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Looking for Information on BSA's Membership Policy? See our  Membership Policy page.
Are you a member of the District Facebook Group? You should be!

Troop 48 held a Cook-Off at Camp Comstock on November 21st

See the District Scrapbook for more pictures!

The Ten Commandments Hike is Coming!
November 27th - Endicott

See the Activities Page for details.

Welcome to Taughannock District's New District Executive!
Joshua Walker

Joshua Walker has joined the Baden-Powell Council staff as the District Executive for the Taughannock District. Joshua is an Eagle Scout from Minsi Trails Council.  He has a master’s in management and leadership in public administration, from East Stroudsburg University.

He can be reached by e-mail at DE@TCScouts.org


"Boo at Barton: Monster Mash!" - October 3-4, 2015

Our Cubs had a great time at Boo at Barton again this year!
Click here to see more photos!

International Opportunity for Baden-Powell Council Scouts and Venturers
JamCam - Guayaquil Ecuador - December 2016

Nine B-P Council Scouts will have a chance to spend a week at an InterAmerican Jamboree in Ecuador - your Scout should be one of them!
See our Activities Page for details

2015 Cub Day Camp at Camp Barton

What more can we say? Not much, other than that there are more pictures on our Scrapbook Page



Area 381, Somewhere in Upstate New York
August 16, 2015

The National Scientific Investigations Institute is pleased and proud to announce that at 6:00 PM on August 15, 2015, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING happened. 

If you don't understand this message, then you missed the 2015 Cub Scout Resident Camp at Camp Barton. It's OK, you can see lots of pictures and read all about it here. And if you want to find out what happens next, be sure to sign up for the 2016 Cub Scout Resident Camp! Watch the Camping page on this site for details. 

Update on Venturing and Sea Scouting Membership

Effective on March 1, 2015, Venturers and Sea Scouts aged 18-20 are to be considered "adult participants" rather than "youth". This brings the adult/youth age line in Venturing and Sea Scouts into line with Boy Scouts. That should eliminate those strange situations where a given 20-year old member was "youth" when he was with his Venture Crew, so one day he could tent with his 17-year old Venturer friend but not with a 22-year-old Crew Advisor - but if the same three people were also in a Scout troop and went camping the next day, the 20-year-old "adult" ASM could not camp with the 17-year old Scout, but must camp with the 22-year old ASM.  

New Venturers in the 18-20 year old age range should be registered on Adult registration forms, not Youth forms as in the past. Existing Venturers/Sea Scouts who turn 18 should now be re-registered as Adult Participants - use an Adult registration form, with the position code marked as "Venturer" or "Sea Scout".

This chart should help explain matters - reposted from the Utah National Parks Council - "thanks!"

For the Utah National Parks Council blog entry on all of the 2015 changes to Venturing, see:

See our Membership page for information on Scouting's membership policies

Update on Adult Leadership Standards

During the 2015 Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting in May, Dr. Gates encouraged the Scouting family to reflect on the challenges, primarily regarding adult leadership standards, facing the BSA and potential alternatives for addressing them.

As a result of the rapid changes in society and increasing legal challenges at the federal, state, and local levels, on Friday, July 10, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee adopted a resolution amending the adult leadership standards policy. The resolution was unanimously adopted by those present and voting.

This resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders. The National Executive Board met and ratified this resolution on Monday, July 27.

This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change would also respect the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own. The 2013 youth membership policy will not be affected and remains unchanged.

Scouting will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth to help them grow into good, strong citizens. By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.


See our Membership page for information on Scouting's membership policies

New Boy Scout Advancement Requirements 
Announced for 2016

Big changes are coming for Boy Scout advancement. 
See the Advancement Page for details.

Change to Council Policy for Youth Protection Training
effective June 2015

**Please note** Effective immediately, the Baden-Powell Council has established stricter Youth Protection Training (YPT) 
requirements that supersede the National Policy.  

These requirements are the following:

  • NEW volunteers must submit the Youth Protection Training certificate of completion with their adult application in order to register. (The National BSA policy allows 30 days after submitting the application.)
  • Your certificate must remain current through your entire registration period...for this reason, you are encouraged to take YPT every year to ensure that it will not lapse during your registration period!  

Please keep these council requirements in mind as you proceed to the National BSA website for additional information and to take the online training.

Congratulations Jimmy Whitehead
Troop 2's newest Eagle Scout!
June 22, 2015

See the District Scrapbook for more pictures. 

Troop 55 Celebrated its 55th birthday
June 19, 2015

"Happy Birthday" to Troop 55! 
See more photos on this special page

Congratulations Liam, Aidan, Gage and Jonathan
Troop 13's latest Eagle Scouts!
June 11, 2015

Troop 13 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Camp Barton on 6/11/15 and awarded Liam Delaney, Aidan Kaplan-Wright, Gage Stepp and Jonathan VanValen Scouting's highest honor.

Read an article about the four Eagles on the Ithaca Journal website

BSA National Websites for Scouting Information and News

 Scoutingwire (not to be confused with Scout Wire) is a resource for all Scouters. The URL is http://scoutingwire.org/ and you can subscribe to regular updates. 

Scouters in Taughannock District units should consider signing up - it looks like it should be a great resource. The Winter issue of The Commissioner newsletter is one of the first articles.

You might also be interested in the blogs from BSA National:

BSA National's Recruiting Materials Website

Try http://www.scouting.org/Home/Marketing/Recruiting_Build.aspx
and http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/ 
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

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 8½x11" 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

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

Advancement and Recognition News

  • 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
    • 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 - released May, 2015

      • Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014

      • Signs, Signals and Codes - released February 26, 2015

      • Computer Aided Design - no date yet

      • Advanced Computing - no date yet

Activity and Program News

See the Activities Page or Camping Page for information on upcoming events. 

The Ten Commandments Hike is Coming!
November 27th - Endicott

See the Activities Page for details.

Onward to the Pole! Winter Survival Camporee 
Izaak Walton League, Homer
January 29-31, 2016 

The popular Winter Camporee returns as our 2016 Winter Survival Camporee. Taughannock District’s Scouts will be learning winter survival skills while following Scott and Amundsen on the Trail to the Pole. Get that sled ready, it will be a really fun ride!

Each One Teach One!
Cub Scout and Boy Scout Event
February 27th - Ithaca BOCES

Scout Merit Badge Fair (AM) / Pinewood Derby (noonish) / Cubs taught skills by Scouts (PM) - see Activities Page for details

Up, up and away at the District Fly-o-Ree 
and EAA Young Eagles Fly-for-Free Rally! 
May 20-22, 2016 - Ithaca Airport 

On International Learn to Fly Days, our district will be holding its Fly-o-ree at the Ithaca/Tompkins Airport. This will be a day full of flying fun for your troop! 

  • Earn Aviation Merit Badge 

  • Free airplane flights with the Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Young Eagles” program (weather permitting, obviously) 

  • Try the flight simulator at East Hill Flying Club. 

  • Lots of displays and interesting aircraft to look at.

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, Cortland, Lansing and Marathon

  • 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

See the Baden-Powell Council website

National and International News

Michael Surbaugh to Serve as Next Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America

Irving, Texas (May 13, 2015) — Following an extensive selection process, the Boy Scouts of America named Michael Surbaugh its next Chief Scout Executive, the organization’s top professional. Surbaugh, the BSA’s current Group Director of HR, Innovation, Exploring and Learning for Life, will provide general direction of administrative work of the BSA. He follows Wayne Brock, who will retire in October, at the conclusion of his three-year term as Chief Scout Executive.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the Boy Scouts of America’s Chief Scout Executive,” said Michael Surbaugh. “As I transition into this role, I am committed to continuing the legacy of leadership to solidify Scouting’s role in the development of America’s youth and to empower our volunteers to deliver the kind of life-changing experiences that can only be found within Scouting.”

Serving as Group Director since 2014, Surbaugh has demonstrated a record of success and achievement in fundraising, membership and program development. He has developed numerous innovative programs designed to meet the needs of employees, volunteers and youth. In each assignment, Surbaugh has also worked to extend Scouting’s reach in disadvantaged communities, Native American outreach, and those with Special Needs.

Surbaugh began his career in 1984 as a District Executive in Jacksonville, FL, and then served as a Senior District Executive and Program Director in Syracuse, NY; Director of Field Services, Director of Development, Field Director and Development Director in Minneapolis, MN; Scout Executive in Sioux Falls, SD; Scout Executive in Appleton, WI; and Scout Executive in Pittsburgh, PA.

Surbaugh is the recipient of many BSA awards including Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow, Wood Badge, and through a strong interest in the out of doors, served as Camp Director and a member of summer camp staffs for 12 years. Surbaugh graduated from Salem College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth Agency Administration.

The Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee was composed of nine members of the BSA National Executive Board and chaired by the president of the BSA, Dr. Robert M. Gates, an Eagle Scout and former secretary of defense.

“Today’s kids need Scouting more than ever, and Michael Surbaugh possesses deep institutional knowledge, operational experience, and personal fortitude to chart a path forward that combines Scouting’s long-standing values and ideas with the forward-thinking and innovative approach our organization needs to help us continue to grow,” Gates said.

In October, Surbaugh joined Gates and National Commissioner Tico Perez, the top volunteer in charge of program quality, to make up the BSA’s “Key 3.” The trio, consisting of two volunteers and one professional, make up the organization’s highest level of leadership at the national level.


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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