Baden-Powell Council, BSA
Congratulations to Doug Blakely
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!
Take a look at our new website - badenpowellcouncildutytogod.org !
It provides information on:
- Eileen Horan Heileeno@aol.com
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!
More pictures from one of their recent meetings on our Scrapbook page
What: 11 days backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron NM. We will choose the specific trek route/itinerary in late February. Our trek will likely to be 70-80 miles of backpacking and will include a great range of program activities (rock climbing, shooting, mine tours, railroading, etc.) that Philmont is known for. We will also do about 3 days of pre-Philmont activities somewhere in the southwest, likely to include things like rafting, zip lining, sightseeing, etc.
When: The trek itself is July 22-Aug 3. The entire trip will span July 19 to August 4, 2016. We will fly to and from Denver and rent vans for pre-Philmont activities and travel to Cimarron.
Cost: Likely in the $2,200 per person range (all inclusive)
Requirements/obligations: Be at least Star rank and have camping and hiking merit badges or earn them by the time of departure (Troop 4 requirements). Minimum age is 14 years (Philmont requirement). For Philmont purposes, a "youth" can be up to 21 years old. Potential youth participants should be experienced in backpacking, and would optimally have their own gear (we do have some loaner equipment if necessary). Some additional purchases may be necessary, and would be in addition to the cost listed above. A Philmont trek is physically and mentally demanding and is not recommended for novice or inexperienced youth.
What next? Please contact Bill Miller (Troop 4) for additional information, if you have further questions, etc. Email email@example.com or phone 607-227-2780.
Download a flyer here (PDF)
Big changes are now in effect for Boy Scout
See the Advancement Page for details.
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
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!
More information on the Activities Page
Venture Crews: See the note on the Activity Page
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
See the Baden-Powell Council website
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
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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