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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.
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
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
Scout and School Program Coordinator
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
The Oregon Trail
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
Camping is encouraged! Deadline to register is
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
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
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
Saturday: the 21st:
- 8:00 am - Check-in for units who did not check in Friday
- 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
- 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
- Each patrol will need the following equipment to compete
- at least 3 scout staffs or sticks of equivalent length -
- 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
- 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
information above, as was handed out at January Roundtable (PDF).
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!
WHY YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT
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
and International Opportunities
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