Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA



















 

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The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and, through nearly a century of experience, knows that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Are you interested in learning about or joining Scouting? 

The BSA has a range of Scouting programs for you and your son or daughter. We have a web page for each program - use the links below, or click on one of the blue buttons at the left to go to these pages: 

  • Cub Scouts a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of younger boys in first through fifth grades. 
  • Boy Scouts is for boys age 11 through age 17 (or at least 10 and completed fifth grade), designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. 
  • Venturing, Sea Scouts and Exploring are for boys and girls ages 14 through 20 (or age 13 and completed eighth grade). Venturing provides positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help members pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills. Exploring is a career- or vocation-oriented program, with each post specializing in a specific field. 

The Baden-Powell Council provides Scouting to a six-county area - Broome, Chemung, Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins County in central New York and Susquehanna County in northern Pennsylvania. The Taughannock District covers Cortland and Tompkins Counties, serving over 1,000 youth members in fifty Scout units - Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Venture Crews and Explorer Posts. You can find all of the Scouting units in our district on our Google Map.  

Taughannock District Members and Volunteers

The pages on our District website have been arranged so that they are organized in the same way as the District itself. You can use the list below, or click on one of the buttons on the left and at the top of each page, to go directly to a specific page. If you want to find something and aren't sure what page it's on, look at our Site Map index.  

General Pages: The District Committee and District Key Three oversee the Scouting program in the District in a general way, so we start with a collection of pages which are of general applicability to all members and volunteers. These pages can be reached using the red buttons on the left of each page. 

  • Announcements, announcements, announcements! You can find all of the latest news here, with links to the pages with the full details. 

  • District Calendar - Our District plans its Scouting activities on an eighteen-month basis, so that we will always have at least a year's advance notice of upcoming events. Our calendar also includes listings for Council and National events which might be of interest to District volunteers. 

  • Contact List - You can find an Organization Chart of District-level Scouters and Committees on this page, along with contact information. Look here for the "generic" e-mail addresses for some district functions, leaders and committees. 
  • Forms and Links - This page provides links to downloadable forms and to other websites with useful information for Scouters.  Look here for resources such as Roundtable handouts and notes, informational flyers, etc.
  • District Scrapbook - take a look at what our members have been doing!

Specific Pages: Taughannock District works through its volunteer-run committees. If you need information on a specific topic, these pages, which can be reached through the links below or the yellow buttons on the left of each page, are organized in the same way as the District itself:

  • Activities - The Activities Committee is in charge of District Activities for Cubs, Scouts and Venturing. Look here for information on Pinewood Derbies, Cub Weekends, Scout Camporees, Mall Shows, and so on. Where appropriate, we'll also have information on Council Activities and High Adventure opportunities of interest to District members. 
  • Advancement and Recognition - The Advancement program is part of all Scouting programs - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing. Look here for information on rank advancement, Cub Activity Badges, Scout Eagle Projects and Boards of Review, merit badge counselors, etc. This page also has information on recognition awards for adult Scouters - training awards, Spark Plugs and District Awards of Merit, Veteran Scouter pins, and the various square knots. 
  • Camping - The Camping Committee is tasked with promoting organized camping programs for Cubs and Scouts. Look here for information on Cub Day Camps and Resident Camps and Boy Scout Summer Camp. 
  • Communications - This Committee is responsible for internal communications within the district, as well as public relations. Look here for information on publicizing your unit's activities or to sign up for the Taughannock Announce District e-mail list. 
  • Commissioners - The Commissioner Corps is a group of experienced veteran Scouters supporting our District's packs, troops, crews and posts. Unit Commissioners work directly with unit leaders, Roundtable Commissioners lead our monthly Roundtables. This page provides information for and about Taughannock District Commissioners.  
  • Fundraising - The Finance Committee organizes the fundraising events by which our District raises money for District and Council operations. Look here for information on Friends of Scouting campaigns, Popcorn Sales, Distinguished Citizen Awards Dinners, etc. 
  • Training - All Leaders should be trained. The Training Committee works toward this goal by providing training courses for Cub, Scout and Venturing leaders (including youth leaders at the Scout and Venturing levels). Look here for information on training courses offered at the District and Council level, at the annual University of Scouting, and online through MyScouting.org

Off-Site Links: Taughannock District is just part of the larger Boy Scouts of America organization. Use the links below, or the green buttons on the left of each page, for direct links to other Scouting sites:

  • Baden-Powell Council - our District is one of five in the Baden-Powell Council. Look here for information on Council operations, personnel and activities. 
  • Boy Scouts of America National Council - the BSA is responsible for Boy Scouting in the United States. Their website has a vast amount of information for Scouts and Scouters, as well as links to specialized sites such as the Centennial Celebration or MyScouting.org
  • Camp Barton is one of the two Scout camps run by the Baden-Powell Council - the one located in the Taughannock District. 
  • Are you signed up for the Taughannock Announce e-mail list? All District units should have at least one adult (if not all) subscribed to the Taughannock Announce e-mail list. The e-list is used for news and reminders of District meetings and activities, as well as District and unit requests and last minute emergency announcements and cancellations. Click on this link to sign up - you will need to establish a Yahoo.com account, if you don't have one already, then subscribe to the TaughannockAnnounce group. 

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