New BSA Youth Protection Rules effective in 2018
BSA National has rolled out a new Youth Protection
Training course, which is being called YPT2 (at least unofficially).
This new four-module online training course is to be used for all adults
in all programs, and it replaces the three program-specific courses -
Y01 (generic), Y02 (Venturing) and Y03 (Exploring). Effective immediately, all new and renewing adults
must take the new YPT2 training - the old training is no longer
available online, and the old courses should no longer be given as
in-person or DVD-based training. An in-person
version of the training has been distributed to Scout Executives. All
currently-registered adults will be required to take YPT2 before October
1st in order to remain current - in other words, they are saying
that whatever expiration date you might have on your current YPT, it
will be canceled on October 1st. You'll probably have to take YPT again before the end of
the year to meet the council's local policy anyway, so in the words of
the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, "Don't Panic". The new
training will be offered at September Roundtable. For more details, see the Training
- New requirements for adults accompanying a Scouting unit on
activities who are present for more than 72 hours: Effective for
the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Scouting
unit to a resident camp or other Scouting activity who is present 72
hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion
of a background check (CBC) and Youth Protection Training (YPT) -
even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip. The 72 hours
need not be consecutive, so an adult can't "reset" by
leaving camp for a while. (Note: this is the current statement of
the policy - it was previously announced as only applying to Scout
Troops, and the time was originally announced as applying to the
duration of the activity.)
- Effective October 1, 2018, two registered adult leaders 21
years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities,
including meetings. There must be a registered female adult
leader over 21 in every unit serving females. A registered female
ault leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving
female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age-
and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
- Tenting: Separate tenting arrangements must be provided for
male and female adults as well as for male and female youth,
although spouses may share tents. Youth sharing tents must be no
more than two years apart in age. In Cub Scouting, parents and
guardians may share a tent with their family. In all other programs,
youth and adults tent separately, even if the adults are parents of
- Reporting: All persons participating in Scouting programs
are mandated reporters of child abuse. Reports must be made to local
law enforcement and child protective services. As part of its
"Scouts First" approach to the protection and safety of
youth, the BSA has established a dedicated 24-hour helpline to
receive reports of known or suspected abuse or behavior that might
put a youth at risk. The number is 1-844-SCOUTS1 (1-844-726-8871).
Online reporting is also available at http://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/incident-report/
When to use it: Anytime you believe a youth has been harmed or their
safety and wellbeing is at risk, and you cannot immediately reach
your Scout executive or local council. If a Scout is bullied because
of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or
disability, and local help is unable to resolve the problem. If
someone is at immediate risk of harm, always call 911.
- As of April 2018, all direct-contact leaders must take
Hazardous Weather Training (course code SCO_800) to be considered
"trained" for their positions. The training is a
half-hour online course, available through the my.scouting.org
Training Center, and has a two-year "shelf
life". Even if you're already trained for your position,
it's not a bad idea to take this training. It's quick and has useful
The Guide to Safe Scouting on-line version is
always the most up to date
find it at https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/
Bi-Monthly Cub 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.
For details see the Activity
BSA National Announces new "Scout Me In"
and "Scouts BSA" as name for 11-17 year-old program
For information, see the Bryan
on Scouting Blog at scoutingmagazine.org
Sailing for Sea Scout
Hosted by Sea Scout Ship 25 - Ithaca, NY
Summer 2018 (three weekends available)
Course Description: Sailing for Sea Scout Adult Volunteers is a
two-day training hosted by Ship 25 in Ithaca, New York open to Sea Scout
adult volunteers and other interested adults. Although many Sea Scout
adult volunteers are experienced boaters, a fair number are either
powerboat or small sailing craft sailors. This course will provide the
background and experience needed to prepare adult volunteers to help Sea
Scouts organize a group sailing excursion on a larger sailboat.
For more information, a flyer and an application form,
see the Training Page
Congratulations to everyone who received awards at the
District Awards Dinner at the Dryden Fire Hall on Friday, April 27th!
Many Veteran Scouters were recognized for their long service - not to
embarrass anyone, I'll just say that one Scouter present joined Scouting
in the 1940's, and others had more than 60 years of continuous
membership. Also presented were:
The District Award of Merit, the highest official
award a district can give, was presented to Roger Garnett and
The prestigious (if unofficial) Founder's Award was
received by Dave Gross, along with the equally prestigious (if
dethpicable) Taughanduck Pendant (a/k/a "honorary
Pack 91 in McGraw received the District
Commissioner's Award for outstanding program delivery.
The Order of the Gorget was presented to Christopher
Delage from Ship 25, plus one other youth member who doesn't know
about it yet.
Scouters were inducted into the Patriot Patrol, the
Old Guard Patrol and the Rising Stars Patrol, and a deserving group
of young leaders were inducted as 76'ers.
A number of training awards (knots) were presented
to Scouters who had earned them through training and service (see
the Advancement Page for more
Spark Plugs were given to a number of people who
supply the spark to keep their units running.
The Homer Police Department received a "Good
Turn Award" for their support of Scouting.
Finally, a good meal was had by all.
"Thanks" to everyone who came to the dinner!
See more pictures on the
Scout Troops - Camporee Survey
A survey about what our Scouts and Troop Leaders would
like to see at future District Camporees was handed out at the February
Additional copies of the surveys can be found
on this website.
Each Scout Troop should fill out two surveys - one by
the Scouts (SPL or PLC) and one by the adult leaders (SM, ASMs) - and if
you didn't hand them in at the April Roundtable, please scan and e-mail
the form to Mike Brown DC@TCScouts.org
Thank you for the help!
Questions about the Family Scouting Program (a/k/a
girls in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts)?
The National Council has
a web page with the latest news regarding Family Scouting which will
have the most up-to-date information as things progress.
Order of the Arrow American Indian Events
Hey! Scouts are you looking for something NEW & EXCITING? Well,
Our OA Chapter is offering new programs in American Indian Events!
See the Activities page
for details and a flyer
Presentations and handouts from the Baden-Powell
Council's University of Scouting over the years are now available on
an on-line resource
page. Check it out!
The link to the resources can always be found on our Training
page and also on the Council
website training page.
Our Cubs had fun at the
District Pinewood Derby
March 10, 2018!
See the District Scrapbook for more
Clay Converse, Baden-Powell Council Silver Beaver
and Ed Plesnar, Sea Scout Leader Award
Congratulations to Taughannock's Clay Converse on
being awarded his Silver Beaver at the Council recognition dinner on
Saturday, February 24th! Congratulations also to Ed Plesnar, Chris
DeLage, Michelle Noyes and Liam Stark for receiving awards for their
leadership in Venturing and Sea Scouts.
"Thanks" to all!
The District Winter Camporee was a success!
For more information and photos, see the Scrapbook
Aviation Explorer Post 62 - East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport
Meetings on second Sundays, 3:00PM (usually)
If you know anyone
between 14-20 years old who is interested in flying, invite him or her
to come to our meeting and join Post 62!
Download a flyer here in PDF
You can find more
information and our annual calendar on our web
page, and also on our Facebook
For ongoing information, join our Google
Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail to Post62@TCScouts.org
or call 607-844-8584.
Your District needs YOU! Or, at least, someone like
you... 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
For more information, and a list of available
positions, see our new "Help Wanted"
the Taughannock District Virtual Patch Collection!
Lots of Scouts and Scouters collect patches - your
Webmaster is no exception.
So, I've started to put up a Virtual Patch Collection
for the district.
It's a work in progress, and will by no means be exhaustive, but it's
what I've got.
Click here to get
started - or look for the "Virtual Patch Collection"
button on the left.
- Mike Brown
Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following
changes to training:
Protection - a new course was introduced on February 1, 2018. This
course is for adults in all BSA programs, replacing the former three
program-specific YPT courses Y01-Y03. All current leaders must take
the new YPT before October 1, 2018. See the
Training page for more information.
- BALOO/OWL -
has been combined and broken into two parts. Both parts must be
completed to be considered trained.
- Part 1
- On line
- Part 2
- in the field
- Boy Scout
Leader Position Specific Training - on line training available - 19 modules (don't groan).
Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position
trained (Fast Start is already on line).
Basic - on line training.
- Den Leader
Training was updated in March 2018 - an online version is expected
later in 2018.
For more information see the Training
Does your Unit have a website or Facebook group/page?
If so, check out the Cub, Scout
or Venture/Explorer web page on this site, and
if there's no link to your page please
send our webmaster an e-mail so we can let the world know. The
more links to your social media, the more likely it is that you'll pick
up new members from it!
District Coat of Arms...
Our District Chair, Liam Murphy, has created a Coat
of Arms for the Taughannock District. In keeping with his expertise in
Celtic Heraldry, the new arms have a shield quartered in red and white.
Clockwise from the upper left, the symbols are the Scout fleur-de-lis, a
dragon for Cortland County (SUNY's mascot), a Mallard Duck (of course),
and a bear for Tompkins County (Cornell's mascot). The shield is
supported by a Thumb Stick (traditional Scout walking stick), which also
hangs a Scout campaign hat. Under the shield, there's a scroll bearing
the Taughannock District Latin Motto - "Quantem autem quisque
non lactaverunt", a sentiment we can all support...
Well Done Liam!
You can download the Coat of Arms here: Large
or Medium Size
Advancement and Recognition
- Lion Program Changes: Based on volunteer suggestions last
year, there have been a number of changes to the Lion program for
Kindergarten-age boys. See this Scouting
Magazine article for details Also, effective in 2018,
Lions are now an official part of Cub Scouting.
- Cub Advancement News: There were major changes effective
December 1, 2016. See our Advancement
page for more information.
- Scout Advancement News:
Activity and Program News
See the Activities Page or
Camping Page for
information on upcoming events.
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for
Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:
(Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cub
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
VenturingFest at Summit Bechtel
- July 1-6, 2018
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!
See Activity Page