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Congratulations to Alex Whitehead, Troop 2, Ithaca
Taughannock District's Latest Eagle Scout!
September 19, 2017


See the District Scrapbook for more pictures!


Eagle Palm Requirements Changed
Effective August 1, 2017

Previously, a Scout had to wait three months after his Eagle Board of Review before he could apply for his first Eagle Palm. Effective Aug. 1, 2017, the tenure requirement will not apply for the first Palm(s) only. The requirement now reads: 

"After successfully completing your Eagle Scout board of review and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each additional 5 merit badges you have completed before your Eagle Scout board of review. For these Palms, only, it will not be necessary for you to complete any of the requirements stated below."

This means that at his Court of Honor a new Eagle can receive his Eagle award and as many palms as he has earned before his Eagle Board of Review. After that, the three-month tenure requirement applies as before.  

Also changed are the following:

  • No Board of Review is required for Eagle Palms. A palm is not a rank, so no Board of Review is necessary. A Unit Leader Conference is still required, and can be held any time during the period since the last Palm (or Eagle Board). 

  • Three-month tenure in any BSA program is acceptable, not just in the "troop or patrol". 

  • Leadership requirement is broadened to include “accepting responsibility” as well as “demonstrating leadership.”

For a PDF listing of the current requirement, see here on the National website


Boy Scout Camping Fees for 2018 have been established

See Camping page for details


BSA Registration Fees will increase on December 1, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America announced that registration fees will be increasing by $9 (or to $2.75 per month) effective December 1st, 2017. More information regarding this increase can be found here. Units should budget for this when annual dues/fees are collected this fall. The last National fee increase was four years ago.

This fee change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts/clubs. However, it will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships. 

This year, the Baden-Powell Council will also be increasing our local Insurance fee by $2. This is for two reasons; first to keep up with increasing insurance costs, but also to only collect insurance fees at recharter rather than prorating them throughout the year. This change will also be effective December 1st, 2017.

When you recharter in December 2017, your unit will pay $39 per person plus the $40 National liability insurance fee. After your unit recharters, any new youth will only pay the increased registration fee of $2.75 per month, so a Youth joining in September of 2018 would pay $11 with this change as opposed to $12.34 under the current way of charging insurance.

As always, the Baden Powell Council offers financial aid for registration to those in need. For more information on applying for financial aid, please contact your District Executive.

- Updated 9/5/17


BSA National Policy now requires Youth Protection Training (YPT)
before an adult can be registered. 

Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application. This has been local B-P Council policy for some time, but is now being required nationally. 

Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time of registration, unit leaders must obtain copies of the completion certificates from the leaders who register online before approving their application.

With the upcoming renewal cycle, the Internet Rechartering system will be updated so that units cannot submit the registration renewal of any adult who does not have current YPT as of the effective date of the renewal. Completion of YPT as part of the online registration system will be required in a future update. Additionally, council registrars will no longer be able to override the registration system to register any leader whose Youth Protection Training is not current.

If you have additional questions, please contact your Scout Executive.

For more information on YPT, see our Training Page


Boo at Barton - Cub Adventure Weekend
October 7-8, 2017

Cub Scouts of all ranks are invited to this weekend camp with their parents/guardians and family. Come and see what Camp Barton has to offer, experience the great outdoors and of course have fun! Activities may include; archery, BB shooting, wall climbing, games, den challenges and many more surprises. Registration starts at 8:00 am, the event officially opens is at 8:45am, with instructions for the day and the programs begin promptly at 9:00 am on Saturday. The program after dinner will include “trick-or-treating” and will conclude after the evening campfire program at around 8.30 pm. Breakfast will be provided on Sunday morning at 8:00 am prior to departure.

Download a flyer and registration form here - PDF


2018 Journey to Excellence Worksheets are Available

You can find them on the Advancement and Recognition page


Congratulations to Troop 48's three new Eagle Scouts!
August 23, 2017

Troop 48 had Courts of Honor for four new Eagle Scouts this week. 
Congratulations to Sean O'Neill, Toby Green, Nico Streb and Jacob Williamson!


Fall Popcorn Sale

If your unit will be selling popcorn this fall - and most of our district's units do - you should send a Commitment Form to the council as soon as possible. 

You can download a Commitment Form here in PDF format.


The Cubs had a great time at the
Barton School of Mystery and Magic
Camp Barton Cub Resident Camp
August 10-12, 2017


We've got more pictures and stories on the 2017 Cub Resident page



Troop 55 turns up for the first District Flash Mob
at Ithaca Farmers' Market - July 8th

The first District Flash Mob at the Ithaca Farmers' Market today was more of a "Flicker Mob" - but "well done" to Troop 55 for providing three Scouts and four leaders for the try! Watch this space for another try at a full Flash Mob in August.


Happy 100th Birthday, Troop 4 Ithaca!
June 18, 2017

The Troop 4 Centennial Celebration and Court of Honor on Sunday, June 18, 2017 was a great success! Glad to see some T4 alumni there (Oliver Habicht, Denise Lentini & Al Lentini, Jonathan M Billing, Joyce Ann Billing & Michael Billing, Andrew Sternglass, Karen Casey Carr, Ben Brown). Thanks to all who came out to share in the celebration. If you weren't here in person, I'm sure you were there in spirit. 

For more information and pictures, see the District Scrapbook


Congratulations to Martin Jander
Eagle Scout at Troop 2 Ithaca
June 19, 2017

Congratulations to Martin Jander of Troop 2 - Taughannock District's latest Eagle Scout! Martin's ceremony was held on Monday, June 19th at the Cornell Outdoor Center on Monkey Run Road. The Troop also presented advancement awards to a number of Scouts, and SM and ASM Jery and Robin Stedinger were recognized for their receipt of the Taughannock District's Founder's Award.

For more information and pictures, see the District Scrapbook


2018 Blair Atholl Scottish International Patrol Jamborette - July 2018

Baden-Powell Council will be sending two six-Scout patrols to the 2018 Blair Atholl Scottish International Jamborette, which will be held in Blair Atholl, Scotland, in July 2018. We will spend a week touring around Scotland, then ten days at the Jamborette, followed by four days of home hospitality. This is our twelfth trip since 1996, and it's always an experience of a lifetime for the Scouts who are fortunate enough to attend. 

If you know of any Scouts (or Sea Scouts or Venturers) who will be 14 to 17 years old as of next July and would be interested in being part of our contingent, have them download an application from the BPBlairAtholl.org website and send it back ASAP. The twelve available spots have been filled, but we are taking applications for a waiting list - the sooner your Scout gets in an application, the better! 

For information and the forms, see the 2018 Jamborette page on the BPBlairAtholl website. 
E-mailed questions can be sent to Scotland@TCScouts.org 

- Mike Brown, Contingent Leader


Lion Cub pilot program will be extended to all 
Taughannock District Packs starting in September, 2017

The "Lion Cub" pilot program for kindergarten-age boys, which has been tested in a few packs in our Council over the last year, will be extended to all District Packs this fall. That means that packs can start recruiting for Lion Cubs as soon as the boys enter kindergarten. There will be more information about this at the Cub Breakouts at Roundtable in the coming months. 


Help Wanted!

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 volunteer. 

For more information, and a list of available positions, see our new "Help Wanted" page!


University of Scouting Resources

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

Introducing 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


Upcoming Changes to BSA Training

BSA National  HQ has announced the following changes to training, which will be released this year:

  • BALOO/OWL - has been combined and broken into two parts.  Both parts must be completed to be considered trained.  RELEASE target is end of 2nd Quarter (end June timeframe).
    • Part 1 - On line
    • Part 2 - in the field
  • Boy Scout Leader Position Specific Training - on line training is going to be 19 modules (don't groan).  RELEASE target is end of 1st Quarter (end March timeframe)
  • Chartered Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position trained (Fast Start is already on line).  RELEASE target is end of 2nd Quarter (end June timeframe)
  • Commissioners Basic - on line training.  RELEASE target is end of 2nd Quarter (end June timeframe)  

For more information see the Training Page


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!


Our 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


Calling all Aviators!

Aviation Explorer Post 62 - East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport

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!

You can find more information and our annual calendar on our web page, and also on our Facebook page. For ongoing information,  join our Google Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail to Mike Brown or call 607-844-8584.  


Advancement and Recognition News


  • 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 
  • Cub Advancement News: There were major changes effective December 1, 2016. See our Advancement page for more information. 
  • Scout Advancement News: 
    • Eagle Palm requirements changed August 1, 2017/ See the Advancement Page for details. 
    • 2016 Boy Scout Advancement Requirements became mandatory as of January 1st, 2017! Scouts must now switch to the 2016 requirements. See our Advancement page for more information.
    • Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement Page for details.  
    • Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement page
    • BSA introduced a number of new merit badges:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! 
      • Animation - released May, 2015

      • Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014

      • Signs, Signals and Codes - released February 26, 2015

      • Exploring - released February, 2017

      For the latest news, see National's Program Updates page


Activity and Program News

See the Activities Page or Camping Page for information on upcoming events. 


Upcoming Events:

  • October 7-8 - Boo at Barton - Cub Scout Fall Adventure Weekend - see Camping Page

  • October 20-22 - Auto-Ree Fall Camporee - see Activity Page


District News


  • Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:

    • Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)

    • Advancement (Cub and Scout)

    • Finance

    • Membership

    • Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cub Roundtable

  • 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 


Council News


Long-Time B-P Council Volunteer Bob Dealaman
is 2017 Silver Buffalo Recipient

The Silver Buffalo is the highest award which is granted by the BSA on a national basis. These 12 men and women join the prestigious list of Scouters who have received this award since 1926:

David Biegler Circle Ten Dallas, TX
Nelson R. Block Sam Houston Area Houston, TX
L. H. (Larry) Chase Atlanta Area Marietta, GA
Lucia Cronin Bay-Lakes River Hills, WI
Robert G. Dealaman Baden Powell Endwell, NY
Eric L. Hiser Grand Canyon Phoenix, AZ
Kenneth P. King Three Fires St. Charles, IL
Carol McCarthy Buckskin Fayetteville, WV
Daniel G. Ownby Sam Houston Area Houston, TX
Aubrey B. Patterson Yocona Area Tupelo, MS
Mark D. Rose Gulf Ridge Lutz, FL
David L. Steward Grtr St. Louis Area St. Louis, MO

The list includes massive names in Scouting (Robert Baden-Powell, “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt), Hollywood (Walt Disney, Jimmy Stewart), sports (Yogi Berra, Archie Manning) and politics (Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson).

And it also includes Scouters whose names you don’t know but whose impact you can see and feel.

The men and women who wear the Silver Buffalo pendant suspended from a red-and-white ribbon have diverse backgrounds but are united by their commitment to the Scouting movement.

See the Baden-Powell Council website


National and International News


 

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