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Scouting U is for You!

What is it?

The Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” As Scout leaders, we need to be prepared to give all Scouts the best program and leadership possible. Scouting U is one of the premier training events in the council. As a one day event, it is the easiest way to prepare adult leaders to deliver the best possible Scouting programs and supplement the training of any Scouter, from novice to the most experienced. Scouting U offers courses in 5 different colleges:

  • College of Boy Scouting
  • College of Cub Scouting
  • College of Exploring
  • College of Commissioner Science
  • College of Council Operations

Participants will be able to enroll in any of the courses being offered. Some courses span the entire day, while other courses only last 50 minutes.

Council Awards Luncheon

Each year we recognize Scouts and Scouters throughout our council and district that make an impact. At this lunch, the Black Hills Area Council will present individuals with the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver for their contribution to Scouting. Additional awards presented will be: Board Member of the Year, Council Committee of the Year, Cubmaster of the Year, Scoutmaster of the Year, Assistant Scoutmaster of the Year, Crew Advisor of the Year, Committee Member of the Year, Post Advisor of the Year, Sparkplug Awards, Pack of the Year, Troop of the Year, Crew of the Year, Post of the Year, Scouting Family of the Year, Popcorn Awards, Veteran Awards, and other awards. All paid Scouting U participants will receive a ticket to the Council Awards Luncheon. To attend the luncheon only, please select the “Luncheon Only” registration option on the online registration.

Youth Protection Training Required

NEW FOR 2017. All adults must be current in Youth Protection Training before attending any class. Adults who show up not current in Youth Protection Training will be required to attend Youth Protection Training during period 1.

Class Listing

The following courses are being offered at the 2017 Scouting U. Some classes span multiple periods. Please see the event guide at https://scoutingevent.com/695-2017ScoutingU, under “attachments.”

  • College of Commissioner Science
    • Commissioner Basic Training
    • Contacting Units
    • Practical Solutions to Common Unit Needs
    • Commissioner Priorities
    • Collaborative Assessments
    • Commissioner Style
    • Selecting Quality Leaders
  • College of Boy Scouting
    • Scoutmaster Position Specifics
    • Troop Committee Challenge
    • Scoutbook for Troops
    • Merit Badge Counselor Training
    • OA for the Non-Arrowman
    • Summer Camp Information Session
  • College of Cub Scouting
    • All Cub Leader Specifics Training
    • Events for Packs
    • Resident Camp Information Session
    • Cub Scout Advancement Basics
    • Day Camp Information Session
    • Scoutbook for Packs
    • Year Round Cub Scout Recruitment
  • College of Council Operations
    • Youth Protection Training
    • Council Annual Business Meeting
    • Charter Organization Representative Training
  • College of Exploring
    • Exploring Training
    • Exploring Youth Training
  • Youth Offerings (Intended to help facilitate program for Scouts that have parents attending Scouting U)
    • Journalism Merit Badge (Part 1)
    • Salesmanship Merit Badge (Part 1)
    • High Adventure – Sea Base & Philmont
    • Working at Summer Camp
    • Game Design Merit Badge
    • Chess Merit Badge
    • OA for Non-Arrowman
    • OA Troop Representative Training
    • Sustainability Merit Badge (Part 1)
    • Personal Management Merit Badge (Part 1)
  • Other Classes
    • Standard First Aid, CPE, & AED Certification (Extra $15)

Event Fees

Tuition (Includes Lunch)
The tuition fee is $25.00 per person if paid by January 14, 2017, at 11:45PM. Fees paid after January 14, 2017, at 11:45PM will be $35.00 per person.

Council Awards Luncheon Only
Participants have the option of only attending the awards lunch. The cost is $20.00 per person if paid by January 14, 2017, at 11:45PM. Fees paid after January 14, 2017 at 11:45PM will be $30.00 per person.

Registration

Individuals and units may register online by visiting https://scoutingevent.com/695-2017ScoutingU.

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Holiday Calendar of Scout Shop Savings!

Throughout the middle of December, the Scout Shop will be having 10 days worth of sales! The Scout Shop will also be open on Saturday, December 17, from 9AM to 1PM for families to come and do their weekend shopping at the Scout Shop. Check out all the deals below!

Friday, December 9 – Survive the Holidays!
  • Camping gear & accessories 40% off
  • Sleeping bags and MacWagons 25% off
  • BOGO on MREs, free Survival Bandanas for every purchase of MREs.
Monday, December 12 – Cozy Christmas
  • Hoodies and vests 20% off
  • Tumblers, Mugs, & Lids 20% off
Tuesday, December 13 – White Sox, Red Sox, Blue Socks, Green Socks
  • Buy 2 or more pairs of socks and get 25% off!
Wednesday, December 14 – On the 4th day of Christmas, the Scout Shop gave to me…
  • Red or Blue Council T-Shirts – $10
  • 2016 Hike the Faces T-Shirt – $10
  • 2016 Hike the Faces Hats – $12
  • All Previous Year Hike the Faces T-Shirts – $3
  • 75th Pilgrimage T-Shirts – $3
Thursday, December 15 – Sharp Deal!
  • Cub Scout Knife – 25% off
Friday, December 16 – Pants on Fire!
  • Cub Scout Pants – $20
  • Boy Scout Canvas Pants – $30
  • Boy Scout Micro Fabric Pants – $35
Saturday, December 17 – Super Saturday
  • 10% off all purchases, excluding advancements
Monday, December 19 – Medicine Mountain Monday!
  • MMSR T-Shirts – Buy 2, Get 1 Free
  • MMSR Nike Polo – $5 off
Tuesday, December 20 – Badges, and Books, oh my!
  • Merit Badge Books – $3.99
  • Badge Magic Singles – $0.10 each
  • Badge Magic Sheets – $5.00 each
  • Arts, Crafts, Scrapbooking Items – 15% off
  • Scout Handbooks – 20% off
Wednesday, December 21 – Cap off the Holidays!
  • Uniform Shirts – 20% off
  • Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, & Boy Scout Hats – 20% off
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Order of the Arrow Update

November Order of the Arrow Update

Here’s the November update from your Lodge leadership…

  • Winter Banquet was a great event!  We held Lodge elections, presented awards, ran a pinewood derby (Trevor, Slade & Jeff took home trophies!), and enjoyed a BBQ dinner & fellowship.  Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this year’s Banquet a success.
  • Congratulations to Ian B. the new Lodge Chief & Jacob S. the new Lodge Vice Chief. We know you’ll both do a great job leading our Lodge. Our heartfelt thanks to Jonathon B. for his hard work and dedication as Lodge Chief over the last year. We also want to congratulate Jonathon on achieving Eagle Scout – a significant and noteworthy accomplishment. We are proud of you!  Note: We still need a Lodge Secretary, please see Ian if you’re interested.
  • The 2016 Founder’s Award was presented to Jonathon B. & Bruce C. Thank you both for your outstanding support to the Lodge and demonstrating the spirit of selfless service advocated by our founder Dr. E. Urner Goodman & co-founder Col. Carroll A. Edson.
  • We introduced the new Lodge patches: (1) a 3-piece red-white-blue set, (2) the 2016 Winter Banquet patch, and (3) the 2017 Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch (MMSR) Project patch. The new Lodge patches are on sale at the Scout Shop now!  Great stocking stuffers!
  • Upcoming event:  The Lodge will be serving hot chocolate at Klondike, MMSR, 28 January.
  • Section Conclave update:  Crazy Horse Lodge will host the W2N Section Conclave at MMSR, 21-23 April.  Conclave Vice Chief positions: Jonathon B. is Logistics Head, RJ C. is Service Projects, and Travis L. is Food.  We still need a volunteer for Newspaper – if you’re interested, please let Ian know.
  • NO LODGE MEETING THIS SUNDAY, 20 NOVEMBER.  The Key 3 will meet in early December.
  • You can now pay 2017 dues at the Scout Shop or on-line ($15)
  • We’ve already started conducting Troop elections for the 2017 Ordeal season.  Work with your PLC to schedule your Troop’s OA election & then let Ian know the date/time/place.

Check us out on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/120822751332857/  or search Crazy Horse Lodge-171

If you have any questions or concerns about this update, please let Jeff know (jchevy@hotmail.com or ph: 605.645.6925)

Stay involved in Lodge activities – we need everyone’s help to make our Lodge even better!

Yours in Cheerful Service,
Ian B., Lodge Chief
Jeff Merchant, Lodge Adviser
Bryan Combs, Staff Adviser

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Klondike is Approaching!

What is Klondike?

The 2017 Klondike Derby is a weekend event that Webelos 1 & 2, troops, and crews can participate in. Units will camp out on both Friday and Saturday night. The main program takes place during the day on Saturday. Participants will utilize troop or patrol constructed sleds to navigate and to haul gear around to 7 Alaskan cities. Youth are responsible for pulling the sled from city to city. Each sled can have a maximum of 8 Scouts. There is no minimum amount of Scouts that a sled needs. If a unit has more than one sled, the sleds must be identifiably different by patrol flag.

Each Alaskan city will test either a specific Scout skill or a combination of Scout skills. Participants are encouraged to study up and to sharpen their Scout skills before attending the Klondike Derby. Adults are strictly prohibited from helping any youth unless it is a health & safety issue.

After the team completes the activity, the city’s judges or mayor will score the unit based on how well they completed the task. No sled will be timed from city to city.

Sleds must be done with all cities and cross the finish line by 4:00PM. Sleds that do not cross the line will be scored “as-is.” Scores from each city will be combined to generate an overall score. The top 10 sleds will receive recognition from the Klondike Derby committee that afternoon or evening. All scoring decisions made by the Klondike Derby committee are final and may not be disputed.

When, Where, & How Much?

The 2017 Klondike will take place January 27-29, 2017 at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. The Klondike Derby fee is $20.00 for youth, $15.00 for adults, and $10.00 for staff who pay their total fee by January 15, 2017. Fees paid after January 15, 2017, will be $30.00 for youth and adults. The fee includes 2 nights of camping, Saturday lunch, program and support materials, registration materials, insurance, and recognition items during the weekend event.

Read the Leader’s Guide and Register!

You can register for this event at https://scoutingevent.com/695-2017Klondike. The Leader’s Guide is also available at that link under the “attachments” section or by clicking here.

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Rush Scout Night – Star Wars!

Scout Night at the Rush!

This year’s Scout Night at the Rush is gearing to be one of the most exciting Scout Nights ever. Why? Star Wars. Scout Night at the Rush will be a Star Wars themed hockey game that promises to excite both the youth and adults. Scouts & their families can obtain bowl tickets for only $13 per person. All Scouts attending will receive an event patch, be able to attend a player meet and greet, and have a chance to win a Star Wars hockey jersey with “Scouts” on the back.

One Scout will Recieve a Jersey!

One lucky Scout or adult will receive an official Star Wars hockey jersey that is signed by all the players. A drawing will take place at the conclusion of the game, and only Scouts and family members that attended that game are eligible for the drawing. By purchasing a ticket to the game, Scouts and family members will be automatically entered to win.

star-wars-jersey

Purchasing Your Tickets

Tickets for Scout Night at the Rush are to be purchased directly from the Rapid City Rush’s ticket office. Call them at 605-716-PUCK to purchase and to gather additional information. All Scouts and their families are eligible for our discount rate of $13 per person.

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Award Nominations Being Accepted

It’s that time of the year where we recognize the outstanding contributions that our volunteers make to the Scouting program here in the Black Hills. The Black Hills Area Council is currently accepting nominations for both the Silver Beaver Award and the District Award of Merit at the Scout Service Center until December 2, 2017, at 5PM mountain time.

Silver Beaver Award

Established in 1931, the Silver Beaver Award is presented for distinguished service to young people within a BSA local council. More than 50,000 recognition’s have been conferred to date. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest council recognition awarded to registered adults for distinguished service to youth, upon nomination by the Local Council to the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America. The awards are bestowed at appropriate local functions. Silver Beaver Awards are presented on the basis of the number of units in a council.

The award is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Cub Scout Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, Venturing Leaders, Varsity Scouters, District Level Scouters and Council Level Scouters within the territory under the jurisdiction of a local council.

To fill out a nomination form for a deserving volunteer, please visit http://www.blackhillsbsa.org/forms/. Find the Silver Beaver nomination form under “Nominations.”

District Award of Merit

The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts.  The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.  It is the highest award that a District can present.

To fill out a nomination form for a deserving volunteer, please visit http://www.blackhillsbsa.org/forms/.  Find the “District Award of Merit nomination form under “Nominations.”

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Annual Passes are Here

Annual passes have arrived at the Black Hills Area Council! These passes cover council events (see list below) throughout 2017 and make the perfect popcorn prize or present this holiday season. Purchase your Annual Passes at the Scout Service Center now through December 31, 2016.

What are Annual Passes?

Brand new this year, Annual Passes are a way for both youth and adults to pre-purchase council events. By purchasing an Annual Pass, the pass holder will save money in the long run over paying for event fees as council events happen. Approximate savings are listed below for each type of annual pass.

How Does it Work?

Upon purchase at the Scout Service Center, you will receive a business card size pass with your name on the back. In addition to the pass, you will receive a paper with various voucher codes on them. This is the important part of your pass. On this paper will be all the events included on your pass with a voucher code next to it. When it is time to register for an event, you will need to give the event’s voucher code for the pass holder to the person who is registering the unit for the event. If you are registering as an individual, you can enter the voucher code yourself.

Voucher codes will subtract the pass holder’s base registration cost. Each voucher code is specific to the event and specific to the pass holder.

Types of Annual Passes

Boy Scout Youth Annual Pass – $175.00
  • Klondike Derby
  • Merit Badge Midway
  • Spring Camporee
  • Summer Days
  • Pilgrimage
  • Fall Festival
Boy Scout Adult Annual Pass – $90.00
  • Scouting University
  • Council Awards Luncheon
  • Klondike Derby
  • Merit Badge Midway
  • Spring Camporee
  • Pilgrimage
  • Fall Festival
Cub Scout Youth Annual Pass – $140.00
  • Council Pinewood Derby
  • Spring Camporee
  • Resident Camp
  • Pilgrimage
  • Fall Festival
Cub Scout Adult Annual Pass – $60.00
  • Scouting University
  • Council Awards Luncheon
  • Spring Camporee
  • Pilgrimage
  • Fall Festival

*Pass does not include Cub Scout Resident Camp for 2017. Expect Resident Camp adult fee to be $20 per adult.

Program Policies & Rules

  1. The sale of an annual pass is final. No refunds will be permitted, for any situation including medical and family emergencies.
  2. Annual Passes are non-transferable. Passes are only valid and are to be only used by the pass holder. Use by someone other than the pass holder will result in the termination of the annual pass.
  3. Annual passes are not pro-rated.
  4. Based upon the type of annual pass, the pass holder will receive admission to certain events. Failure to attend an included event will not result in a refund.
  5. The 2017 annual pass is good for the events listed.
  6. Annual pass cards should be carried by the individual during events for verification purposes.
  7. Annual passes are sold for the following year during the months of September, October, November, and December during normal business hours at our Scout Service Center.
  8. Voucher codes will expire after the conclusion of the last event that is included in the annual pass.
  9. The annual pass covers base registration costs. Additional, optional, fees for classes, transportation, food, etc is not covered by the annual pass.

Questions?

Contact us at 605-342-2824 or send Bryan Combs an email at bryan.combs@scouting.org.

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Scouting for Food is Happening!

The Scouting for Food – Food Drive is on for December! We need Scouting units, church groups, and other organizations to help with this vital Black Hills food drive.

A Growing Need

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, and other organizations must carry on the tradition of service, and plan to give back to our community. The Feeding South Dakota Food Bank estimates that one out of eight people are food insecure. And, the need is growing every day. Through Scouting for Food, we have the opportunity to help alleviate this need.

Last year alone, over 65,000 pounds of food was collected throughout the Black Hills on a single Saturday, making this one of the largest food drives in the region. We need your help this year to collect even more food as the need for food continues to grow every day.

Resources

Check out our dedicated web page with a leader’s guide, key dates, and a map listing all the areas, for Rapid City, that your unit can sign-up for. This year, there is a sign-up form that will need to be filled out online to reserve an area. Areas will be reserved on a first come, first-serve basis.

Communities other than Rapid City, should call the Scout Service Center to register your unit with the Scouting for Food -Food Drive. Our phone number is 605-342-2824. These communities include; Hot Springs, Custer, Hill City, Spearfish, Deadwood/Lead, Sturgis, Summerset, and Piedmont.

Bags for the food drive will be available for pickup after November 21, 2016 at the Scout Service Center. Please contact the Scout Service Center with any questions you may have.

Check out our dedicated Scouting for Food page at http://www.blackhillsbsa.org/2016scoutingforfood/.

Scout Service Center
144 North Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
605-342-2824

THANK YOU for participating in this vital community initiative and service project!!!

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New Website Released

The Black Hills Area Council Marketing & Communications Committee is proud to release the new council website to better serve the Scouting community here in the Black Hills. We’ve heard from numerous people and have taken their feedback in the design of this new website. The feedback we received indicated that we need more up-to-date information, an easier layout, and a more aesthetically pleasing website.

This new website has the most updated information and a plan has been developed to ensure it stays that way. Links to national forms and publications are directly linked to national’s website which will ensure we have the most up-to-date publications, instead of hosting them locally.

What’s New?

The layout is more simplified and was inspired by other council websites that are recipients of the BSA’s President’s Marketing Award. This award is for the best of the best in design, content, and branding. We hope this website will be one of those recipients.

The old website was bland and was not aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The new website integrates official BSA colors, imagery, fonts, logos, and more. This produces a more vibrant online presence for current and future Scouts and families to experience.

Are we done with this website? No. Over the course of the next couple of months, we will be adding content and additional features to better serve our Scouting community here in the Black Hills. Your feedback continues to  serve as an import tool to ensure this online resource is the best it can be.

The Work Isn’t Done Yet

Have a comment? Looking for a resource that is not yet on here? Having a burning issue or question? Let us know! This new site features a chat feature, where you can reach out to our team, Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 8:00PM. Look for the chat button in the lower right-hand corner of this website during those hours to talk to our team. Alternatively, you can send an email to Bryan Combs at bryan.combs@scouting.org.

Thank you to all those who have helped in releasing this new resource to the Scouting community!

In Scouting,

Marketing & Communications Committee
Black Hills Area Council

The Marketing & Communications committee is looking for volunteers to help us grow and contribute our presence throughout the Black Hills region. If you are interested in joining this committee, please email Council VP of Marketing & Communications Mike Crook at msc.devildog@gmail.com. We’re looking for editors, photographers, videographers, digital marketing professionals, and more!

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