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December Roundtable postponed to Wednesday, Dec. 17
because of weather

Our December Roundtable will be held one week later than usual because of the winter storm on Dec. 10th. 
The location will be at the Dryden Presbyterian Church, as usual. 

Change in Location for Roundtables

Until further notice, the monthly Roundtables (including leaders' roundtables for all programs, OA meetings, and Commissioners' meeting) will be held at the Dryden Presbyterian Church, 6 North Street. That's the brick church with the fountain out front. Parking is available in the rear, through the driveway just north of the church.

Merit Badge Counselor Training
at District Roundtable - December 17th 
(postponed due to weather)
Dryden Presbyterian Church

Attention all current and future Merit Badge Counselors

The Taughannock District Advancement Committee will be offering the BSA certified Merit Badge Counselor Orientation course next Wednesday evening (Dec. 10th) at the monthly district roundtable. It will be held at the Dryden Presbyterian Church at 8:00 PM and will last about an hour. While this is not a required orientation (yet), we want to encourage all counselors to take this course, especially new counselors. This is the same course we offer at the University of Scouting and we will be offering it at the district roundtable a couple of times a year. This orientation covers such topics as the role of the Merit Badge program, Counselor qualifications and approval process, Merit Badge requirements and the counseling process, group instruction and more.

I hope to see you next Wednesday evening at 8:00!


Timothy Nord, Chair
Taughannock District Advancement Committee National Advancement Advisory Panel Philmont Training Center Ambassador Baden-Powell Council, BSA

Fundraising for Eagle Projects

The Council has issued a fundraising policy for Eagle Scout Projects. See the Advancement Page for a copy of the policy. 

"A Manual for Life"

Edward O. Wilson, professor emeritus at Harvard, had a book review in the New York Times on November 9, 2014, reviewing the Boy Scout Handbook. 

Coming to this metamorphosis brings me to the second book I read in high school, the book I devoured: the 1942 edition of “Handbook for Boys,” the official guide of the Boy Scouts of America. To this classic of literature (thus defined if literature is understood as writing that stirs the soul and a classic as a work that contributes to the growth of a civilization), I give credit for my secondary education.

There's much more - read the whole review on the NY Times website.

New Distinguished Unit Status Requirements

The Baden-Powell Council has announced a few changes to the Distinguished Unit Status Requirements for 2015. See the Camping page for details.

Masonic Scouting Awards

The Masons have two awards available for Scouts and Scouters. 

The General Douglas MacArthur Youth Award recognizes distinguished or outstanding voluntary community service by non-Masonic orgaiznations or individuals. It is given to "those who have given of themselves, that ultimate goal in life, serving our youth."  Download a nomination form here (PDF).

The Eagle Scout Award "recognizes the dedication of a Scout to the pursuits of Scouting and of his achievement leading to Eagle Scout. The recipient will get a special personalized commendation certificate and letter from the Grand Master, along with a medallion. Download a nomination form here (PDF). 

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

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

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!

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/Home/Marketing/Recruiting_Build.aspx
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA recruiting theme.
For the 2014 "Badge of Honor" materials, use  http://www.scouting.org/badgeofhonor.aspx

BALOO Training for Cub Leaders and Adults
December 6, 2014

See the Training Page for information and a flyer

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

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

  • 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:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! 
      • 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

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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