Council Events

Council Outdoor Training Weekend

Are You Trained?

The Black Hills Area Council’s training team has released details and registration for this Sping’s Outdoor Training Weekend! This Outdoor Training Weekend is an opportunity for adult leaders to obtain outdoor related training that various BSA adult positions require. The courses offered are staffed by council volunteers with vast experience in various subjects and skills.

New for 2017, the Outdoor Training Weekend will offer the American Red Cross’s Wilderness and Remote First Aid certification for an outstanding price. This new course is limited to the first 24 participants that register.

Wilderness & Remote First Aid

Designed for scouts and scout leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who works or spends time in remote environments, this course teaches advanced skills to be used in emergencies when help from professional first responders may be far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid
Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, this course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs.

Participants must be at least 14 years old and hold a current adult CPR/AED certification. If passed, participants will receive a two-year certification.

Course Details:
Check In Time: 6:00PM to 6:45PM on Friday, March 31, 2017
Course Ends: 2:00PM on Sunday, April 2, 2017
Cost: $80.00 Per Person
Optional Housing: Participants in the Wilderness & Remote First Aid course may elect to stay in a cabin for the weekend at a rate of $10.00 per person. Cabins are basic. They have bunk beds, mattresses, and electricity. Cabins will have a portable heater in them. Please note that you may be sharing a cabin with other participants. Cabins will be split up into the following groups: men 17 and under, men 18 and older, women 17 and under, and women 18 and older.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the outdoors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics, this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams, in order to be considered “trained”.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is required for all Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.

Course Details:
Check In Time: 6:00PM to 6:45PM on Friday, March 31, 2017
Course Ends: 12:00PM on Sunday, April 2, 2017
Cost: $35.00 Per Person

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)

BALOO stands for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. This one day course is designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their Pack activities. BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA’s Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack overnighter.

Course Details:
Check In Time: 7:00AM to 7:45AM on Saturday, April 1, 2017
Course Ends: 4:00PM on Saturday, April 1, 2017
Cost: $25.00 Per Person

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2017 Eagle Scout Reception

The Black Hills Area National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Committee will be hosting an Eagle Scout Recognition Reception, held in honor of the 2016 class of Eagle Scouts. This reception will occur following the Black Hills Area Council’s Merit Badge Midway on March 4, 2017, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Surbeck Ballroom on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Campus. Check-in will begin at 5:30 PM in the hallway outside of the ballroom. Refreshments and Hors D’Oeuvres will be complimentarily provided for 2016 Eagle Scouts, and just $10 per person for any guests you wish to bring. Guests may include family members, mentors, Scoutmasters, significant others, or any other individual interested in attending this event.

We hope you join us as we recognize our Eagle Scout class of 2016!

Eagle Scout Class of 2016

Matthew A.Troop 17
Cameron B.Troop 44
Jonathan B.Troop 1187
Ryan E.Troop 7
Kyle E.Troop 44
Nikolaus F.Troop 99
Matthew H.Troop 15
Colin J.Troop 131
Justin K.Troop 72
Nicolas K.Troop 131
Mitchell K.Troop 109
Augustus K.Troop 15
Dominic M.Troop 252
Dalton M.Troop 252
Curt M.Troop 88
Spencer M.Troop 302
Austin N.Troop 7
Steven P.Troop 109
Jonathan P.Troop 74
Nathan R.Troop 320
Michael R.Troop 19
Kendal S.Troop 252
Joseph S.Troop 85
Braden T.Troop 85
Isaac T.Troop 320
John T.Troop 72
Loyal T.Troop 1187
Nathan T.Troop 85
Cade V.Troop 7

About the Eagle Scout Rank

The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance.

The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. This represents more than 2.25 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912.

Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting—the mission of the BSA, citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.

Progression

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks—Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.

Merit Badges

Merit badges signify the mastery of certain Scoutcraft skills, as well as helping boys increase their skill in an area of personal interest. Of the 136 merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout.

Of this group, 13 badges are required, including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life. In addition, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving, Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, and Environmental Science and Sustainability.

Service

While a Life Scout, a Scout plans, develops and gives leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or the community.  In addition to providing service and fulfilling the part of the Scout Oath, “to help other people at all times,” one of the primary purposes of the Eagle Scout service project is to demonstrate or hone or to learn and develop, leadership skills. Related to this are important lessons in project management and taking responsibility for a significant accomplishment.

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Ice Fishing Tournament to Benefit Scouting

General Information

The 8th Annual “Catch the Adventure” Fishing Tournament will take place February 11, 2017 on Lake Alexamder, located at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch (24201 Bobcat Road, Custer, SD 57730).

Only 100 pre-drilled and numbered holes will be available on a first-come, first, serve basis at the 8th Annual Catch the Adventure Ice Fishing Tournament. Anglers may obtain up to 2 holes by making a tax-deductible donation of $50 per hole. Starting position on the course will be determined randomly. Every half-hour, fishermen will be instructed to move to new holes. At 1:40PM record cards will be collected, but fishing for “tagged-fish” will continue until 2:30PM. Fishermen will provide their own gear and bait. Because we are fishing on a Boy Scout Camp, this event must be alcohol-free.

Purpose

This event is a special fundraiser for the Black Hills Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Our objective is to provide fishermen with a great day of fun, food, fellowship and fishing at Lake Alexander, located at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. This will be a unique fishing experience – with plenty of prizes and surprises!

Schedule

8:15AM – 9:15AM…………..Check-In
9:30AM – 1:40PM…………..Contest Fishing
1:40PM……………………… Recording Cards Collected
1:40PM – 2:30PM…………..Tagged-fish Continues
2:45PM……………………… Awards Presentation

Registration

Registration will take place online at

https://www.scoutingevent.com/695-IceFishing2017

Remember, that only 100 fishermen will be able to participate in this tournament.

Contest Rules
  1. Trout Only – Catch & Release
  2. No live baitfish allowed
  3. Record length (to smallest whole inch, e.g. 13.8″ recorded as 13″), with “neighbor verification”
  4. No electronics allowed
  5. No pre-fishing allowed
  6. Only one line per hole allowed
  7. Contest winner(s) determined by largest “total length” of all trout caught, divided by the number of holes fished
  8. Ties will be broken via a “coin-flip”
  9. All decisions by the Tournament Committee are final
Team Competition

Each fisherman will register individually for this tournament. Based on the team name, we will score the members as a group to determine a Team Champion. A team trophy will be awarded for display in the team’s workplace or another venue.

Catch, Measure & Release Philosophy

Because this is a small, stocked lake, we wish to keep fish stocks high and healthy – especially for our Scouts at summer camp. To minimize trauma to fish, we would like to return them to the water as quickly as possible. Hence, we will measure only to the lowest whole inch (e.g. a trout greater than or equal to 12″ but less than 13″ will be recorded as 12″). In the event that the trout swallows the hook (and retrieval would cause harm to the fish), simply cut the line, measure the fish and return it to the water.

Individual Fisherman Prizes

There will be prizes for the top three places in the individual fisherman contest. Other special prizes: the longest fish, shortest fish, and random “hole” prizes.

Sponsorship & Prizes

Opportunities are still available. Please contact Spencer Paulsen at Spencer.Paulsen@scouting.org.

Food & Beverages

There will be a complimentary food and beverage “cart” circulating on the lake during the tournament hours serving hot drinks and hot dogs. Following the fishing, chili and hot drinks will be served at the Training Center in conjunction with the Awards Presentation. Please feel free to bring your own snacks.

Tagged Fish Contest

The lake will contain several tagged fish associated with cash prizes up to $600. If you catch a tagged fish, notify one of the course Marshals immediately to properly record the event. Failure to do so will invalidate your claim.

“The One That Got Away”

To make things interesting, fishermen may purchase a “mulligan” – The One That Got Away – for each hole fished. For $10, a record card will be stamped with a “12-inch trout” to compensate for a fish that stole your bait, got off, broke off or got back into the hole before measure. Only one “mulligan” per hole. Must be purchased prior to the start of tournament fishing.

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Scouting U is for You!

What is it?

The Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” As Scout leaders, we need to be prepared to give all Scouts the best program and leadership possible. Scouting U is one of the premier training events in the council. As a one day event, it is the easiest way to prepare adult leaders to deliver the best possible Scouting programs and supplement the training of any Scouter, from novice to the most experienced. Scouting U offers courses in 5 different colleges:

  • College of Boy Scouting
  • College of Cub Scouting
  • College of Exploring
  • College of Commissioner Science
  • College of Council Operations

Participants will be able to enroll in any of the courses being offered. Some courses span the entire day, while other courses only last 50 minutes.

Council Awards Luncheon

Each year we recognize Scouts and Scouters throughout our council and district that make an impact. At this lunch, the Black Hills Area Council will present individuals with the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver for their contribution to Scouting. Additional awards presented will be: Board Member of the Year, Council Committee of the Year, Cubmaster of the Year, Scoutmaster of the Year, Assistant Scoutmaster of the Year, Crew Advisor of the Year, Committee Member of the Year, Post Advisor of the Year, Sparkplug Awards, Pack of the Year, Troop of the Year, Crew of the Year, Post of the Year, Scouting Family of the Year, Popcorn Awards, Veteran Awards, and other awards. All paid Scouting U participants will receive a ticket to the Council Awards Luncheon. To attend the luncheon only, please select the “Luncheon Only” registration option on the online registration.

Youth Protection Training Required

NEW FOR 2017. All adults must be current in Youth Protection Training before attending any class. Adults who show up not current in Youth Protection Training will be required to attend Youth Protection Training during period 1.

Class Listing

The following courses are being offered at the 2017 Scouting U. Some classes span multiple periods. Please see the event guide at https://scoutingevent.com/695-2017ScoutingU, under “attachments.”

  • College of Commissioner Science
    • Commissioner Basic Training
    • Contacting Units
    • Practical Solutions to Common Unit Needs
    • Commissioner Priorities
    • Collaborative Assessments
    • Commissioner Style
    • Selecting Quality Leaders
  • College of Boy Scouting
    • Scoutmaster Position Specifics
    • Troop Committee Challenge
    • Scoutbook for Troops
    • Merit Badge Counselor Training
    • OA for the Non-Arrowman
    • Summer Camp Information Session
  • College of Cub Scouting
    • All Cub Leader Specifics Training
    • Events for Packs
    • Resident Camp Information Session
    • Cub Scout Advancement Basics
    • Day Camp Information Session
    • Scoutbook for Packs
    • Year Round Cub Scout Recruitment
  • College of Council Operations
    • Youth Protection Training
    • Council Annual Business Meeting
    • Charter Organization Representative Training
  • College of Exploring
    • Exploring Training
    • Exploring Youth Training
  • Youth Offerings (Intended to help facilitate program for Scouts that have parents attending Scouting U)
    • Journalism Merit Badge (Part 1)
    • Salesmanship Merit Badge (Part 1)
    • High Adventure – Sea Base & Philmont
    • Working at Summer Camp
    • Game Design Merit Badge
    • Chess Merit Badge
    • OA for Non-Arrowman
    • OA Troop Representative Training
    • Sustainability Merit Badge (Part 1)
    • Personal Management Merit Badge (Part 1)
  • Other Classes
    • Standard First Aid, CPE, & AED Certification (Extra $15)

Event Fees

Tuition (Includes Lunch)
The tuition fee is $25.00 per person if paid by January 14, 2017, at 11:45PM. Fees paid after January 14, 2017, at 11:45PM will be $35.00 per person.

Council Awards Luncheon Only
Participants have the option of only attending the awards lunch. The cost is $20.00 per person if paid by January 14, 2017, at 11:45PM. Fees paid after January 14, 2017 at 11:45PM will be $30.00 per person.

Registration

Individuals and units may register online by visiting https://scoutingevent.com/695-2017ScoutingU.

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Klondike is Approaching!

What is Klondike?

The 2017 Klondike Derby is a weekend event that Webelos 1 & 2, troops, and crews can participate in. Units will camp out on both Friday and Saturday night. The main program takes place during the day on Saturday. Participants will utilize troop or patrol constructed sleds to navigate and to haul gear around to 7 Alaskan cities. Youth are responsible for pulling the sled from city to city. Each sled can have a maximum of 8 Scouts. There is no minimum amount of Scouts that a sled needs. If a unit has more than one sled, the sleds must be identifiably different by patrol flag.

Each Alaskan city will test either a specific Scout skill or a combination of Scout skills. Participants are encouraged to study up and to sharpen their Scout skills before attending the Klondike Derby. Adults are strictly prohibited from helping any youth unless it is a health & safety issue.

After the team completes the activity, the city’s judges or mayor will score the unit based on how well they completed the task. No sled will be timed from city to city.

Sleds must be done with all cities and cross the finish line by 4:00PM. Sleds that do not cross the line will be scored “as-is.” Scores from each city will be combined to generate an overall score. The top 10 sleds will receive recognition from the Klondike Derby committee that afternoon or evening. All scoring decisions made by the Klondike Derby committee are final and may not be disputed.

When, Where, & How Much?

The 2017 Klondike will take place January 27-29, 2017 at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. The Klondike Derby fee is $20.00 for youth, $15.00 for adults, and $10.00 for staff who pay their total fee by January 15, 2017. Fees paid after January 15, 2017, will be $30.00 for youth and adults. The fee includes 2 nights of camping, Saturday lunch, program and support materials, registration materials, insurance, and recognition items during the weekend event.

Read the Leader’s Guide and Register!

You can register for this event at https://scoutingevent.com/695-2017Klondike. The Leader’s Guide is also available at that link under the “attachments” section or by clicking here.

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Rush Scout Night – Star Wars!

Scout Night at the Rush!

This year’s Scout Night at the Rush is gearing to be one of the most exciting Scout Nights ever. Why? Star Wars. Scout Night at the Rush will be a Star Wars themed hockey game that promises to excite both the youth and adults. Scouts & their families can obtain bowl tickets for only $13 per person. All Scouts attending will receive an event patch, be able to attend a player meet and greet, and have a chance to win a Star Wars hockey jersey with “Scouts” on the back.

One Scout will Recieve a Jersey!

One lucky Scout or adult will receive an official Star Wars hockey jersey that is signed by all the players. A drawing will take place at the conclusion of the game, and only Scouts and family members that attended that game are eligible for the drawing. By purchasing a ticket to the game, Scouts and family members will be automatically entered to win.

star-wars-jersey

Purchasing Your Tickets

Tickets for Scout Night at the Rush are to be purchased directly from the Rapid City Rush’s ticket office. Call them at 605-716-PUCK to purchase and to gather additional information. All Scouts and their families are eligible for our discount rate of $13 per person.

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Scouting for Food is Happening!

The Scouting for Food – Food Drive is on for December! We need Scouting units, church groups, and other organizations to help with this vital Black Hills food drive.

A Growing Need

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, and other organizations must carry on the tradition of service, and plan to give back to our community. The Feeding South Dakota Food Bank estimates that one out of eight people are food insecure. And, the need is growing every day. Through Scouting for Food, we have the opportunity to help alleviate this need.

Last year alone, over 65,000 pounds of food was collected throughout the Black Hills on a single Saturday, making this one of the largest food drives in the region. We need your help this year to collect even more food as the need for food continues to grow every day.

Resources

Check out our dedicated web page with a leader’s guide, key dates, and a map listing all the areas, for Rapid City, that your unit can sign-up for. This year, there is a sign-up form that will need to be filled out online to reserve an area. Areas will be reserved on a first come, first-serve basis.

Communities other than Rapid City, should call the Scout Service Center to register your unit with the Scouting for Food -Food Drive. Our phone number is 605-342-2824. These communities include; Hot Springs, Custer, Hill City, Spearfish, Deadwood/Lead, Sturgis, Summerset, and Piedmont.

Bags for the food drive will be available for pickup after November 21, 2016 at the Scout Service Center. Please contact the Scout Service Center with any questions you may have.

Check out our dedicated Scouting for Food page at http://www.blackhillsbsa.org/2016scoutingforfood/.

Scout Service Center
144 North Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
605-342-2824

THANK YOU for participating in this vital community initiative and service project!!!

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