Training

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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Council Board Passes New Training Requirements

On January 21, 2017 at the Council’s annual business meeting, the Council Board passed new training requirements for adult leaders. The Boy Scouts of America provides some of the finest leadership, team building, and outdoor skill training available anywhere and the dedicated volunteer trainers in our Council are waiting to provide that training to all Scout Leaders and volunteers. Whether you have been with Scouting for over 20 years or if this is your first, there is something new to learn.  This training is provided for all adult and youth leaders because the training is vital to the Scouting program at all levels.  The Black Hills Area Council understands the importance of training to the success of a unit and this policy requires all unit to adopt and adhere to it.

Black Hills Area Council Youth Protection Training Policy

The Black Hills Area Council believes that every registered Scout leader should have a current Youth Protection Training (YPT) Certificate.

First, all newly registering Scout Leaders must provide certification that they have completed the YPT training in order for the registration to be processed, as a membership requirement.  This can be accomplished either online or at the Scout Service Center.

Second, unfortunately, some YPT certifications expire during the year that a leader is registered with the BSA, thus leaving the registered leader uncertified in YPT. Many of these registered leaders have not been timely in getting the YPT competed once lapsed.

Effective January 1, 2018, without exception, all adult registrations and re-registrations will require that the Scouter’s YPT Certificate be valid for the full duration of the new registration or recharter term.

While the YPT certificate is good for two (2) years of training, any Scouter taking the course in 2017 is covered for the reregistration in 2018 but will have to take the course again at some time in 2018 to be covered for registration for the year 2019.

This policy will reduce the time required by staff and volunteers to manage the compliance with the BSA standard of 100% YPT training. The Council Registrar shall be responsible for ensuring full implementation of this policy.

Justification

  1. YPT is the one training that BSA mandates for every Scouter, regardless of seniority or position in Scouting.
  2. Parents who entrust their youth in our care expect us to take every step and every precaution to ensure their safety.
  3. YPT principles are widely recognized as among the best in the field of youth protection. BSA’s YPT course for Cubs and Scouts, as well as the YPT course for Explorers, Venturers and Sea Scouts, have been carefully designed to address issues that might occur in the respective programs.
  4. Completion of YPT not only makes the individual Scouter aware of the YPT standards in their own conduct, but it also raises the sensitivity and awareness of those standards in a group situation.
  5. The BSA and the Black Hills Area Council currently do not have effective programs that will notify a Scouter that his/her YPT Certificate is about to expire.
  6. The names and units of Scouters whose YPT has expired or who has not never taken YPT are available to the leadership of the Council and each District through https://my.scouting.org and can be provided to all units upon request so that expiration dates may be reviewed. Any unit key-3 leader can request a copy of the unit YPT status at any time.  The Council will send a copy to the unit each year in September to allow the unit to start the YPT training update prior to the recharter process starting.
  7. YPT completion is not difficult to achieve. Taking 30 minutes annually helps ensure our Scouts are safer is time well spent. All the courses are offered online, for free, at https//My.Scouting.org, and can also be offered at the unit level by request and is available during any office hours at the Scout Service Center in Rapid City. If a Scouter needs help to get on My.Scouting.org, they should contact the Scout Service Center.
  8. The Council’s current policy of requiring a current YPT Certification at the time of registering or re-registering has not worked to improve the situation. Since mid-2013 the percentage of Black Hills Area Council Scouters with a current YPT Certification has ranged between 80-85%.
  9. The BSA has been sued for alleged youth abuse acts that took place in the past and that would be in clear violation of today’s YPT standards. Such suits defame BSA and are costly. While there may not be much we can do about events that occurred in the past, and in some cases, decades ago, if we implement the above policy we can say, “today the Black Hills Area Council aggressively pursues a 100% Youth Protection Training Policy.”

Black Hills Area Council Position\Leader Specific Training Policy

The Black Hills Area Council believes that every registered Scout leader should be trained in the primary position in which they are registered.  This is also may be defined as those Scout Leaders in Direct-Contact position.  It shall be the policy of the Black Hills Area Council that all direct-contact leaders must become trained in that position within the first year as registered in the position.  Much of this training is provided online at my.scouting.org so an early investment in that training is vital to providing the best quality program for the unit they are serving. This is especially important to any new Cub Scout leader with no previous Scouting experience.

Direct-Contact leader positions are those that have direct responsibilities for the operations of a unit’s program as are as follow:

  • Cub Scouts: Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Den Leaders, and Committee Chairman
  • Boy Scouts: Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Committee Chairman
  • Venturing: Crew Advisor, Associate Crew Advisor, and Committee Chairman
  • Varsity Scouts: Coach, Assistant Coach, and Committee Chairman
  • Exploring: Post Advisor, Assocaite Post Advisor, and Committee Chairman
  • Other: Chartered Organization Representative, Merit Badge Counselors, committee members, etc. (a trained leader report can be provided for any unit upon request)

Unit Leaders who have not completed the required training will not be permitted to re-register in that position when the unit’s charter is being renewed.  Over the past few years, the Council has struggled to attain a trained percentage above 25%.  It is widely known that units and Councils that maintained a higher trained leader level, generally have better programs that comply with the BSA guidelines, and then retain more youth and leaders for longer periods of time.

The Black Hills Area Council sponsors a Scouting ‘U’ annually with numerous adult training opportunities to meet these requirements.  Adult training is also offered during the youth Merit Badge Midway and other training for a unit may be offered upon request by units or as the needs exist.  Supplemental adult training is also offered at the Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch as well as other camps that a unit may visit during the summer. The Council requires all contact leaders to be trained and wearing the “Trained” patch for the position they are registered in.

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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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