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2016-2017 Camp Wish List

Annual Wish List

Every year at this time we typically publish a wish list for Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. To keep camp functioning and for it to make a continued improvement, it requires a wide array of resources in the form of supplies, labor, and money. The camp and the staff that operates the camp strive to be a top-notch facility for Scouts from all over the country to visit year-round. Having the resources listed below will help us offer a quality program and experience at Medicine Mountain while competing with over 250+ other BSA camps nationwide.

If you or your organization or company is interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please give us a call at 605-342-2824 or send an email to Bryan.Combs@Scouting.org. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

2016-2017 Wish List

  • Stump Grinder Attachment for Bobcat
  • Mini Excavator
  • Pine Cone Stain for Buildings at Camp
  • Reams of White Paper
  • Donation of $500,000 for New Showerhouse at Camp
  • Sheets of Drywall
  • New Archery Equipment
  • $50,000 for New Shotgun Range at Camp
  • $10,000 to $15,000 donation for New Camp Shelters and Picnic Tables
  • Office Supplies (pens, pencils, paperclips, highlighters, etc)
  • 2-12 Gauge Shotguns
  • 2-20 Gauge Shotguns
  • Shotgun Shells for 20 and 12 gauge
  • Clay Pigeons for Shotgun Shooting
  • Volunteers to Serve as Merit Badge Counselors
  • Skill Trades Volunteers
  • Carpet or Flooring Donation for Council Office
  • Paint (used or unused)
  • Gravel for Roads
  • Culverts fir Road Improvements
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning Supples
  • Two Electric Washers
  • Two Electric Dryers
  • Hardware
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Hoses
  • New BB Guns & BBs
  • Miscellaneous Lumber
  • $500 for Boy Scout Canvas Tents
  • $100 for Each New Cot
  • $10,000 or Polaris Ranger or like UTV for Camp
  • White EZups
  • $1,000 Donations to Council Endowment
  • 10 – 8′ Folding Tables
  • New Maintenance and Plow Truck
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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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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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International Scouting

 

Applications are being accepted for the United States Contingent to the 24th World Scout Jamboree!
To get started, go to wsj2019.us/apply!
Here you can find the latest information about this once-in-a-lifetime Jamboree website: wsj2019.us

WHAT’s a World Scout Jamboree?  

The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is the largest regular event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM),
gathering up to 50,000 Scouts from more than 169 countries around the World.

It is an educational event to promote peace and understanding among young people from different cultures.

The World Scout Jamboree includes many activities available at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve.

For more information, visit the host website at 2019wsj.org.

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia from July 21, 2019, to August 2, 2019.
Participation is open to eligible youth (age 14 – 17), unit leaders (18 and older) and International Service Team (IST), who serve as Jamboree Staff (18 and older).

The first Jamboree took place in England in 1920 and the 2019 WSJ will be the 24th Jamboree in Scouting history!

Join in the Fun!

Adventure, Friendship, Service, Sustainability, and Leadership are all wonderful ingredients on their own.

Put them together and they form a truly unforgettable meal.

Willy Xiao, a member of the Jamboree planning team known as The Dream Team, shares his recipe for a World Scout Jamboree.

https://wsj2019.us/2017/10/02/a-recipe-for-a-world-jamboree/

 

Stay in touch with all things World Jamboree:

USA contingent website: wsj2019.us

Social Media: @wsj2019usa

World Jamboree Program2019wsj.org

Email: uscontingent2019@scouting.org

Have questions, call:   (972) 580-2489

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Summer Camp Staff – Now Hiring

There’s no better way to spend your summer!  If you enjoy working with kids, believe in the Scouting program, and love camp, then the Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch & Adventure Base is a great place to work and play. Each summer we hire over 40 men and women to serve as part of our camp staff.  This life-changing opportunity is a great, fun, and rewarding place to be.

Imagine living at a camp for the summer and working, playing, and learning in the outdoors.  You’ll meet plenty of new friends, some that may stick with you for the rest of your life.  You’ll get some great new experiences too as you challenge yourself. We’re personally biased, but we honestly believe working on a camp staff is a life-changing experience that everyone should have the opportunity to do. When a young man or woman works on camp staff they become:

  1. A Good Communicator
  2. A Life-long Learner
  3. A Self-starter
  4. A Resilient Individual
  5. A Problem Solver
  6. A Creative Thinker
  7. A Detail-Oriented Worker
  8. A Leader
  9. A Team Player
  10. A Solid Work Ethic

Benefits

  • Free Room & Board
  • Utilities Provided
  • 18 Meals Provided Each Week
  • Private Showers & Restroom Facilities
  • Free Laundry Facilities
  • WiFi
  • Free Medicine Mountain Apparel
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Beautiful Location
  • Internship & Co-op Opportunities (on request)
  • Weekly Stipend

2018 Status of Positions

As of today we still have openings for our 2018 camp staff in Nature, Handicraft, Outdoor Skills, Trading Post, Shooting Sports, and High Adventure.

How to Apply

Interested Scouts, Individuals, or Parents of Scouts should contact the Council office at 605-342-2824. Youth can serve on staff starting at age 14 as a Counselor-in-Training. Paid summer camp staff must be age 15 or older.

The benefits of serving as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT): When CITs return to work as a paid summer camp staff member, they will be paid a grade higher than a paid staff member starting their job at age 15. CITs are also able to work at the camp for a shorter time frame, if needed, instead of the full 6-7 weeks. Please inquire about shorter commitments.

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Join us for the 80th Mount Rushmore Pilgrimage!

The Mount Rushmore Pilgrimage has been a tradition since 1938. At the first hike, there were only images of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln on the Mountain. The final carving, Teddy Roosevelt, was still under construction. That was 80 years ago! Hike with us into Mount Rushmore for the 80th time!

Scouts camp at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch, wake up in the morning to begin the hike! Hikers hike in on 4 different trails throughout the Black Hills where they all end up at Mount Rushmore!

Join us for this incredibly patriotic expiernce September 7th-9th! Click here to register today!

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