Council News

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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Silver Antelope Nominations Due November 30th, 2020

2021 Silver Antelope Nominations
It is time to nominate deserving volunteers for the 2021 Silver Antelope Award.
Nomination forms with no more than two recommendation letters must be submitted together electronically to the National Service Center at OfficeOfCentralRegion@scouting.org no later than November 30, 2020.  Reminder – The candidate should not be notified of this nomination.
When submitting the Silver Antelope nomination form electronically, please include as much correct and relevant information about the nominee as possible. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Be sure the nominee’s name is spelled correctly and highlight all contributions to youth inside and outside of Scouting. Additional endorsement letters from specific areas may be included, provided they feature detailed explanations of the nominee’s contributions and are not just letters saying how great the nominee is.
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There are a LOT of well-deserving BSA volunteers who have given longtime service to youth…here’s one way you can assist the BSA with recognizing them!

The Silver Antelope Award recognizes BSA volunteers for service to youth within one of the four Regions – Northeast, Southern, Central or Western – of the BSA. This isn’t a “thank you” for service as a Regional or Regional Area leader or Commissioner but rather a “thank you” for service as a BSA volunteer in some sort or nature for a period of time.
Scoutmasters and Commissioners have been awarded the Silver Antelope Award in the past; so have many people who have served on various committees and task forces at the Region or Regional Area basis.
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Please nominate those you feel deserve this special honor…and on behalf of so many volunteers, professionals, and PARENTS — thank you for your participation, service, and leadership to Scouting!!!
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Product Recall on Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Pin

A recall has been issued for Cub Scout Outdoor Activity pins sold from 2016 through earlier this year. Please bring them in the Scout Shop to return and exchange your pin. Please see the official statement below at this link.

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Online Giving Platform Now LIVE!

Give online to support the Black Hills Area Council today via credit card or make a pledge! Click on the link below to support the Black Hills Area Council!

https://www.blackhillsbsa.org/give/

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Attend Roundtable through Zoom!

While there will be no in person Roundtable this month, we will be holding a virtual Rountable via Zoom! Thursday, April 9th at 6:30PM. Please join the meeting at the link below!

 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/176236861?pwd=SVRPQnJETXp5bHpRQlg4Sm5xdE0xdz09

Meeting ID: 176 236 861
Password: 003976

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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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Give Today for #GivingTuesday happening this Tuesday December 1st, 2020

Please support the Black Hills Area Council and give today! Give through the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/blackhillsbsa/

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