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Troop 48 held a Cook-Off at Camp Comstock on November 21st
See the District Scrapbook for more pictures.
"Happy Birthday" to Troop 55!
See more photos on this special page.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
See the Activities Page for details.
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!
Scout Merit Badge Fair (AM) / Pinewood Derby (noonish) / Cubs taught skills by Scouts (PM) - see Activities Page for details
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.
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, 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
See the Baden-Powell Council website
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.
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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