New Cub Scout Program – Roundtable Presentation

This is the recording of the Black Hills Area Council’s April Roundtable Presentation on the New Cub Scout Program that takes affect on June 1st, 2024 presented by Lisa Wylie from the National Cub Scouting Committee.

Click Here to watch the recorded video about the NEW CUB SCOUT PROGRAM


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Annual Leadership Breakfast

Black Hills Area Council’s
February 22, 2024
Refelcting on the Past, Building for the Future. . . Together
Featured Speaker
Derek Parra

We are very excited to invite everyone to attend our Annual Leadership Breakfast. Come out for a delicious breakfast, hear about scouting in the Black Hills and get inspired by our guest speaker.Derek Parra grew up with a love and talent for the sport of inline skating. He became the most decorated athlete in the history of inline skating.

A Mexican-American transitioned to the ice at the age of 16. As a long track speed skater, he won multiple medals around the world culmunating in an Olympic gold medal in the 1,500 and silver in the 5,000 in Salt Lake City. Parra continued to compete through the 2006 Winter Olympics and retired as a skater after the Torino Games.

Derek’s book, Reflections in the Ice, chronicles his inspiring journey from his humble beginnings to Olympic glory. Join us for a moving presentation about perserverance in life and in Scouting.

IF you are unable to attend but would like to donate to support Scouting in the Black Hills please donate using the Facebook link on this post or on the donate link on our council website.


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Scouts BSA 2024 Rank and Merit Badge updates

As part of continuous improvements, changes have been made to rank and merit badge requirements. Attached is a list of those changes that will take effect on January 1, 2024. These changes will also appear in ScoutBook.

Click here to go to the Scouts BSA 2024 Rank and Merit Badge Updates

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They lost a piece of girlhood, then reclaimed it in an unlikely place

They lost a piece of girlhood, then reclaimed it in an unlikely place

Isolated by covid and technology, young women go on a quest for friendship at the formerly boys-only Scouts National Jamboree – by Anne Branigin

This is a Washington Post article written about scouting, how Scouting is the solution to the negative impact of COVID on youth development and today’s digital culture. And so much more. . .

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Cub Scouting Adventures

Cub Scouts earn adventures that are specific to their grade and rank. A number of adventures must be completed to earn the badge of rank for each grade level. Adventures may be earned in any order. Completion of adventures is how the aims of character, citizenship, leadership, and personal fitness are developed. For details, you can download a PDF of this handy chart by clicking the link to the article below.

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Incident Reporting in the BSA: How It Works, and Why It Is Important

Incidents can occur even when the program is delivered as designed. That’s when the BSA’s incident reporting comes into play.

Click here to read the article about BSA’s commitment to Keeping Kids Safe.

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What do parents like about Cub Scouting?

Here are the 5 Things You Need to Know. 

New Cub Scout enrollment has continued to trend in the right direction. In fact, on one single day in September 2022, the BSA added 8,000 new Cub Scout families!

Now begins the part of the year when we have to make sure we deliver what we’ve promised to all these new members.

The good news is, the BSA knows what parents like about Cub Scouting. In technical terms, it’s called “key drivers of satisfaction.” In simpler terms, it means that if we can provide families with these five things, we greatly increase the chances of them staying in the program longer, and maybe even sharing all those positive vibes with their non-Scouting friends.

Pat Wellen, the BSA’s director of research, recently joined an episode of #CubChatLive to talk about what Cub Scout leaders can do to make sure they deliver the things that families are looking for.

“We do quarterly surveys, so by the end of the year, we’ve talked to all the Cub Scout parents that we have an email address for,” says Wellen. “We know what drives unit satisfaction. And if you’re satisfied, you stay.”

Click Here to Read the Complete Article

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Calling All Gamers: Sign Up for the BSA E-Sports Tournaments Happening during October 2022

Check out the series lineup below.

Rocket League – 3v3

  • When? Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. ET
  • What platforms can I use? PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch
  • Ages 8-12 can register here.
  • Ages 13-17 can register here.

Madden 23 – Solos

  • When? Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. ET
  • What platforms can I use? Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Ages 8-12 can register here.
  • Ages 13-17 can register here.
(Note: Players using Xbox Series X | S must have the MVP Edition in order to download the Xbox One version to enable crossplay)

Smash Ultimate – Solos

  • When? Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. ET
  • What platforms can I use? Nintendo Switch
  • Ages 8-12 can register here.
  • Ages 13-17 can register here.
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Dynamic Recruitment Webinar Series – FALL 2022

Dynamic Recruitment Webinar Series – Fall 2022
The 2022 National Membership Growth Initiatives “Adventure On” recruiting focus continues with the Fall Dynamic Recruitment Webinar Series. Dynamic Recruitment is a year-round process of proactively seeking youth/families through everyday intentional interactions with friends, acquaintances, colleagues, etc. Over time, these interactions produce recruitment results.

Volunteers and professionals are invited to learn more about Dynamic Recruitment methods. We will conduct two webinars focusing on practical ways to implement Dynamic Recruitment methods into your overall recruitment strategy.

Feel free to invite all professional staff and volunteers to attend one of the two available options by clicking on the registration links.


Webinar 1 Topic: What Is Dynamic Recruiting?
Time: Sep 13, 2022, 7-8pm Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this webinar:



Webinar 2 Topic: Getting Started with Dynamic Recruiting
Time: Sep 21, 2022, 7-8pm Central Time (US and Canada)

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Looking for marketing tools?
You can find #AdventureOn recruitment assets on the BSA Brand Center.

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Here Is A Great Pack Recruitment Resource

This one-page resource is designed for commissioners, district committees, unit serving executives, and anyone else who is supporting Cub Scout leaders. It gives a quick visual of what is required at each activities are required to earn each rank.

You can click here to download the poster for Cub Scout & WEBELOS Rank Requirements

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