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Support Scouting For Food -
November 12 & 19, 2005

Scouting for Food is the York-Adams Area Council's "good turn" to collect canned and packaged foods for our neighbors who are in need.  While the need to help families impacted by hurricanes and other natural disasters has been great, there are many families close-to-home that need our help as well.  In 2004, local Scouts collected 73,811 food items in York and Adams Counties.

Scouts of all ages will be distributing doorknob hangers promoting Scouting for Food throughout York and Adams Counties on Saturday, November 12.  On Saturday, November 19th, residents are asked to place their food items outside their homes in plain view of the street by 9 AM.  Scouts will be going through communities collecting food donations and taking those items to local food pantries. 

If your bag is missed, you may take it to any M&T Bank branch in York and Adams County for collection.

Items needed include canned meats and vegetables, boxed cereal, canned milk, tuna fish, baby formula, instant potatoes, macaroni, peanut butters in jars, canned soup (chunky style), canned fruit, beef stew, pasta and other non-perishable foods.  Please no perishable, frozen or glass containers.

Please donate generously to help the Scouts fight hunger. 

2006 Wood Badge Training Course

Wood Badge is the advanced scout leader training course. Begun in 1919 by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting and Wood Badge’s first director, it came to America in 1948.

Continually updated to reflect the current BSA policies and programs, incorporate the latest material and utilize the techniques available, Wood Badge has become the most advanced leadership training course in Scouting! In this course, Scouters learn practical leadership skills in a lecture-practice format. The skills taught are applicable to every leader and provide a common foundation for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venture programs.

York-Adams Area Council will host a Wood Badge course for qualified Scouters April 21-23 and May 5-7, 2006 at Camp Tuckahoe.  Cost is $200 per participant, with a $50 deposit required when registering for the course. More ...

Cub Scout 75th Anniversary Awards

2005 will mark the 75th anniversary of Cub Scouting.  The official celebration continues through December 2005. 

As part of the celebration, special 75th anniversary awards for individual Cub Scouts, leaders, packs and families have been created. 

The requirements for each of these awards is available in PDF format.  More ...

The Arrowhead On-Line

The current issue (November 2005) of The Arrowhead, the newsletter for members of Tuckahoe Lodge, Order of the Arrow is now available on-line.  Be informed about what's happening - this issue is overflowing with lots of information about lodge events and happenings.  Check it out!

Quick Links and Resources


Cub Scout Leader Fast Start Training


Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training

bullet Venturing Leader Fast Start Training

Local Tour Permit Form (PDF) OR
Use the NEW Local Tour Permit On-Line Application Assistant


National Tour Permit Form (PDF) OR
Use the NEW National Tour Permit On-Line Application Assistant


Guide To Safe Scouting (PDF)


Medical Exam Form, Class 1 and 2 (PDF)


Medical Exam Form, Class 3 (PDF)

bullet On-Line Youth Protection Training
bullet On-Line Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training
bullet Bear Eagle Scholarship Information

Leaders in Scouting:
Scoutmaster George Gayman

“A gentleman walked in with a box two weeks before summer camp and said, ‘You’re the Scoutmaster.’ I got promoted real quick!”

This is how George Gayman describes how he became the Scoutmaster of Troop 49 in Hellam, PA.  The year was 1972, and Gayman had just inherited a lifetime of impacting the lives of young men in the York-Adams Area Council.

Cub Scouting Has Much To Offer
First through Fifth Grade Boys

Do you want your son to grow up to be self-reliant, dependable and caring?  Is it important to you that he learns traditional values such as honesty, trustworthiness, and respect for others and the environment?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you should check out what Cub Scouting has to offer boys in first through fifth grades.  More ...

Dare To Enter "The Scout Zone"

The National BSA Web site www.TheScoutZone.Org is full of games, fun, information and adventure.  It's a must see for boys (and their parents) interested in joining the Boy Scout program for young men ages 11-18.  Current

Current Boy Scouts can also invite their friends to check out the fun and adventure of Boy Scouting by sending a personalized e-card.

Check it out now ...

Summer Camp Adventures Abound
For All Scouts At Camp Tuckahoe in '06

Most boys join Scouting to go camping.  That was true in 1910 when Scouting began in the US and it's still true today.  Whether you're a brand-new Cub Scout or an experienced Boy Scout camper, the magic of Scouting is best found in its outdoor programs.

Just a short drive away in nearby Dillsburg, PA, the council's Camp Tuckahoe features great programs  for boys of all ages.  Don't miss out on all of the terrific program opportunities available this summer at Tuckahoe.  More ...

New Square Knot for Volunteer
New Unit Organizers Now Available

In a heavy London fog in 1909, American businessman William D. Boyce became lost. He was approached by a youth who took Mr. Boyce to his destination. When offered a tip by Boyce, this unknown Scout refused to accept it, saying that he could not accept money for a good turn. This “Good Turn” gave birth to the Scouting movement in America. William D. Boyce was one of those organizing individuals who could see thousands of American youth exhibiting similar values.

As Scouting approaches its centennial celebration, and to support efforts to have Scouting in every community in America, the Boy Scouts of America proudly introduces the William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award. This award will be presented to volunteers who exemplify Boyce’s organizing spirit.

Tree Thinning At Camp Tuckahoe

To ensure that Camp Tuckahoe remains safe for all campers and visitors,  a major tree thinning is planned for Camp Tuckahoe this fall and winter. The  Council has hired a forest consultant to mark trees for removal that pose a potential risk to campers and visitors. 

Over the past few years, thousands of dollars have been spent to remove hazardous limbs from the campsites but a substantial number of  hazardous trees  continue to develop annually.  Winter camp operation will remain open during the tree thinning.  No tree thinning will occur during the weekends while campers are present. Specific campsite availability will change each week as we clear each campsite of hazards.

New First Class Requirement

Beginning January 1, 2006, an additional requirement will be added to the requirements for First Class rank in Boy Scouting.  The new requirement tests the candidate’s persuasive communications skills and can help make Scouting available to more boys.  It reads as follows:

“Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your troop’s activities.  Invite him to a troop outing, activity, service project, or meeting.  Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active.”


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