Boy Scouts of America

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.


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

Scout Service Center
144 North Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

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

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 We’re looking for editors, photographers, videographers, digital marketing professionals, and more!

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