Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA
District Scrapbook


This, our current District Scrapbook page, covers district events in 2017 or later.

We also  have Scrapbook Pages for 2009 and earlier2010-2012, 2013-2014 and 2015-2016.

Taughannock District Auto-Ree
October 20-22, 2017
Central NY Living History Center 

The Scouts earned Automobile Maintenance Merit Badge through 12 different stations, and the Cubs built balloon-powered cars. There were a number of interesting cars to look at, a Truck Simulator for the Scouts to drive, a Big Rig to sit in, a Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) radio station, a rollover demonstrator, and a movie in the evening. 

For more pictures see the 2017 Auto-Ree page!

Pack 85 Homer held a great Rocket Derby on September 25, 2017!

For more pictures, see the 2017 Rocket Derby page

Congratulations to Eagle Scout 
Alex Whitehead - Troop 2, Ithaca
September 19, 2017

Alex's mother pins on his new Eagle badge

Scoutmaster Jery Stedinger administers the Eagle Oath

Alex's older brother gives the Eagle Charge

Alex pins Dad pin on his father...

and Mom pin on his mother

Congratulatory letters were read

Alex gave Robin Stedinger the Mentor pin

The Trail to Eagle

New troop officers were sworn in

Opening Ceremony

Badges were given to other Scouts

Barton Bs were earned by many...

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!

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

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.

Scouts receive patches for the Camporee

Scouts received merit badges

DE Christian Averill presented the 2017 charter to the Troop

Martin pins Dad's Pin on his father..

...and the Mom's Pin on his mother

Mentor Pin

Eagle Medal was pinned on by Martin's mother

New Eagle Scout Martin Jander

Eagle Oath administered by Scoutmaster Jery Stedinger

New Eagle is escorted in by an Honor Guard

Troop Bugler opened the ceremony

Flag Ceremony

Opening Candle Ceremony

Letters of Congratulation were presented

This being the Cornell Outdoor Center, an outdoorsy special guest hopped in...

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. 

Thanks to A (PL - Cobras) & C (PL - Wolverines) who gave Patrol Leaders reports about activities during this centennial year. The Senior Patrol Leader, M, who gave a nice speech about the next 100 years of scouting in Troop 4. I hope he is right that scouts will still be making s'mores over a campfire 100 years from now. We talked about the history of Troop 4 in Ithaca, and shared the story behind the Thundercloud logo. Committee Chair, Bill Miller, who gave a slideshow on recent Troop 4 Eagle Projects. 

Thanks to Mike Brown & Mike Michael Homrighaus who brought historical materials to display, including a Troop 4 uniform shirt from the 1920s. We gave out new Troop 4 Centennial Neckerchiefs. Patches will be coming soon. It was a nice way to wrap-up Troop 4's centennial year. Now, it's off to summer camp at Camp Tuscarora. - John Udall

Troop 4, past and present, in a group portrait at the troop's 100th Birthday

The Scouts' advancement was reviewed

A number of Troop 4's former Scouts and leaders spoke about their memories of the troop.

Troop 4 Alumnus Oliver Habicht spoke about the troop and its connection to International Scouting.

Former Scoutmaster Bill Miller had a PowerPoint show about Eagle Projects done by Troop 4 Scouts over the last few years.

District Executive Christian Averill made a presentation for the Friends of Scouting campaign, with the aid of a few Troop 4 Scouts.

Michael Homrighaus added his thoughts on Friends of Scouting and the Blair Atholl Jamborette

The celebration was organized and MC'd by Troop 4 Alumnus, former SM and present ASM John Udall

Grace was said before the meal...

A candle-lit opening ceremony - no, they didn't skip points of the Scout Law, the breeze from the window kept blowing out the candles...

Troop 4 Scoutmaster Dave Korb

Patrol Leaders reported on their exploits in 2016-17

Taughannock District Awards Dinner
April 28, 2017

The Taughannock District held its annual Awards Dinner on April 28th at the Dryden Fire Hall. "Thanks" to Kathlene Gross for organizing the event, Michael Homrighaus for acting as MC and preparing the awards, and to everyone else who worked to make the dinner a success - and "Congratulations" to everyone who received an award! The District Award of Merit, the highest award a District can give, was presented to Nelson Jeffrey. Some of the other awards, official and otherwise, can be seen in the photographs.

The Order of the Black Duck - all named "Mike". From left to right, Mike Jane Converse, Mike Leroy Schultz, Mike Clay Converse, Mike Dave Gross, Mike Kathlene Gross, Mike Ben Brown, Mike Hughes, Mike Brown, Mike Stoll, Michael Homrighaus, and Mike Jim Graney.

The dinner opened with the traditional flag ceremony, and the Scout Oath and Law

Fifty-year Veteran awards were presented to Mike Stoll and Leroy Schultz

Liam Murphy presenting a "76er Patrol:" award to Chris Ryan. The annual 76er Patrol is made up of outstanding youth members.

Toby Green into is welcomed into the 76er Patrol for 2017

Peter Graney, new member of the 2017 76er Patrol

Kathlene Gross presented Camp Barton Ranger Dave Carlson with framed photographs of sunrise and sunset at Camp Barton.

Mike Hughes presents an Order of the Black Duck to District Chair Liam Murphy

Four Mikes - a quorum.

Present District Chair Liam Murphy presented a special certificate to Jim Graney for his efforts as District Chair in past years

District Chair Liam Murphy presented Mike Hughes with a certificate recognizing his work as past District Chair (twice)

The District Good Turn Award was presented to Transonic Systems for hosting our Scouts at the two District Fly-o-Rees held at the Ithaca Airport. Cor Drost accepts the certificate for Transonic.

This year's Patriot Patrol, named after Daniel Tompkins with Clay Converse, Mac Lynn Green, Kathlene Gross and Michael Homrighaus.

Mike Hughes presenting the Order of the Gorget to Callie Kaplan-Wright

Mike Stoll also received the Order of the Gorget

Those who have helped the district in the past year, but haven't yet received any district awards, are given the "Rising Star" certificate. This is Shana Kleckner Snyder from Pack 10, Groton

District Commissioner Mike Brown with Kate MacKenzie and her Rising Star award

Bill Wright was inducted as a member of the Old Guard

Another Rising Star award, presented by District Chair Liam Murphy with Michael Homrighaus and District Commissioner Mike Brown

Training awards were presented to a number of adult leaders by District Training Chair (and dinner MC) Mike Homrighaus

The prized Spark Plug Award - a real spark plug mounted on a block of wood - is awarded by individual units to people who have helped make the unit go during the year.

A special Golden Spark Plug was also awarded to two volunteers. Unlike a regular Spark Plug, the Golden Spark Plug is covered in gold paint, which makes it much more... something.

The Founders Award for 2017 was presented to Robin Stedinger and Jerry Stedinger

Doug Blakeley presenting the District Award of Merit to Nelson Jeffrey

Sea Scout Ship 25's newest Quartermaster
Callie Kaplan Wright
March 11, 2017

Congratulations to Callie Kaplan-Wright, from Sea Scout Ship 25, in earning Quartermaster - Sea Scouting's highest rank, and one earned by very few Sea Scouts nationwide. The ceremony was held at the Trumansburg Conservatory on Saturday, March 11th. A Land Ship was set up, and the ceremony took place on its deck.

Callie and the Quartermaster certificate.

Commodore Jim Graney congratulates Callie on her new Quartermaster rank.

S.S.S. Spear's Skipper, Ed Plesnar.

Commodore Jim Graney congratulates Callie on her new Quartermaster rank.

Callie's father, Bill Wright, says a few words...

Gene Little from the Coast Guard Auxiliary presents a letter to Callie at the QM ceremony.

Commodore Jim Graney boards the Land Ship, with four ceremonial Side Boys.

Evan Graney explains the meaning of the Quartermaster rank.

Commodore (and former District Chair) Jim Graney conducted the QM ceremony.

Sea Scout pipes dignitaries on board the Land Ship.

The meeting opened with a flag ceremony, as the flag was raised on the stern of the Land Ship.

S.S.S. Spear's Skipper, Ed Plesnar.

Council Recognition Dinner
February 25, 2017

Congratulations to the 2016 class of Silver Beaver recipients, along with all the other volunteers who received awards at the Baden-Powell Council Recognition Dinner on Saturday, February 25th. The Silver Beaver award is the highest award granted by a Council to an outstanding Scouter. This year's recipients were Michael Hughes, Fran Bialy, Eileen Mulcahy and Chris Wilkinson. Peter Graney, Alex Powers, Kevin Thompson and Andrew Thompson received the Venturing Leadership Award. The Baden-Powell Council, and the Taughannock and Chenango Districts received Gold status in the 2016 Journey to Excellence (Hiawatha was Silver and Delahanna was Bronze).

Cubs from Pack 155 opened the dinner with a flag ceremony

Council Commissioner Don Perkins

Council VP for Properties Mike Kazarinoff

Council President Kevin McKeown

Council Executive Rick Christ

Council VP for Program Mary Ann Wilcox

Council VP for Outdoor Adventure Bernie McDermott

Peter Graney and Alex Powers received the Venturing Leadership Award, as did Andrew and Kevin Thompson

Silver Beaver Chris Wilkinson

Silver Beaver Eileen Mulcahy and Silver Buffalo Mark Kreibel

Silver Beaver Fran Bialy

Silver Beaver Mike Hughes, Taughnnock District Vice-Chair

Cub Associate Stacy Hall

Commissioners and leaders from the Taughannock District 

Everyone loves patches...

Visit the Taughannock District Virtual Patch Collection!

Taughannock District Scouts Explored the South Seas
Winter Camporee - January 21, 2017

See more pictures on the Winter Camporee 2017 page!

Unseen for half a century...

Look at some recently discovered pictures from the 1960 Cortland Armory Scout Show and the 1961 Barton Hall Scout-a-Rama. 

Want to see more District activities? We have a Scrapbook Page for 2010-2012 and a Scrapbook Page for 2009 and earlier, too!

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