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The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Scouting is inclusive - see our Membership Policy page for a summary of the BSA's current membership policies.
The BSA has a range of Scouting programs for you and your son or daughter. We have a web page for each program - use the links below, or click on one of the blue buttons at the left to go to these pages:
The Baden-Powell Council provides Scouting to a six-county area - Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins County in central New York and Susquehanna County in northern Pennsylvania. The Taughannock District covers Cortland and Tompkins Counties, serving over 1,000 youth members in fifty Scout units - Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Venture Crews and Explorer Posts. You can find all of the Scouting units in our district on our Google Map.
Younger girls, from kindergarten to fourth grade, will be able to join Cub Scouts starting in June 2018. While the Cub Scout program will be open after that date to both boys and girls, each den within a pack which chooses to accept both boys and girls will be single-gender. Sponsors may also choose to keep their pack as a boys-only pack, and/or may choose to sponsor a new girls-only pack. After June 1, the list of packs below will annotated to indicate which packs will have dens for which genders.
Also, starting on February 1, 2019, girls between 11-17 years of age will be eligible to join Scouts BSA - for more information, see that page. While the Scouts BSA program will be open to both boys and girls after that point, each troop will be single-gender. The details have not yet been fullly announced, but it is expected that sponsors who currently sponsor Scout troops for boys will, after February 1, 2019, also sponsor troops for girls. The two affiliated troops may share a single troop committee, and may meet at the same time and place and plan joint activities, but each troop must have its own Scoutmaster (that is, one person cannot be Scoutmaster of both troops). In all likelihood, affiliated boy and girl troops will use the same troop number for everyday use, although for paperwork purposes the new girls-only troop will probably have a prefix in the computer - so, for example, if the sponsor of current Troop 46 forms an affiliate girls-only troop, it might be "Troop 6046" in the computer, but all of the girls and boys and leaders would wear "46" on their sleeves.
The older-youth BSA programs, Venturing and Exploring, have been co-ed for many years, and remain open to both boys and girls from 14-20.
As the guidelines are developed by BSA National over time, they will be announced on the Family Scouting page on National's website, and important information will be posted to the district announcements page.
The pages on our District website have been arranged so that they are organized in the same way as the District itself. You can use the list below, or click on one of the buttons on the left and at the top of each page, to go directly to a specific page. If you want to find something and aren't sure what page it's on, look at our Site Map index.
General Pages: The District Committee and District Key Three oversee the Scouting program in the District in a general way, so we start with a collection of pages which are of general applicability to all members and volunteers. These pages can be reached using the red buttons on the left of each page.
Announcements, announcements, announcements! You can find all of the latest news here, with links to the pages with the full details.
District Calendar - Our District plans its Scouting activities on an eighteen-month basis, so that we will always have at least a year's advance notice of upcoming events. Our calendar also includes listings for Council and National events which might be of interest to District volunteers.
Specific Pages: Taughannock District works through its volunteer-run committees. If you need information on a specific topic, these pages, which can be reached through the links below or the yellow buttons on the left of each page, are organized in the same way as the District itself:
Off-Site Links: Taughannock District is one of four districts in the Baden-Powell Council, a part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which in turn is part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Use the links below, or the green buttons on the left of each page, for direct links to other Scouting sites:
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