Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA


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The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For more than a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes - and, through more than a century of experience, knows - that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Scouting is inclusive - see our Membership Policy page for a summary of the BSA's current membership policies. 

Are you interested in learning about or joining Scouting? 

The BSA has a range of Scouting programs for you and your son or daughter. We have a web page for each program - use the links below, or click on one of the blue buttons at the left to go to these pages: 

  • Cub Scouts a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of kindergarten through fifth grade boys and girls. 
  • Scouts BSA is for boys and girls age 11 through age 17 (or at least 10˝ and completed fifth grade), designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster..
  • Venturing, Sea Scouts and Exploring are for boys and girls ages 14 through 20 (or age 13 and completed eighth grade). Venturing provides positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help members pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills. Exploring is a career- or vocation-oriented program, with each post specializing in a specific field. 

The Baden-Powell Council provides Scouting to a six-county area - Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins County in central New York and Susquehanna County in northern Pennsylvania. The Taughannock District covers Cortland and Tompkins Counties, serving hundreds of youth members in 35 Scout units - Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Venture Crews and Explorer Posts. You can find all of the Scouting units in our district on our Google Map.  

A note on girls in BSA Programs

Cub Scout Packs have the option to accept both boys and girls from kindergarten to fifth grade - such packs are referred to as "Family Packs". Girls and boys are organized in separate single-gender dens within the pack. Sponsors may also choose to keep their pack as a boys-only pack, and/or may choose to sponsor a separate girls-only pack. The list of packs on the Cub Scout page is annotated to indicate which packs will have dens for which genders.  

Girls between 11-17 years of age are eligible to join Scouts BSA troops, but each troop is single-gender. Sponsors can choose to sponsor Scout troops for boys and also Scouts BSA troops for girls. The two affiliated troops may share a single troop committee, and may meet at the same time and place and plan joint activities, but each troop must have its own Scoutmaster (that is, one person cannot be Scoutmaster of both troops). Affiliated boy and girl troops can choose to use the same troop number for everyday use, if they want, although for paperwork purposes the new girls-only troop will have a distinct number (usually in this council the prefix "6") - so, for example, the sponsor of boy Troop 13 in Trumansburg formed an affiliate girls-only Troop with the number 613.  

The older-youth BSA programs, Venturing and Exploring, have been co-ed for many years, and remain open to both boys and girls from 14-20. 

How this Website is Organized

The pages on our District website have been arranged so that they are organized in the same way as the District itself. You can use the list below, or click on one of the buttons on the left and at the top of each page, to go directly to a specific page. If you want to find something and aren't sure what page it's on, look at our Site Map index.  

General Pages: The District Committee and District Key Three oversee the Scouting program in the District in a general way, so we start with a collection of pages which are of general applicability to all members and volunteers. These pages can be reached using the red buttons on the left of each page. 

  • Announcements, announcements, announcements! You can find all of the latest news here, with links to the pages with the full details. 

  • District Calendar - Our District plans its Scouting activities on an eighteen-month basis, so that we will always have at least a year's advance notice of upcoming events. Our calendar also includes listings for Council and National events which might be of interest to District volunteers. 

  • Contact List - You can find an Organization Chart of District-level Scouters and Committees on this page, along with contact information. Look here for the "generic" e-mail addresses for some district functions, leaders and committees. 
  • Forms and Links - This page provides links to downloadable forms and to other websites with useful information for Scouters. 
  • Handouts and Resources - Look here for resources such as Roundtable handouts and notes, informational flyers, etc.
  • Help Wanted - Scouting wants you! Here's how you can help...
  • District Scrapbook - take a look at what our members have been doing!
  • Virtual Patch Collection - Scouts and Scouters love patches - they're interesting in themselves, and a good way to learn about Scout history. Here are some of the ones we've collected...

Specific Pages: Taughannock District works through its volunteer-run committees. If you need information on a specific topic, these pages, which can be reached through the links below or the yellow buttons on the left of each page, are organized in the same way as the District itself:

  • Activities - The “CAPS” Committee (Camping, Activities, Program and Sevice) is in charge of District Activities for Cubs, Scouts and Venturers. Look here for information on Pinewood Derbies, Scout Camporees, Mall Shows, and so on. Where appropriate, we'll also have information on Council Activities and High Adventure opportunities of interest to District members. 
  • Advancement and Recognition - The Advancement program is part of all Scouting programs - Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturing. Look here for information on rank advancement for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA - including Eagle Projects and Boards of Review, merit badge counselors, etc. This page also has information on recognition awards for adult Scouters - training awards, Spark Plugs and District Awards of Merit, Veteran Scouter pins, and the various square knots - and the Journey to Excellence program for Unit recognition. 
  • Camping - The Camping Committee is tasked with promoting organized camping programs for Cubs and Scouts. Look here for information on Cub Weekends, Cub Day Camps and Resident Camps and Scouts BSA Summer Camp. The CAPS committee supports these activities as well.
  • Communications - The Membership/Publicity Committee is responsible for internal communications within the district, as well as public relations. Look here for information on publicizing your unit's activities or to sign up for the Taughannock Announce District e-mail list
  • Commissioners - The Commissioner Corps is a group of experienced veteran Scouters supporting our District's packs, troops, crews and posts. Unit Commissioners work directly with unit leaders, Roundtable Commissioners lead our monthly Roundtables. This page provides information for and about Taughannock District Commissioners.  
  • Fundraising - The Finance Committee organizes the fundraising events by which our District raises money for District and Council operations. Look here for information on Friends of Scouting campaigns, Popcorn Sales, Distinguished Citizen Awards Dinners, etc.
  • Training - All Leaders should be trained. The Training Committee works toward this goal by providing training courses for Cub, Scout and Venturing leaders (including youth leaders at the Scout and Venturing levels). Look here for information on training courses offered at the District and Council level, at the annual University of Scouting, and online through My.Scouting.org

Off-Site Links: Taughannock District is one of four districts in the Baden-Powell Council, a part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which in turn is part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Use the links below, or the green buttons on the left of each page, for direct links to other Scouting sites:

  • Taughannock District Facebook Group: If you're on Facebook, be sure to join this group for the latest in local program and "shares" from around the country and the world. 
  • Are you signed up for the Taughannock Announce e-mail list? All District units should have at least one adult (if not all) subscribed to the list! The e-list is used for news and reminders of District meetings and activities, as well as District and unit requests and last minute emergency announcements and cancellations. Click on this link to sign up - you will need to establish a Yahoo.com account, if you don't have one already, then subscribe to the TaughannockAnnounce group. 
  • Baden-Powell Council - our District is one of four in the Baden-Powell Council. Look here for information on Council operations, personnel and activities. 
  • Boy Scouts of America National Council (scouting.org) - the BSA is responsible for Boy Scouting in the United States. Their website has a vast amount of information for Scouts and Scouters, as well as links to specialized sites.
  • My.Scouting.org - the Scouting Tools site is where you'll find links for training, updating your membership profile, accessing unit records and much more. 
  • World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) - Scout.org is the site for international Scouting news and information.
  • Camp Barton is one of the two Scout camps run by the Baden-Powell Council - the one located in the Taughannock District. 
  • Blair Atholl International Scottish Patrol Jamborette - the Baden-Powell Council has sent a contingent of Scouts to this unique international event every even-numbered year since 1996!
  • For more useful links, see our Forms and Resources page.

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