Orange & Black Apparel Sale starts October 24th and ends October 31st, 2018. So come on into the Scout Shop at the Black Hills Area Council Office and pick up your set today.
On February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America will begin admitting girls into Scouts BSA.
One of the characteristics of Scouting—for over a hundred years—is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life. And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
The policies of the BSA indicate that, except in extraordinary circumstances, a youth desiring to achieve the rank of Eagle must do so before the youth’s 18th birthday. This will continue to be our policy.
It is in the interests of the entire BSA, and in fact our nation, that all girls who join the BSA in 2019 should have an opportunity to earn their Eagle Scout rank should they diligently and promptly complete all requirements.
Accordingly, after carefully considering recommendations from stakeholders, including feedback from volunteers and professionals at the 2018 Top Hands Meeting, the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America has approved temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award.
To preserve the integrity of the Eagle Scout Award, no exceptions to or waivers of any of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Award are permitted under this limited exception, and all requirements must be completed while the individual is a registered member of Scouts BSA, or after achieving the First-Class Rank in Scouts BSA (as specified in the BSA Guide to Advancement).
Black Hills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has invited all Boy Scouts to a special celebration of the signing of the constitution at America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit on Monday, Sept. 17 at 4:00. Scouts will take part in the event by ringing the “Liberty Bell”, lowering the American Flag, and getting to go inside the exhibit for free to see the replicas of the men who signed this important document.
Patriotism and Scouting go hand in hand, that is without question. When the annual Mt. Rushmore Pilgrimage began 80 years ago, Mt. Rushmore was not even complete. Despite that fact Scouts and Scouters still wanted to pay their respects to the Presidents featured on the sculpture. This time honored event has become a key event in Scouting in the Black Hills and this history runs deep. In 1940, the Region 10 conference coincided with the 3rd Annual event and James E. West, the first Chief Scout Executive, was in attendance.
Don’t miss your chance to become a part of the history of this monumental event! Register for Pilgrimage today! https://scoutingevent.com/695-2018Pilgrimage
There is an opportunity for individuals to sign up for service hours through collecting canned food at the Central States Fair on Friday, August 17th beginning at 2pm. Scouts are asked to be in Class A uniform, bring water bottles, and sunscreen. There is also room for adults as well! Sign up for a shift today at http://signup.com/go/tJmFWHT
The wait is over, and we now know what we’ll call the program for 11- to 17-year-old youth when girls can begin joining during the scheduled launch on Feb. 1, 2019.
Let’s hear it for Scouts BSA!
Boys and girls who are part of Scouts BSA will be known as Scouts. Just as before, these Scouts will earn merit badges, go camping and work toward the Eagle Scout Award.
The organization name, Boy Scouts of America, will not change.
Scouts BSA builds on the legacy of the Scout name. There’s a Scout salute, a Scout rank, a Scout Oath and a Scout Law. The word “Scout” carries with it more than 108 years of character-building tradition, and the young men and young women of Scouts BSA will carry that tradition forward.
“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible,” says BSA Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh. “That is why it is important that the name for our iconic Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single-name approach used for the Cub Scouts.”
Beginning during the scheduled launch of Feb. 1, 2019, girls can join all-girl troops. Boys can continue to join all-boy troops. Scouts BSA will not have any mixed-gender, or coed, troops.
This is an exciting time for the BSA, and the Scouts BSA name is the perfect representation of this new, welcoming program for older youth.
Questions and answers about Scouts BSA
Q: Will the name of the organization change?
A: No, the organization’s name will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.
Q: When will the change from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA be effective?
A: The scheduled launch date for Scouts BSA is Feb. 1, 2019.
Q: What will the members of the program be called?
A: Scouts — same as today. A boy or girl might say, “I’m in Scouts BSA. I’m a Scout.”
Q: Will the Boy Scout Handbook be updated to reflect the new name?
Q: What does the change to Scouts BSA mean for Venturing?
A: Nothing about Venturing will change. The BSA’s program for boys and girls ages 14 to 20 (or 13 and done with the 8th grade) will continue as normal.
BSA introduces ‘Scout Me In’ campaign
Today’s excitement only begins with Scouts BSA.
The BSA also announced “Scout Me In,” a crisp, modern campaign to invite young people and families to be a part of the life-changing experience of Scouting.
“Scout Me In” is more than a catchy tagline. It’s a reinforcement that the values we all celebrate in Scouting — encapsulated in the Scout Oath and Scout Law — are relevant for both young men and young women.
“Scout Me In” is a call to action. A call for togetherness. A call for celebration.
It’s also a call to create a cool new campaign logo.
The BSA has unveiled three versions of the logo: one with the BSA fleur-de-lis, one with the Cub Scout logo and one with the Boy Scouts/Scouts BSA logo. A Spanish-language version is coming soon.
Also coming soon: More than 300 recruiting assets showing boys, girls, and pack activities with boys and girls — all in English, Spanish and bilingual versions. You’ll find those at the BSA Brand Center.
These recruiting materials will help councils and packs give families the invitation to say, “Scout Me In.”
How to use ‘Scout Me In’
Here are just a few ideas:
- Include the “Scout Me In” assets in recruitment campaigns this fall.
- Add the “Scout Me In” logo and assets to websites, social media channels, emails, newsletters, events, banners and signage. Basically, use it anywhere you can reach volunteers and families.
- Use the “Scout Me In” concept to tell the story of Family Scouting in your community.
- Post with the hashtag #ScoutMeIn when sharing Family Scouting-focused social media content.
The Black Hills Area National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Committee will be holding an Eagle Scout Recognition Reception, held in honor of the 2017 class of Eagle Scouts. This reception will occur on March 23, 2018, from 5:00PM – 6:00PM in the Hall of Fame in the King Center on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Campus. Check-in will begin at 4:30PM in the hallway outside of the Hall of Fame. Refreshments and Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided and complimentary for 2017 Eagle Scouts, and just $10 per person for any guests you wish to bring (parents, mentors, etc.).
We hope you join us as we recognize our Eagle Scout class of 2017!
Eagle Scout Class of 2017
|Simon K.||Troop 12|
|Heath V.||Troop 44|
|Hunter K.||Troop 7|
|Andrew W.||Troop 72|
|Ben S.||Troop 72|
|Landon O.||Troop 72|
|Ryan A.||Troop 72|
|Logan B.||Troop 25|
|Nathan S.||Troop 72|
|Jacob F.||Troop 7|
|Wesley S.||Troop 85|
|Sam N.||Troop 25|
|Cole K.||Troop 60|
|James P.||Troop 99|
|Ben P.||Troop 72|
|Ethan E.||Troop 72|
|David R.||Troop 72|
|Ethan J.||Troop 12|
|Seamus E.||Troop 72|
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.
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 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.
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.Register to Attend