District Award of Merit

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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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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