's Barton Fall Cub Adventure Weekend

See more pictures here

Congratulations to Eagle Scouts
Anton Volkmann and Thomas Murphy
Troop 55 Ithaca - September 16, 2012

Anton Volkmann

Tommy Murphy

Kind of says it all...

65 Cubs became Knights at the 2012 Barton Cub Resident Camp
The Quest for the Barton Grail

Read all about it here!

Packs 24 and 46 Rocket Derby
June 15, 2012

Pack 24 Dryden and Pack 46 Freeville got together and ran a joint Rocket Derby at the Dryden VFW on June 15, 2012. We've got a web page of pictures from the Rocket Derby - take a look!

Congratulations to Eagle Scout Dennis Baldwin - Troop 4
June 9, 2012

Congratulations to Eagle Scout Nick Grantham - Troop 94
June 1, 2012

Nick and his parents, Carl and Dee Grantham at the ceremony at Lime Hollow Nature Center

200 Scouts attended our 2012 District Fly-o-Ree!

The District Fly-o-Ree on May 18-20, 2012, was a great success, and we'd like to express our thanks to all of the Scouters, EAA pilot members and East Hill Flying Club pilots who made it possible. 

For the story of the Fly-o-Ree and more pictures, see this picture gallery page

Congratulations Matt Schrader - Troop 79 Eagle - February 2012

2012 Winter-Ree at Camp Barton:
Robots, Engineering and more!

Click here for more pictures!

1851 - Barton Flats, California...
it's the 2011 Camp Barton Cub Resident Camp!

Click here for more pictures!

Congratulations to 2011 District Awards Recipients!

Sheldon Craig and Katrina Overton
2011 District Award of Merit

On April 29th, many Taughannock District Scouters and Scouts received awards at our 2011 Scouting Awards Dinner. The awards included national training and performance awards (a/k/a knots) through local awards like the Sparkplug, Old Guard, Patriot Patrol, 76'ers and others. Two District Scouters - Sheldon Craig and Katrina Overton - were given the highest award a district can give, the District Award of Merit. Congratulations to all!

Tom Sorenson and Will Newman give a training award to Chaz Stanton.

The Founder's Award - a medal on a blue and red ribbon - was first given by Charles Newman, founder of Troop 4 in Ithaca in the 1920's. In recent years, the Taughannock District has given the Founder's Award to long-term Scouters. This year's award went to Jim Bugh, a 60-year veteran and long-time Scoutmaster of BOCES Troop 81 in Cortland. 

The Patriot Patrol recognizes Scouters who have helped the Taughannock District over the last year. This year's Patriot was John Muir, father of our National Park system. 

Our MC for the dinner, Liam Murphy

It was a dinner, after all, and a good one at that...

We had a good representation by the Sea Scouts this year. 

And finally, why we're doing this in the first place - our youth members. 

District Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers
showed the World of Scouting at the Ithaca Mall

The District held its 2011 Mall Show at the Shops at Ithaca Mall on February 19th. There was a Pinewood Derby for Cubs, and various Packs and Troops and the new Sea Scout Ship all had displays to show the public about the World of Scouting. Also present were the Camp Barton Alumni Association, Duty to God Committee, a display on the Blair Atholl Jamborette and Scouting internationally, and a display by the Council. 

Pack 24 had cubs and Scouts casting into a plastic tub... and potted plants... and the District Commissioner's back...

(at left) Ship 25 had a demonstration of knot tying 

Pack 48 Cubs learn about stitching skins.

(left) Pack 46 had the Cubs building Rube Goldberg gadgets. 

Ship 25 set up a Raingutter Regatta

Troop 2's Scouts demonstrated pioneering skills with a tripod bridge

The District Cub Activities Committee set up a Pinewood Derby in the former Kay Jewelers store. Pack 85 loaned their track and computerized scoring system. 

Needless to say, a Good Time was had by all. 

Troop 94 with a Carpentry Merit Badge project

(right) Troop 48 with a knot board

Troop 90 had three separate displays, including this one with advancement materials. 

(left) Troop 34 Scouts threw cloth birdies

Everyone loves patches...

Visit the Taughannock District Virtual Patch Collection!

Unseen for half a century...

Look at some recently discovered pictures from the 1960 Cortland Armory Scout Show and the 1961 Barton Hall Scout-a-Rama. 

Want to see more District activities? See our current Scrapbook Page - We have a Scrapbook Page for 2009 and earlier, too!

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