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|Several Cubs and Scouts from local units were introduced to flying at the EAA Young Eagles Fly-for-Free Rally on Saturday, May 18th. The weather was nice, and a Good Time was had by all - as can be seen from these pictures!|
If you have (or know) any Scouts or Venturers who might be interested in flying, let them know about Baden-Powell Council's only Aviation Explorer Post! The Post has been meeting for several months, now, and is planning an active Spring and Summer program.
The 34th Scottish International Patrol Jamborette will be held from July 21st through 31st, 2014, at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland. The camp will be open to Scouts (and Venturers) who are at least 14 years of age on 21st July 2014 and under 18 years of age as of 31 July 2014. As of June 9th, we have only four spaces left, so get your applications in soon!
The Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team hosted a Boy Scout Robotics Merit Badge Program on Saturday, April 27. 22 Scouts from around the district participated, teamed with other scouts to build robotic submarines, and earned their Robotics Merit Badge. They were able to test out their creations in a small pool and engaged in robot races and robot wars. The program was a huge success and interested units should keep an eye out for the program next Spring.
For more pictures, see the District Scrapbook page
For more pictures - see our page on the Loop-a-Palooza!
See more pictures on the District Scrapbook page!
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, an Eagle Court of Honor was held for Andrew Thompson of Troop 79 in Homer. Before the ceremony, Rep. Richard Hanna (NY-22) presented Andrew with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition as well as a flag that was flown over the US Capitol. (See attached picture.) Mr. Hanna is also recommending Andrew for the US Naval Academy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program which would occur this summer at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Andrew also received letters of commendation and congratulations from the Secretary of the Navy, State Senator James Seward, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
See the Advancement and Recognition page for details
For more pictures - see our 2013 Mall Show Page
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has approved an Amateur Radio Operator rating strip for Scouts and Scouters to wear on their uniforms. According to BSA Communication Services Director Jim Wilson, K5ND, the strip recognizes the Scout or Scouter's availability as an Amateur Radio operator for communication services for events and activities, as well as emergencies.
"Last year, the BSA Awards and Insignia Committee introduced the Morse Code Interpreter Strip upon the recommendation of the BSA's National Radio Scouting Committee," Wilson told the ARRL. "We are always looking for ways to promote Amateur Radio, both within Scouting and to the world. The National Radio Scouting Committee thought this new Amateur Radio rating strip was a wonderful way to do exactly that, as it readily identifies to everyone that the wearer is a licensed radio amateur, prepared to be useful and to help others."
Wilson, who heads up the National Radio Scouting Committee, said that the Amateur Radio Operator rating strip is similar to the Amateur Radio Operator badge offered as a proficiency badge by Scouts Australia, as well as the badge recently introduced by Scouting Netherlands. It follows in the footsteps of the Scout Radioman personal interest badge for Senior Scouts and Explorer Scouts that was offered by the Boy Scouts of America in the 1940s. The strip is worn on the right sleeve, under the patrol emblem or national award strip, if any.
The requirements for the strip couldn’t be simpler: You must be a registered youth or adult member with a valid amateur radio license, of any class, issued by the Federal Communications Commission, known to you and me as the FCC. That’s it.
If you’re eligible, grab the $1.59 strip (Supply No. 617431)
from the Boy Scout Supply Group at 800-323-0736 or scoutstuff.org.
For the original announcement on the American Radio Relay League website: http://www.arrl.org/news/bsa-to-offer-amateur-radio-operator-rating-strip
For the announcement on the Scouting Magazine Blog: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/01/24/amateur-radio-operators-wear-your-smarts-on-your-sleeve/
For more pictures and information, see this page!
I just discovered that the entire back catalog of Boys Life and Scouting magazines are available on Google Books. You can browse either publication by issue from these links - Boys Life or Scouting Magazine.
The magazines are searchable, so I did some poking around and found dozens of issues which had local connections. There was everything from Think'n'Grin and Hobby Hows contributions by local Scouts to pictures and articles of, about and by Scouts, Scouters and units in what is today the Taughannock District. You can find an obituary of Louis Agassiz Fuertes, a letter to Pedro from one of our current Unit Commissioners, and the announcements of the first Eagle Scouts in Cortland and Ithaca back in 1914-16.
A complete list of the Boys Life and Scouting magazines I found has been added to the District Forms and Links page - take a look!
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.
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).
See the Advancement Page for the latest merit badges
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, will join
Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option after its debut at the 2013
Cooking, meanwhile, will become 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
Game Design - released March 6, 2013
Sustainability - to be released at 2013 Jamboree
Programming - to be released at 2013 Jamboree
Digital Technology (replacing Computers) - after 2013 Jamboree
Animation - to be released in 2014
Mining in Society - to be released February 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
See our Camping page for details and a flyer.
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:
Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca, Lansing Cubs 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
For council news, see the Baden-Powell Council Website
|Wayne Perry serves as the 34th president of the Boy
Scouts of America.
He began his work with Scouting as a Cubmaster with Pack 601 in Bellevue, Washington, and has filled many positions since then, including Scoutmaster, Exploring Advisor, district committee vice president, district chairman, council vice president, council president (Chief Seattle Council), regional president (Western Region), jamboree regional commissioner (Western Region), member of the National Executive Board, international commissioner, member of the World Scout Foundation Board, and member of the World Scout Committee.
Wayne has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Wayne is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
Wayne serves as chief executive officer of Shotgun Creek lnvestments, LLC, which invests in a variety of private equity projects. He began a telecommunications career at McCaw Cellular Communications lnc. in 1976, serving as primary legal officer, then general counsel, president, and finally vice chairman.
Wayne is part of the ownership group that purchased the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team, essentially saving it from leaving Seattle. He serves on the board of directors of Baseball of Seattle lnc., the managing general partner of the Mariners.
He and his wife, Christine, are the parents of four Eagle Scout sons: Kevin, Gregory, Douglas, and Justin
The Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee announced it has chosen Wayne Brock as the next Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. On Sept. 1, 2012, he’ll take office and become just the 12th chief in the BSA’s 102 years.
Brock, an Eagle Scout, currently serves as Deputy Chief Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer.
He began his professional Scouting career in 1972 as a district executive in New Bern, N.C., and then served on the staff in Knoxville, Tenn.
Brock also served as Scout executive in Athens, Ga.; Scout executive in Orlando, Fla.; regional director of the Southern Region; and as assistant Chief Scout Executive.
Brock is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award, and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University.
He and his wife, Ernestine, have a grown son and one granddaughter.
The Chief Scout Executive is the top paid professional in Scouting. He isn’t the most-public face of Scouting — that distinction goes to the Scouts themselves — but he serves an invaluable role in guiding the massive Scouting movement into the future.
If the BSA were a corporation, the Chief Scout Executive would be our CEO.
|Tico Perez became the BSA's national commissioner in
May 2008. Tico is the founder of Tico Perez Solutions, a
consulting firm specializing in business, government, and
He is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, Distinguished Eagle Scout, and Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service awards. He is also a James E. West Fellow.
Tico has served in Scouting as a council president, area president, the Southern Region president, and in a variety of other local, regional, and national responsibilities. He is passionate about multicultural markets and serving disadvantaged youth.
Tico has been involved in Scouting for more than 39 years and credits much of his leadership training to the lessons learned while a lodge and section chief in the Order of the Arrow. With his leadership, we anticipate taking our vision to the next level in providing quality program experiences for every youth involved in Scouting.
The National Key 3 will work to lead 1,100 National Council employees, 5,800 local council employees, and almost 1.2 million adult volunteers who serve more than 2.6 million youth across the nation.
No shock that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is making headlines again.
But what may surprise you is why: She just joined the global Scouting movement as a volunteer with the U.K. Scout Association.
The “other” Scouting magazine, which serves 400,000 boys and girls involved with Scouting in the U.K., features Kate in a cover story for its February-March issue, due out next week. Check out the cover at left. Sure beats People or Vogue, if you ask me.
Kate will join 40,000 female Scouters in the U.K. Her plans include volunteering with Scout units near the royal couple’s home in north Wales, recruiting additional Scouters, and traveling the country to lead activities relevant to her skills and interests.
Bear Grylls, star of Man vs. Wild and U.K. Chief Scout, shared this reaction with U.K. Scouting magazine:
“The duchess has an incredibly busy life,” he said, “which makes it all the more inspiring that she has chosen to volunteer alongside us. Over the past few years it has been our mission to make it easier for adults to give as much or as little as they are able. It is how we change our society: many people doing a little bit.”
That “many hands make light work” message is one that resonates in the U.S.
The vast majority of American Scouters gladly give much more than the “hour a week” they were promised, but it’s important to remind the fence-sitters you know that attending just two or three events a year is a step in the right direction.
Scout units are flexible, and they’d rather see a Scouter once every two months than not at all.
Plus, if a royal duchess can do it, surely a busy adult you know can find an opportunity to make a difference with a pack, troop, team, or crew.
U.K. Scouting interviewed British Scouter Heather Baker, 29, who reiterated that message.
“The demands of modern life often mean it’s harder for people to find time to volunteer,” she says. “The role I’ve just taken on is shared between four adults to make it work.”
How can you use this news to recruit Scouters in your area?
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