Community Engagement

S.A.F.E.

Scouts and their parents expect all Boy Scouts of America activities to be conducted safely. To ensure the safety of participants, the Boy Scouts of America expects leaders to use the four points of SAFE when delivering the Scouting program.

Despite the pandemic, Scouts continue to serve their communities. While we take a face covering with us when we head out now, it’s important to remind ourselves what else we need to do to keep safely serving.

Take a look at these two updated risk assessment tools: the SAFE Project Planning List and the SAFE Project Tool Use you can also find both in the appendix to the Guide to Safe ScoutingSAFE is an acronym for safety points Scouts and Scouters should abide by before any activity, including service projects. If you would like a resaource as a helpful remonder just download and print the BSA S.A.F.E. Poster.

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BSA Summer Of Service

For over 100 years, Scouting families have answered the call to work together in service of the greater good. From public health drives…to caring for the environment…to assisting neighbors in need…Scouts have always been a force for positivity and goodness in our communities. It is what we do. It is part of our DNA. We serve others. Now more than ever, our world needs that Scouting spirit once again.
This summer, we’re stepping up!
We’re answering that call to give back to our communities through a Summer of Service!
Check out this link to find out how to get you and your unit involved in the BSA Summer of Service.
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Volunteers Needed!

The Black Hills Area Council is looking for individuals who are willing to volunteer at the council service center. Duties will include answering the phone, helping customers in the shop, and other light office type tasks. If you are willing to help, please contact Corey or Dawn to make arrangements. We are especially looking for people to help out March 30, 31 and April 1st. Thanks,

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Did you know you can create a fundraiser on Facebook to benefit the Black Hills Area Council?

It is so easy to create an online Fundraiser through Facebook and have the money donated benefit the Scouting Program right here in the Black Hills Area Council. All you need is to use this link to get started making your Charitable Fundariser to benefit the Black Hills Area Council today.  Remember even if someone gives a little can mean a whole lot.

Start a Facebook Fundraiser for BHAC Today!

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Black Hills Area Council Response to COVID-19

Dear Scouting Family,

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in Black Hills Area Council Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally with our Council Health Supervisor and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.

Status of Council Events

At this time, the following events have been cancelled or postponed:

  • Black Hills Area Leadership Breakfast – Originally scheduled March 25th.
  • Scout O Rama and Pinewood Derby – Originally scheduled March 21st.

You may monitor event updates here.

Decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines.

BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.

Everyday Preventive Measures

Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Stay home when you feel sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.

Yours in Scouting,

Corey J. Davis

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