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All publicity for Taughannock District activities should include a “rating label” indicating for which program(s) the activity is age-appropriate. For more information, and downloadable graphics for use in publicity, see our Scout Activity Ratings page.

Cross-Program Activities

Cub Scout Activities

See the Camping Page for Cub Day Camp, Cub Resident Camp and Cub Adventure Weekends (including "Boo at Barton")

Bi-Monthly Activities at
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier
60 Morgan Road, Binghamton

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is a hands on children's museum. They offer workshops and an overnight snooze experience for cub scouts every other month. The next activity is on December 16th. 

Next Workshop and Overnight December 16, 2017

Tigers: Good Knights Workshop 10:00am - 11:00am (Adventure loop included) Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Scouts will make or update their den's code of conduct. Create shields and build "green" castles! Design and participate in a Tiger knight obstacle course. $10/ scout, includes museum admission.

Wolves: Adventures in Coins Workshop 1:00pm - 2:30pm (Adventure Loop included) Become a coin expert and take part in coin identification, games, art, science, and math! Wow your friends with all your coin knowledge! $10/ scout, includes museum admission.

Bears: Forensics Workshop 3:30pm - 5:00pm (Adventure Loop included) Did you know animals are sometimes used to gather evidence? Analyze your fingerprints! Learn about chromatography! Investigate! Meet an expert in the field and discover what forensic career you like! Learn all this and more while earning your forensics loop! $10/ scout, includes museum admission.

CSI Snooze December 16th 6:00pm - December 17th 8:30am Bring your thinking caps and help solve the case. After dinner, take part in a mock crime scene investigation! Collect evidence, analyze fingerprints, and more! Then enjoy plenty of museum play and cozy up in your favorite exhibit for the night. Earn the "Enable" DC fun badge. $35/ scout (fees include badge, dinner, breakfast, and workshop) Pack leaders are always free! $8/ additional adult .

**Please register by Dec. 14th at: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/DiscoveryCenteroftheSouthernTier#/selectSessions/1761302

Happy Scouting,
Krystal Jones 
Scout and School Program Coordinator 
e-mail: kjones@thediscoverycenter.org 
T: 607.773.8661 ext 205, F:607.773.8019

Pinewood Derby Rules

The Taughannock District has established the following rules for District-level Pinewood Derbies. Packs should consider adopting the same rules, so that Cubs can be confident that their cars will be able to compete equally at the Pack and District levels.

Cub Weekends, Day Camps and Resident Camp

For information on Cub Day Camps, Cub Resident Camp and Cub Adventure Weekends - see the Camping page and Council Cub Camping Page for information

Boy Scout Activities

The Oregon Trail 
Klonduck Winter Camporee
Camp Barton
January 26-28, 2018

The Taughannock District's Scouts will be on the Oregon Trail for our Winter Camporee, competing for the coveted Klonduck Trophy. Last year's winners, Troop 55 have organized a great event for the district. 

Camping is encouraged! Deadline to register is January 12 

All Troops, Crews and Ships are invited to the District's Winter Camporee - the "Klonduck" at Camp Barton from Friday January 26 to 28, 2018. This year, we're featuring competitive Wintertime events focused on basic scouting skills and emergency preparedness. Come compete to earn the cherished 'Klonduck' trophy. Enjoy the outdoors and partake in the Winter events; or step inside and explore the activity stations. 

We all know that wintertime in central New York can bring conditions including no snow, too much snow, slush, a heat wave, or bitterly cold temperatures. The bottom line is that we plan to have activities for you to enjoy no matter what the conditions outside. 

While we have "RSVPs," please formally signup by Friday January 12! 

Where do we sign up? Registration for the 2018 Klonduck is through the District, while reservations for Camping at Camp Barton should be done through the Council, see below). Registration can be made by emailing the CAPS committee at Camping@TCScouts.org. When registering, please indicate how many youth and how many adult leaders will be attending. A non-refundable deposit of $25 per unit is required with each unit's registration; and it must be made by Friday January 12 via cash or check payable to Baden-Powell Council. Final Payment should be made when checking into camp. No credit card payments will be accepted. 

Who do I contact for camping? To camp at Barton, please call the Baden-Powell Council Scout Office - Toll Free at (877)674-8876. Units are encouraged to camp Friday night the 26th and/or Saturday night the 27th. You need to call the Council office to reserve a tent site or a cabin or the lean-to site; and you will need to fill out a Year Round Fee and Usage Agreement which you can download at: http://tinyurl.com/cp2ky6u . Please understand that space is limited and units should contact the Council office as soon as possible to reserve their cabin or tent use approval for this event. Some troops have also camped at Girl Scout's Bailiwick Cabin or elsewhere. You can choose to come for the day only - the cost remains the same. 

What's it cost? The Camporee price is $7 per person if deposit is paid by January 12th and includes a Friday night Cracker Barrel, a patch and use of camp including fuel to heat the dining hall Saturday during the activities. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO YOUR UNIT'S OWN CHARGES FOR THE CAMPOUT! The fee increases to $8/peson for reservations made after January 12th. 

How will the competition be structured? Each station will be scored on 10 points - 4 of the points at every station will be focused on scout spirit and teamwork, the remaining 6 points will be based on the station criteria. Every station staffer will be given a basic guide to scoring. Each station will be encouraged to identify patrols showing the best scout spirit and teamwork for special recognition. Some stations (like firebuilding) will have an additional award to present based on overall performance. 

When will things happen? Check-in Friday night at 8pm during the Cracker Barrel in the Dining Hall, if your unit is staying overnight. Scoutmasters, Senior Patrol Leaders, Crew Advisors, and Crew Presidents should attend. Other unit members are encouraged to be setting up camp and getting a good night's rest for Saturday's activities. 

Saturday: the 21st: 

  • 8:00 am - Check-in for units who did not check in Friday night. 
  • 8:30 am SHARP - Opening Ceremony 
  • 9:00 am - Stations will start promptly and run until noon. There will be one "overall" station which will involve mapping the route each patrol chooses to take between stations. Points will also be awarded for getting to know other patrols through the "swap" process. We encourage each unit to send one (and only one) adult with each patrol - all other adults will be asked to help staff stations. 
  • 12:00 noon - Lunch - lunch is not included … units must provide their own lunch and are strongly encouraged to participate in the "Silver Spoon" competition (see the station instructions for details). Please plan on lunch being outdoors (although we will open the dining hall if the temperature requires it). We strongly recommend HOT lunches which you can prepare in 30 minutes or less … 
  • 1:00 pm - Stations will re-open 
  • 4:00 pm - Stations will close - patrols are to move to the Mess Hall to hand in score sheets and participate in the Great Oregon Trail Race. The race course will run down to South Frontenac Road and back along the waterfront to the Mess Hall. Units will be racing the clock and not each other. The start times will be at least 1 minute apart and the "clock" will end when all the patrol members are across the finish line AND give a patrol yell.
  • 5:00 pm - End of the Race, Closing Ceremony, winners announced and patrols released for dinner 

Check-out: Sunday morning by 9am. 

What should we bring? 

  • Remember to bring health forms for everyone attending (parts A and B only since this is less than 72 hours). 
  • Each Scout should have appropriate clothing and sleeping gear for the weather conditions, as well as personal stuff (mess kit, utensils). For daytime use, we suggest a basic backpack with back-ups and survival kits (things like extra socks, gloves, handwarmers etc). PLEASE REMIND SCOUTS TO DRINK WATER! They can get just as dehydrated in the winter as the summer!
  • Each unit should have its own cooking utensils and supplies for Saturday's breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast. Water will be available at the Ranger's house, but it would be best to bring a jug or two from home. 
  • Each patrol should have a sled or other means of moving needed equipment from station to station. Bear in mind that for the Great Oregon Trail Race you will *not* be able to take equipment off your sled. 
  • Each patrol will need the following equipment to compete effectively: 
    • at least 3 scout staffs or sticks of equivalent length - see https://voiceofscouting.org/why-carry-a-scout-stave-walking-stick 
    • compass 
    • first aid kit 
    • fire-starting/fire-building materials 
    • writing utensils that will work in all-weather (maybe pencils work better in the cold?) 
    • small ruler (~1 foot)
    • something to write on and draw on (clipboard?)
    • food for lunch 
    • equipment to provide a hot lunch to scouts in under 1 hour 
    • items to cook your potato for the "silver spoon" competition, including any spices and cooking utensils needed
    • at least 10 meters worth of 1/4" rope or parachute cord
    • a cup big enough to hold a tennis ball
    • Scout Handbook (at least one) - you may also want a basic reference like the Field Book, or the Wilderness Survival merit badge pamphlet or the like. 
    • at least 15 small objects you can "swap" with other patrols to introduce yourselves - should take about $1-2 a piece - could be small items from a printer, pipecleaner animals, neckerchief slide, etc. 

For more information or to offer your help with activities contact Camping@tcscouts.org

Download the information above, as was handed out at January Roundtable (PDF). 
Download the station writeups and instructions (PDF)

Venturing / Exploring Activities

VenturingFest at Summit Bechtel - July 1-6, 2018

VenturingFest 2018, the second national gathering of Venturers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve – a Scouting experience unlike any other before – is coming your way again from July 1 to July 6! 


VenturingFest 2018 is a special Scouting event at Summit Bechtel Reservation (SBR) that’s open to registered Venturers, Scouts and adult leaders across the U.S. This six-day high-adventure festival invites participants to explore the best the SBR has to offer. We’re talking rock climbing, skateboarding, BMX biking, water sports, shooting sports, zip lines, challenge courses, and so much more!

As if the adrenaline-pumping activities weren’t enough, festival goers will also get to jam out to concerts and meet new friends in Venturing at the event. What more could a Venturer want?

For details, see the National Page for VenturingFest

National and International Opportunities

International Events Coming up


  • July 9-August 3 Blair Atholl International Scottish Patrol Jamborette, Blair Atholl, Scotland - B-P Council will be sending a contingent of twelve Scouts. See our BPBlairAtholl.org website for details!

  • July 27–Aug. 5 III Interamerican Scout Moot, Chocco, Cusco - Peru

  • Oct. 19–21 Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet

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