Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA
"Help Wanted"





















Your district needs your help!

Are you looking to do something for Scouting in Tompkins and Cortland County? Have you retired from a Pack, Troop, Ship or Crew, and you'd like a new challenge? 

Taughannock District is open to volunteers from anywhere in the Tompkins and Cortland County area. We believe Scouting is an important community activity and we welcome anyone who is willing to help our youth members live up to Scouting's ideals by registering as a volunteer. 

Here are some of the opportunities at the Taughannock District:


Advancement Committee Member

  • Adults who look forward to having meaningful conversations with teenagers
  • Position involves both helping scouts by reviewing and approving major service projects (generally projects are connected with senior scouting ranks) 
  • Talking with scouts about their scouting experiences in a "board of review"
  • Previous scouting experience is beneficial, but not required
  • Ability to deliver constructive criticism to young people without being negative is a "must"
  • Willingness to learn more about the ever-improving scouting advancement program and to teach others about it

Download a job description in PDF format.

To volunteer for this position, contact the District Chair, Liam Murphy, at chair@tcscouts.org or the District Advancement Chair, Michelle Lake, at advancement@tcscouts.org 


CAPS (Camping, Activities, Program and Service)
Committee Members

  • Open to members from every unit (pack/troop/crew/post/ship), including youth members. Each unit is strongly encouraged to designate a member
  • Open also to interested community members
  • Help promote longer term camping experiences by all units (including summer camps)
  • Help germinate ideas for and plan district-wide activities - Camporees, Cub Scout events, etc.
  • Discuss and bring program ideas back to their "home" unit from other units in the District
  • Help plan and coordinate participation in district-wide service projects and/or Eagle Scout or Quartermaster projects
  • Be available to attend CAPS meetings in person (around 2-3 per year) or by telephone (around 4-5 per year)

Download a job description in PDF format.

To volunteer for this position, contact the District Chair, Liam Murphy, at chair@tcscouts.org or the District CAPS Committee Chair, Kathlene Gross, at kegross@frontiernet.net 


Community Friends of Scouting Coordinator

  • Position is good for a young, motivated banking, finance, public relations or fund-raising professional 

  • Works with the District Executive to identify and approach potential corporate donors to the Scouting program 

  • Ensures District meets its annual Community FOS goal by working with the District Finance Chair to make targeted donation requests

  • Attends meetings of the District Finance committee (either in person or by phone) 

  • May consist of two persons - one in Cortland County and one in Tompkins County 

  • Responds as needed to council-level Community FOS coordinators

Download a job description in PDF format.

To volunteer for this position, contact the District Chair, Liam Murphy, at chair@tcscouts.org or District Finance Chair, Marc Stammer, at StammerM@corning.com 


Family Friends of Scouting Coordinator

  • Position is good for a young, motivated banking, finance, public relations or fund-raising professional
  • Works with the District Executive to make sure presentations are done at all District Units soliciting families to give to Family FOS
  • Attends meetings of the District Finance committee (either in person or by phone)
  • Responds as needed to council-level Family FOS coordinators

Download a job description in PDF format.

To volunteer for this position, contact the District Chair, Liam Murphy, at chair@tcscouts.org 


Finance Committee Member

  • Appropriate for anyone with experience in fund-raising efforts

  • Helps the Finance Chair prepare the simple District budget

  • Participates in providing appropriate guidance to the Family FOS, Community FOS and Popcorn sales coordinators

  • Identifies potential new donors to scouting

Download a job description in PDF format.

To volunteer for this position, contact the District Chair, Liam Murphy, at chair@tcscouts.org or District Finance Chair, Marc Stammer, at StammerM@corning.com 


Membership / Publicity Committee Member

  • Open to members from every unit, including older youth members. Each Unit is strongly encouraged to designate a member

  • Open to interested community members

  • Help promote recruiting activities by all units.

  • Share recruiting ideas that work across units to cross-pollinate

  • Help units concentrated in particular areas coordinate their recruiting efforts

  • Solicit information from units on their activities 

  • Publicize District activities

  • Maintain our social media presence

  • Help individual units get information on their work publicized

  • Be available to attend membership/publicity committee meetings in person (around 2-3 per year) or by telephone (around 4-5 per year)

Download a job description in PDF format.

To volunteer for this position, contact the District Chair, Liam Murphy, at chair@tcscouts.org 


Taughannock 2020 Program Coordinator

  • Requires background in communications, advertising, media production or a similar field

  • Able to help develop and sustain a coherent marketing campaign across multiple platforms (video, email, print media, social media)

  • Requires at least 3 plus years in the area and in Scouting

  • Able to commit to at least 2 years in the position (if not all three)

  • Has experience in coordinating multiple people on projects in different stages

  • Responsible for organizing a public relations campaign around the Taughannock 2020 vision and accepting ownership/stewardship of that effort

Download a job description in PDF format.

To volunteer for this position, contact the District Chair, Liam Murphy, at chair@tcscouts.org or District Finance Chair, Marc Stammer, at StammerM@corning.com 


Taughannock 2020 - Media Assistant

  • We prefer people who have a background in communications, advertising, media production or a similar field

  • Willing to help produce videos, photos and other media as part of a coherent marketing campaign across multiple platforms (video, email, print media, social media)

  • Interested in finding different approaches to topics to engage both adults and potential members

  • Able to commit to at least 3 months at a time

  • Has experience in working with multiple people on projects in different stages

  • Responsible for organizing a public relations campaign around the Taughannock 2020 vision and accepting ownership/stewardship of that effort

Download a job description in PDF format.

To volunteer for this position, contact the District Chair, Liam Murphy, at chair@tcscouts.org or District Finance Chair, Marc Stammer, at StammerM@corning.com 


Taughannock 2020 - Theme/Quarterly Coordinator

  • Able to help develop and sustain a coherent marketing campaign on a point of the Scout Law

  • Willing to use good communication skills to encourage each pack/troop/crew/ship to engage in some activity around the theme and to help them promote that activity

  • Willing to be deeply engaged with the T2020 Program Coordinator for at least 1 quarter cycle

Download a job description in PDF format.

To volunteer for this position, contact the District Chair, Liam Murphy, at chair@tcscouts.org or District Finance Chair, Marc Stammer, at StammerM@corning.com 


Unit Commissioner

Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Sea Scout Ships, Explorer Posts and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Unit commissioners will focus on the following four primary areas:

  • Supporting unit growth through the Journey to Excellence.
  • Contacting assigned units at least once a month, and logging the contacts on Commissioner Tools
  • Linking unit needs to district operating committee resources.
  • Supporting timely charter renewal.

For more information see the National Website Commissioner Page

If you'd like to be a Unit Commissioner, contact District Commissioner Mike Brown at DC@TCScouts.org 

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