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You are cordially invited toattend the Taughannock District Scouting Award Dessert Social. This year’s event will be held at the Dryden Fire Hall on April 6, 2014, from 2-4 PM. The District will provide dessert.
The District Award Social is our opportunity to recognize the adult volunteers from throughout the district, like yourself, for the significant efforts they have contributed to the scouting programs during the 2013-2014 year. Highlights of the event will include celebrating their accomplishments and the presentation of adult leader recognitions.
Our goal is to recognize someone from every unit. We encourage you to utilize the Spark Plug Award and the other district awards as one way to accomplish this. You can download an invitation letter and nomination form here (PDF) - use the form to nominate those special folks from your unit for District Awards. Also, check out the many training and other award "knots" - maybe you, or someone in your unit, are eligible for one. You can find more information on the District Advancement and Recognition page. All Training Award and Veteran Service Award applications need to be submitted to Kathlene Gross no later than March 15, in order to be processed and available for presentation at the picnic. All other award nominations should be submitted no later than March 26, 2014.
Please be sure to share this letter with all of your Unit Scout Families and Leaders.... Please, make no exceptions! Even if you can’t come, someone from your unit may have earned recognition and we’d like them to come.
Please try to be sure that anyone nominated for a sparkplug or who is getting an award is able to attend.
The cost of the social will be $5 per adult, payable at time of reservation. Please make your reservation by submitting the form at the March Roundtable, or mail it to Baden Powell Council 2150 NYS Route 12, Binghamton, NY 13901 by March 20, 2014. Make checks payable to Baden-Powell Council, and note Taughannock District Scouting Award Social in the Memo line.
Questions may be directed to Kathlene Gross (844-4237) or Catherine Collins (877-674-8876), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
For details see the Training Page
For more pictures and the whole story, see our Scrapbook page!
For details and more pictures, see the Scrapbook Page!
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.
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.
All leaders, parents, committee members, Den Chiefs,
older Scouts (14+), Venturers and Explorers should be interested in this
super one-day training session.
See the Training page for information and a downloadable course catalog.
Just an important reminder!! Please see the following policy from the Guide to Safe Scouting:
"APPROPRIATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ACTIVITIES. THIS INCLUDES THE RECOMMENDED USE OF HELMETS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS ENGAGED IN WINTER SPORTS SUCH AS SLEDDING AND OTHER SLIDING DEVICES. THE USE OF HELMETS IS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES: DOWNHILL SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, AND OPERATION OF SNOWMOBILES (FULL-FACE HELMETS)."
Any person planning on sledding at Camp Barton or Tuscarora must wear a helmet or they will not be allowed to sled.
Taughannock District Executive
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 email@example.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.
Lowes Project Follow-up Volunteer
Hiawatha District Committee member
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
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
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
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.
See the Advancement page
The requirements were slightly changed, but the merit
badge patch remains the same.
For details see Bryan on Scouting Blog at Scouting Magazine.
In July, 2013, National HQ published the 2013 Guide to Advancement. The Guide to Advancement replaces the publication Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures and is the official Boy Scouts of America source on advancement procedures at all levels - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing.
For more details, see the Advancement Page
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, 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
Game Design - released March 6, 2013
Sustainability - released July 15, 2013
Programming - released July 15, 2013
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 Activity Page for details
See Activity Page for Details
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 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
:Any registered member of the Boy Scouts of America in any council and their family. Especially welcome are any family members who may have served in World War II. There is no wait list; everyone who would like to come will be welcomed. We are also welcoming Scouts and their families from any country. We look forward to the participation of French, British, German, Polish, Canadian Scouts. We also would like to welcome our Scouts and families participating in the United States Girl Scouts Overseas-North Atlantic If you are involved in Scouting in any country and wish to participate you are welcome!
Our theme is Messengers of Peace, and we are gathering as many youth and leaders to share a message of peace, looking to the future while remembering those who sacrificed so much so we can stand together today as friends.
Our service project for this weekend has already begun. 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
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).
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