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Nominate your Leader for an Award!

It is time once again to recognize our volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication to the Scouting program! Please nominate leaders for the awards listed on this webpage. Please have all nominations turned into the Black Hills Area Council Office by Friday, December 20th, 2019. The Award Luncheon will take place on Saturday, February 22nd!

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Join us for Scout Night at the Rush December 28th!

BHAC Scout Night at The Rush
December 28th, 2019
Rapid City RUSH vs. Wichita THUNDER

This year the BHAC Scout Night at the RUSH will be taking place on Saturday December 28th, 2019. Please use the ticket link below to purchase tickets for the game. Each ticket purchased will support the Black Hills Area Council.

Ticket Link for 12.28.19 game
RUSH vs. THUNDER
https://fevo.me/31ANqvC

Also please register for the event with the following link below to help us keep track on how many people are planning to attend. Registering on the council event does not get you a ticket to the game and you will still need to purchase your ticket to the game with the link provided above.

So come on out to the game and Let’s Play Hockey!!!

https://scoutingevent.com/695-RushScoutNight2019

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Fee Increase Information

For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. At Boy Scouts of America, we are dedicated to developing leaders of character by preparing young men and women for life by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The timeless ideals of the Scout Law, such as being trustworthy, helpful, kind and brave, make up the foundation young people need to address and overcome challenges in their lives and the issues facing their generation.

Now as we continue the Scouting mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world. While costs to the organization have increased every year, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the level we have in the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically. We kept the cost low to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible but keeping the cost artificially low for many years now magnifies the impact of changes.

To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has made the difficult but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020 to:

  • $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts,
  • $36 for youth members in Exploring, and
  • $36 for adult members
  • $60 for unit charter fees

Every dollar of the national membership fee will go toward the cost of essential services, including liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, program resources, safety standards, youth protection and personal safety training, and services to councils nationwide to sustain Scouting. The National organization will also continue to develop and improve resources that support our volunteers and youth members such as online registration, Member Care and Scoutbook, which now includes the Den Leader experience to ensure the safe and consistent delivery of Cub Scouting; as well as improvements aimed at simplifying the annual renewal process.

Across the country and in our own community, we know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. From once-in-a-lifetime adventures to merit badges that spark interests and future careers; from campouts under the stars to service projects that leave a lasting impact on our communities; Scouting’s year-round program expands horizons and provides young people with a safe and welcoming place to learn, grow, and thrive.

That is why we are committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation. In addition to our existing council and unit membership assistance, we have established a national Growing Future Leaders Fund, which is funded entirely through donations, to provide additional financial support to those who need it.

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Beltloop-A-Palooza CANCELLED!

Due to cold temperatures expected on Saturday, October 12th, the Cub Scout Belt Loopalooza at Jewel Cave has been cancelled. The Loopalooza is designed to be an outdoor event, making weather an uncontrollable factor. We hope you understand that the health and safety of Scouts, guardians, and volunteers always comes first.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this change of plans may cause. Please plan on joining us for the Loopalooza in July, 2020.

If you cave any questions or concerns, please feel free to call (605) 673-8300 or send an email to jeca_interpretation@nps.gov.”

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Attend Fall Festival! Register Today!

Enjoy a fun day for the family at Medicine Mountain! This event is designed for all Scouts and their families so come out and enjoy this event October 25th to the 27th! Register at the link below!

https://scoutingevent.com/695-FallFestival2019

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Sign up for a Scouting for Food Area Today!

Do good for your community and help collect food for the 2019 Scouting for Food! Check out our Food Drive website linked below for more information!

fooddrive.blackhillsbsa.org

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Get Trained at Fall Training Weekend!

We will be offering BALOO and IOLS training on the weekend of November 1st to the 3rd at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch! Every Scout deserves a trained leader so come on out and get trained! Register at the link below!

https://scoutingevent.com/695-FallTrainingWeekend2019

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Council Service Center Closed Friday, October 4th

The Council Office will be closed this Friday, October 4th. Please plan accordingly.

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Office Closing at 4PM on Sept. 6th

We will be closing at 4PM today, September 6th, due to the Mount Rushmore Pilgrimage! Please plan accordingly!

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Register for the 81st Mount Rushmore Pilgrimage!

Are you ready to hike the faces? Register for the 81st Mount Rushmore Pilgrimage today! This is a great opportunity for Scouts and leaders to get out and hike the Hills! Register at this link to hike at pilgrimage!

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