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We want to see you at Scouting U!!

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 different colleges:

  • College of Boy Scouting
  • College of Cub Scouting
  • College of Exploring
  • College of Commissioner Science
  • College of Council Operations
  • General Education
  • Order of the Arrow Lodge Leader Development

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

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 2018 Scouting U. Some classes span multiple periods. Please see the event Guide, under “attachments.”

  • College of Commissioner Science
    • Commissioner Basic Training
  • College of Boy Scouting
    • Scoutmaster Position Specifics
    • Troop Committee Challenge
    • Merit Badge Counselor Training
    • OA for the Non-Arrowman
    • Intro To outdoor Leader Skills
  • College of Venturing
    •  All Venturing Leader Specific
  • College of Cub Scouting
    • All Cub Leader Specifics Training
    • Events for Packs
    • Cub Scout Advancement Basics
    • Day Camp Information Session
    • Year Round Cub Scout Recruitment
    • Baloo
  • College of Council Operations
    • Youth Protection Training
    • Council Annual Business Meeting
    • Charter Organization Representative Training
    • Fundamentals of Training
    • Online Resources training
  • College of Exploring
    • Exploring Training
  • General Classes
    • Life to Eagle
    • Emphasizing Duty to God
    • Selecting Quality Leaders
    • Webelos to scout transistion
    • Unit Journey to Excellence
    • Unit Council Finances
    • Standard First Aid, CPE, & AED Certification (Extra $15)
  • Youth Offerings (Intended to help facilitate program for Scouts that have parents attending Scouting U)
    • Intro to Leadership Skills for Troops
    • High Adventure and Summer Camp
  • OA- Lodge Leader Development
    • Nuts & Bolts : Lodge Policies and Procedures
    • Effective Ceremonies
    • Reaching out : Using the OA Troop Rep Program
    • Inductions Principles and Sequence
    • Keys to Delegation
    • Becoming an officer and Advisor

Event Fees

Tuition (Includes Lunch)
The tuition fee is $25.00 per person if paid by January 13, 2018, at 11:45PM. Fees paid after January 13, 2018, 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 13, 2018, at 11:45PM. Fees paid after January 13, 2018 at 11:45PM will be $30.00 per person.

Registration

Individuals and units may register online by visiting https://scoutingevent.com/695-2018ScoutingU.

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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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2018 Eagle Scout Reception

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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