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
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.
Scouting is inclusive - see our Membership
Policy page for a summary of the BSA's current membership
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 - and, starting in September 2017, kindergarten boys can join
Cub Scouts in the Lion Cub pilot program.
- Boy Scouts is for boys age 11 through age 17
(or at least 10½ 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
- 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
The Baden-Powell Council provides Scouting to a six-county area -
Broome, Chenango, 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
Taughannock District Members
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
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! 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
- 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.
- Help Wanted - Scouting wants you!
Here's how you can help...
- District Scrapbook - take a look at
what our members have been doing!
- Virtual Patch Collection
- Scouts and Scouters love patches - they're interesting in
themselves, and a good way to learn about Scout history. Here are
some of the ones we've collected...
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
- 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 one of four
districts in the Baden-Powell Council,
a part of the Boy Scouts of America
(BSA), which in turn is part of the World
Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Use the links below, or the
green buttons on the left of each page, for direct links to other
District Facebook Group: If you're on Facebook, be sure to
join this group for the latest in local program and
"shares" from around the country and the world.
- 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 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
- 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 (scouting.org) - 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.
- My.Scouting.org - the
Scouting Tools site is where you'll find links for training,
updating your membership profile, accessing unit records and much
- World Organization of the
Scout Movement (WOSM) - Scout.org is the site for
international Scouting news and information.
- Camp Barton is one of the
two Scout camps run by the Baden-Powell Council - the one located in
the Taughannock District.
- Blair Atholl
International Scottish Patrol Jamborette - the Baden-Powell
Council has sent a contingent of Scouts to this unique international
event every even-numbered year since 1996!
- For more useful links, see our Forms and
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