Baden-Powell Council, BSA
District Program Kickoff
For more pictures from the 2016 District Awards Social, see the Scrapbook Page!
See the 2016 Fly-o-Ree page for the whole story and more pictures!
See the Training Page for details
From BSA National: 03/02/2016
Connecting volunteers to the learning content they need when they need it is the purpose of the new BSA LearnCenter. New Venturing content has been added to the learn center consisting of 14 e-learning modules. It provides training on key topics such as selecting youth officers, building a crew budget and annual program planning, making it possible for Venturing leaders to complete position specific training online.
Position specific training is delivered in three parts, or learning plans. Each learning plan is designed for the specific position and is recommended to be taken before the first meeting, within the first 30 days, and within 90 days. The training program is self-paced, allowing volunteers to complete their training at their own pace.
Training is found on My.Scouting.Org under Home, My Dashboard, My Training, or, click the Position Specific Training image on the right side of the home page.
Nathaniel - Pack 102, Virgil
Brennen - Pack 102, Virgil
Caleb - Pack 102, Virgil
Owen - Pack 43, Apalachin
Nico - Pack 4, Ithaca
Finn - Pack 38, Owego
Download a Congratulations Flyer here (PDF)
Recently, Ithaca Sea Scout Ship 25 traveled to Florida's BSA SeaBase for their Live Aboard Scuba program. The unit lived on a 73' schooner and enjoyed scuba diving on several reefs in the Florida Keys, as well as an unplanned excursion to Key West. The trip was such a success that they are planning another trip for December 2017!
Ship's crew upon arrival at SeaBase
The SCUBA group at the bottom of Sombrero Reef.
The Baden-Powell Council has begun sending out a
bi-weekly e-newsletter called The Link.
If you did not receive a copy recently, then you should sign up through the Council to get on the mailing list!
Since 1916, Troop 4 has been serving the Ithaca
community. As a part of their centennial celebration this year, the
Scouts of Troop 4 have committed to
complete 100 hours of service to their community. That’s 100 hours each!
Further, Troop 4 is challenging the rest of the
Taughannock District to join them in making a real difference in our
communities during their centennial year.
If every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, Venturer, and Scout leader in our district (not to mention every Commissioner and District person) joins Troop 4 (there are more than 700 of us, as of December 31st) , we can do thousands of acts of service this year. If only 500 of us did just 200 good turns each this year (roughly one every other day), that would be (hmmm, let me see… 500 x 200 = 100,000) ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND GOOD TURNS!
If every Scout did a good turn every day (hmmm… Do a Good Turn Daily - what a good idea!), then we’d blow that number away.
So, how do you go about participating? It’s easy. Do at least one good turn daily. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 seconds or 10 hours, they all count! In fact, if you’re doing a service project, you can count each hour as a separate good turn. Keep track of how many good turns you and your Scouts do.
Report your totals each month! It's easy - you can report them:
Write it down at Roundtable - we'll have a check-off sheet by unit, just enter the total number for your unit since the last time you reported.
By email to GoodTurn@TCScouts.org
On our Track It Forward Good Turn website - just set up an account. After that you just enter a number, pull-down a menu for your unit, and you're done! Anyone can set up an account - we recommend one per unit, but if one of your Scouts or Venturers wants his or her own, go for it!
If you're entering a service project by your unit into the National Service Project tracking system, no need to do anything else - you're done! We'll get those numbers and count one Good Turn per person-hour.
Watch the total climb until we meet the challenge!
Here’s the fine print: Stay tuned for further developments. We’re working on recognition for everyone who participates. We’re working on a list of what qualifies as a good turn, in case there’s a question. While we work on these things, we’re asking you and your Scouts (that means all of us, from our newest Tigers to senior citizen Scouts) to do a good turn daily, and to report a number of good turns that you do. Scout parents, too. Everyone can help!
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
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 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
The 2016 Silver Buffalo Award class includes 13 Scouting volunteers whose contributions to our movement on a national level are deserving of the highest recognition the Boy Scouts of America can give to adults.
These 12 men and one woman join the prestigious list of Scouters who have received this award since 1926.
The list includes massive names in Scouting (Robert Baden-Powell, “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt), Hollywood (Walt Disney, Jimmy Stewart), sports (Yogi Berra, Archie Manning) and politics (Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson).
And it also includes Scouters whose names you don’t know but whose impact you can see and feel.
The men and women who wear the Silver Buffalo pendant suspended from a red-and-white ribbon have diverse backgrounds but are united by their commitment to the Scouting movement.
As a Scouting volunteer for three decades, Mark Kriebel has lived out his belief that a single individual can change the life of a youth forever. In fact, he has changed the lives of thousands of youth, most of whom will never know his name.
Kriebel’s most visible service has involved jamborees. He has been a national jamboree subcamp, base camp and regional chief and twice served as a world jamboree regional chairman. In preparing for the first world jamboree after the 9/11 attacks, he worked tirelessly to assure parents that their children would be safe halfway around the world.
As the inaugural chairman of the BSA’s New Unit and Retention Committee, Kriebel oversaw development of the Unit Performance Guide, which unit-serving professionals across the country use to extend and strengthen the Scouting program.
Kriebel has also served as a regional vice president, area president and vice president, and council president and vice president. He has taught at the Philmont Training Center seven times and has served on countless camp visitation teams.
A lifelong Rotarian, Kriebel has spoken to clubs on six continents about how service to youth is critical to Rotary’s success. He is the incoming president of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, which promotes cooperation between Rotary and Scouting.
A Distinguished Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow Vigil member, Kriebel has received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He is a James E. West Fellow.
Kriebel is the president of Arranged Sound Inc. He holds a bachelor degree in communications from Ithaca College.
Kriebel and his wife, Pat, have two children (including one Eagle Scout) and two grandchildren.
See the Baden-Powell Council website
At the Annual Meeting in May, the Boy Scouts of America announced that new a National President and National Commissioner would be taking office.
December 28, 2015 - The Council Merit Badge Counselor list on the Advancement Page was updated
January 9, 2016
"Where to Go Camping/Hiking/Backpacking" resources added to the Forms and Resources page
Information on Winter Camporee and Fly-o-Ree updated on Activities page
2016 Friends of Scouting patches added to Council Patch History page.
District Pinewood Derby flyer added to Activities page
Announcement of The Link - the council's new e-newsletter - listed above, and also on Resources page
March 23: Note on updated requirements for Cooking Merit Badge
April 17: Added pictures from Awards Social to Scrapbook
May 22: Added photos from Fly-o-Ree
June 2: Added information on new Field Director, Silver Buffalo Mark Kreibel, Field Director Frankie Sears, link to online renewal for Merit Badge Counselors; also added Dave Gross' photos from Fly-o-Ree
June 16: Added photos from Ship 25's NYGARD Regatta
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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