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Upcoming Youth Protection Training Dates

 

This is the recently updated Youth Protection Training that is required in order to work with Youth Members of the Boy Scouts of America.
The training must be completed annually and the cost is FREE!!!

Sign up online today at the following link because every Scout deserves a Trained Leader!
https://scoutingevent.com/695-2018YouthProtection

 

SPEARFISH ~ October 23, 2018
Our Savior Lutheran Church • 1020 State St, Spearfish, SD 57783
Starts at 6:00 pm

CUSTER ~ October 29, 2018
Senior Center • 538 Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730
Starts at 6:00pm

RAPID CITY ~ November 08, 2018
Latter Day Saints Church • 2250 Moon Meadows Dr. Rapid City SD 57701
Starts at 6:00pm

 

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Scouting for Food!

There are still spots open for Scouting for Food!

Sign up for an area today! Click here to find the areas map and instructions fooddrive.blackhillsbsa.org

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Scouts BSA Eagle Rank Update

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).

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Constitution Day

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.

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Pilgrimage is a Monumental Event!

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

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Council Office and Scout Shop Closed August 17th

The Council Office and Scout Shop will be closed on August 17th from 1PM through the end of the day. We will reopen on Monday, August 20th with normal hours.

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Central States Fair Service Hours Opportunity

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

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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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BSA unveils name of program for older boys and girls, launches ‘Scout Me In’ campaign

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?

A: Yes.

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.
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Spring Camporee

Spring Camporee will take place on May 11th-13th. This year it combines great service with learning about railroading.  Activities allow every qualified Boy Scout to earn the railroading merit badge without pre-requisite work.  This is Casey Koutstaal’s Venturing Summit Award Project.

Scouts will arrive at the event location and visit several stations.  Youth will be teaching various merit badge requirements to other youth.  They will be chaperoned by trained professionals and enthusiasts.  The “learning” scout should interact with the counselor and upon completion have the blue card signed by the counselor.  The “learning” scout should move from station to station (including the train ride) until all minimum requirements have been satisfied.  Scouts are encouraged to enjoy all booths, even those that are beyond the minimum requirements.  If you are unable to get through all the booths during the designated time, there will be an opportunity to complete missing requirements at the campground.

Register at: https://scoutingevent.com/695-2018Camporee

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