Taughannock District, Baden-Powell Council, BSA


Advancement News - Activity and Program - Upcoming Events - District News - Council News - National News 

Are you a member of the District Facebook Group? You should be!

Our Cubs traveled to the Frontier - Camp Barton
Cub Resident Camp - Leatherstocking Tales

Read all about it on our 2014 Cub Resident Camp page!

Pack 4 Cub Scout Ice Cream Social
Saturday September 20th, 2-4PM
First Congregational Church, Ithaca

Learn more at the Pack 4 Ice Cream Social, where they will have Cub Scout information, games, awards, ice cream and other fun. 
Everyone welcome, including siblings of all ages!
Bring a friend and you will both get a prize!

Pack 4 has 4 dens, about 30 Cubs, and meets once a month. Individual dens have 4-10 Cubs, all in the same grade, and meet 2-3 times a month. 

For more information, contact Robin Stedinger (607) 257-8016

Taughannock District Scouts had a great time
in Scotland this summer!

Follow along on their trip on the B-P Council Blair Atholl Jamborette web pages!

Be sure your unit is represented at one of the two Fall Kick-offs!

Tuesday, August 19th, 6pm at the United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church Street, Cortland
Wednesday, August 27th, 6pm at the First Congregational Church, 309 Highland Rd, Ithaca

Please be sure that you have your unit attends ONE of the kick-offs mentioned above. Please be sure to bring your Popcorn Kernel AND unit Membership Coordinator.

Swimming merit badge revised in time for summer camp

Swimming Merit Badge was extensively revised in the 2014 requirements book. Scouts may use either the old requirements or the new ones through the end of 2014. Scouts who have not yet started on Swimming merit badge by January 1, 2015, must use the new requirements. See Bryan on Scouting for the details and new requirements. 

BSA National's Recruiting Materials Website

Try http://www.scouting.org/badgeofhonor.aspx for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs - you name it!

Blue and Grey Camporee
September 26-28, 2014
Mike Brown's Pond, Harford

The popular Civil War Camporee returns!

Leader Guide is now available.
If your unit is not listed on the Blue and Grey Page, you're not registered to attend the Camporee! 

For information, see our Blue and Grey Camporee Page

BALOO Training for Cub Leaders and Adults
November 15, 2014

See the Training Page for information and a flyer

Congratulations to everyone who received awards at the
Taughannock District Awards Social!
Dryden Fire Hall, April 6, 2014

And particular congratulations to Lee Stepp, recipient of the 2014 District Award of Merit!

Primitive Skills Weekend
March 15, 2014

See more photos on the District Scrapbook!

Cubs at the Loop-a-Palooza!
March 15, 2014
T-S-T BOCES in Ithaca

See more pictures and read all about it on the District Scrapbook!

Ice Climbing at Camp Barton
March 8, 2014

Scouts, Venturers and Leaders met on Saturday, March 8th, for the first ever Ice Climbing Day at Camp Barton, organized by Tim Woods and John Udall. They met and hiked in from the dining hall parking lot to the winter lean-tos.  One lean-to was the gear staging site and one lean-to was the warming hut where stoves, hot drinks, water and snacks will be available.

As promised, I am plowing through almost 700 pictures in RAW format and well over an hour of GOPro video to make something everyone can enjoy without being a full length movie spanning two DVDs. When it is done, I will make sure it gets on the district website. 

Thanks to all who made Saturday's Ice Climbing event a HUGE success. 

Mark Travis

Homer Troop 79 at Valley Forge

Members of Homer Troop 79 attended the 102nd Valley Forge Encampment and Pilgrimage over Presidents Weekend, February 14-16, 2014.

For more information and pictures, see our Scrapbook page!

Aviation Explorers tour Cornell UAV Lab
February 9, 2014

For more pictures and the whole story, see our Scrapbook page!

District Mall Show and Pinewood Derby
February 8, 2014

For details and more pictures, see the Scrapbook Page!

Congratulations to Taughannock District's Newest Eagle Scout
Joe Koch, Troop 48, Lansing
January 26, 2014

Ice Pirates 3D!
Taughannock District 2014 Winter Camporee
January 18, 2014

In a world where the oceans are full of Diet Cola, and there isn’t any ice… They were thirsty and they hate hot soda…
The terrible ICE PIRATES came to Earth again! Our Scouts responded, and once again, the Earth was saved, and our ice is safe.. for now. 

Read more and see more photos on our District Scrapbook Page!

Sea Scout Ship 25 tours the US Naval Academy
January 18, 2014

Sea Scouts from Ship 25, SSS Spear, traveled to the Naval Academy in Annapolis to tour the Academy and attend a session on the BSA's new NOVA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) award program. 

For more pictures, see our Scrapbook page.

Lowes Eagle Scout Grant Program

Attention Scoutmasters & Troop Committee Chairs:

Do you have a Life Scout that is working on or about to work on his Eagle project ? If you do then please make sure this information gets to your Scouts. Lowe's has partnered with the BSA to help provide funding for our Scouts that need help with funding for their Eagle projects. Lowes has started a Lowe's National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant. Applicants can apply for a $100 Discover gift card that can be used to help fund their project.

To apply for the grant the Scout must first get his project approved by the Eagle Board of Review. Once his project is approved, he needs to fill in the attached application and send it to
Mark Shanks - 15 Griffin Dr - Apalachin NY 13732. He can also email it to mshanks@stny.rr.com 

Once the application has been submitted and accepted by Lowes, the Scout will receive a Grant package and gift certificate in the mail. Instructions on how to activate the card along with all requirements he needs to fulfill will be included. The Lowe's National Eagle Scout Impact Grant runs thru April 2014 and is limited to the first 25 applicants on a first come, first served basis.

In Scouting,
Mark Shanks
Lowes Project Follow-up Volunteer
Hiawatha District Committee member
Unit Commissioner
Scoutmaster T43

Download an application form here - MSWord or PDF

New materials to help with your unit's recruiting efforts

Peer-to-Peer Business Cards

The best recruiters for your unit are your present members! Prospective Cubs or Scouts will be much more likely to take a look at your unit if they're asked by someone their own age. National has provided forms for  Peer-to-Peer Business Cards you can use for your unit. Print these cards on pre-perforated Avery 8371 or Staples 12522 Business Cards or the equivalent, or print on plain 8˝x11" card stock and cut them to size on a paper cutter. Hand them out to your youth members and let them give the cards to prospective recruits!

  • Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Boy Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Happy Halloween Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - with Taughannock District website and e-mail - PDF

Trifold Brochures

These brochures describe Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting, and list all of the Packs or Troops in the county with their contact information. They're perfect for handing out at community fairs, school open houses and other events. 

  • Cub Scouts in Cortland County trifold brochure - PDF

  • Boy Scouts in Cortland County trifold brochure - PDF

  • Cub Scouts in Tompkins County trifold brochure - PDF

  • Boy Scouts in Tompkins County trifold brochure - PDF

Ithaca School District Flyer Policy

All Ithaca units who are considering distributing flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School District Flyer Policy
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer
For a copy of the flyer, see our Forms and Resources page

Taughannock District Facebook Group

I've created a Facebook Group for Taughannock District - Baden Powell Council.  The link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/153733998161241/  Hopefully we can use this to begin relaying events on to District members.  We'll have to see how it works.  The email method seems to be touch and go with our Troop as they overlook emails.  Having another avenue to relay information can't hurt.

Lee Stepp

Advancement and Recognition News

Updated Merit Badge pamphlets 
and changes since the 2013 Requirements Book

See the Advancement page

Cooking, Sustainability merit badges become Eagle-required

Moms and dads, prepare the needle and thread! Sustainability and Cooking merit badges will join the list of Eagle-required merit badges over the next 14 months, the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board announced on October 17, 2012.

Sustainability, a new merit badge, joins Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option as of July 15, 2013.

Cooking, meanwhile, became Eagle-required as of Jan. 1, 2014.

The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21. In other words, instead of 12 Eagle-required badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout must earn 13 Eagle-required and 8 elective badges.

Read the whole post at: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/10/17/cooking-sustainability-merit-badges-to-become-eagle-required/

  • Cub Advancement News: See our Advancement page for more information. 
  • Scout Advancement News: See our Advancement page for more information.
    • 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
    • Attention Merit Badge Counselors! The Advancement Committee will be contacting all Merit Badge Counselors over the summer and fall of 2012 to make sure all Counselors are registered and trained. Please be sure to return your paperwork ASAP when you get it!
    • Merit Badge Counselor Form: there's a new form as of June 2011 - be sure to use it instead of the National form or older local forms. You can download it here, and see the Advancement page for registration instructions for Merit Badge Counselors. 
    • BSA introduced a number of new merit badges for 2011-12:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! 
      • Kayaking - requirements released June 13, 2012 
      • Welding - requirements released January 2012
      • Search and Rescue - requirements released August 20, 2012
      • Game Design - released March 6, 2013

      • Sustainability - released July 15, 2013

      • Programming - released July 15, 2013

      • Digital Technology (replacing Computers) - released April 16, 2014

      • Animation - to be released in 2014

      • Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014

      • Signs, Signals and Codes - to be released in 2014

      • Multi-Media - to be released in 2014

      • Computer Aided Design - estimated for 2014-15

      • Advanced Computing - estimated for 2014-15

Activity and Program News

Blue and Grey Camporee
September 26-28, 2014
Mike Brown's Pond, Harford

For information, see our Blue and Grey Camporee Page

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 Cincinnatus. 

  • 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

For council news, see the Baden-Powell Council Website

National and International News

Transatlantic Council, BSA,  and the 70th anniversary
of the D-Day landings in Normandy

Transatlantic Council challenges all Scouts to help in 
Petition Campaign to have the D-Day beaches
declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

We are working to have the Landing Beaches (all five) declared a World Heritage Site. This will help prevent future development. Our goal is that future generations will also be able to visit the beaches as they are today and experience the same feelings you have standing there and remembering.

All you need to do is to help us gather as many signatures as possible. You can sign the petition and pass it on at: http://save-the-beaches.kintera.org/tacbsa

If you would like to contribute to the drive and help us to cover the costs of mounting the campaign, you can support us at http://save-our-D-Day-Beaches.kintera.org/Scouting  With each contribution of $10 or more you will receive a special Normandy pin

For more information, see the Transatlantic Council Normandy Project page or e-mail program@tac-bsa.org

Unseen for half a century...

Fifty years ago, in Scouting's heyday of 1960-61, the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers of this area held Scout-a-Ramas at Cornell's Barton Hall and Cortland's Armory. We've got a page of pictures of the events, newly discovered in a box of negatives left from the old Council Office. 

Ever wonder how many different Council and District patches we've had? 

Is your collection complete? Mine isn't, but it's close. Take a look at this page and see which you're missing (or I am).



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