News from the Black Swamp Area Council
November 7, 2019

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Understanding Volunteer Training Requirements

Several years ago, our council felt strongly that training was so important that it now requires that all registered unit level volunteers complete the basic training for their...[Read more]

Online Recharter Begins in November

Each year the unit reviews youth and adult membership for those participating...[Read more]

Scoutbook Den Leader Webinar

Did you miss our Scoutbook webinar when it was streamed live? You can watch it here!...[Read more]

Leader of the Pack Incentive

We know how hard it can be to find Den Leaders. The Leader of the Pack Incentive is to help provide a blueprint of healthy activities for a unit to install. Check quarterly and those units that earn 38 points or more will receive a $75 credit on there unit account. The ultimate goal is to help get more Den Leaders involved in return providing better quality programming. Just think if each den was filled and you had 6 grade levels. That would be six individual den leaders. Maybe you’re a family pack that would equate to 7-12 den leaders. Sometimes a Cubmaster or Committee Chair are busy doing two roles when they already have an important job to do, let alone also serving as Den Leader.

Click here to download the Leader of the Pack game board.

BSA Membership Fee Increase

For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. At Boy Scouts of America, we are dedicated to developing leaders of character by preparing young men and women for life by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The timeless...[Read more]

2021 Philmont Trek Registration Now Open!

Starting today, registration for the 2021 lottery for 12-day, 9-day and 7-day treks, as well as Calvalcade, is open. Crews can enter the lottery at any time between now and December 3rd...[Read more]

New Health Form coming in December 2019

A revised version of the Annual Health & Medical Record form is being released in December 2019. This new form will replace all previous versions. Please be sure that if your unit has extra copies of the old form, that they need to be disposed of when the new version is released next month. We will keep you informed of when the new form is released.

New Youth Safety Webpage

This new webpage within Scouting.org offers an easy-to-navigate overview of our Youth Protection policies using language and visuals that help the general public or those who are new to Scouting understand what the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) does to help keep kids safe. This webpage does not replace the pre-existing Youth Protection page; instead, it offers an overview of our policies in a simplified version for those who may not be familiar with our terminology or program details. It also features expert testimonials, public access to our Youth Protection Training modules without the need to create a My.Scouting account, and clarifications of top misconceptions. We encourage you to visit and share this resource whenever you are asked what the BSA is doing to keep kids safe...[Read more]

New Lakota Camp Director

Adam Wehrman selected as next Camp Director for Camp Lakota...[Read more]

Online registration and Unit Pin Management

Make sure your Be A Scout PIN is updated. Packs and Troops can share information about their unit online. Committee Chairs, Charter Organization Representatives, and Cubmasters/Scoutmasters can approve youth online applications. You can do that at http://my.scouting.org. Here are a couple resources to coach you along: Unit Pin Management Unit Pin Management (Family Scouting-including girls)

Expeditions: High Adventure News

See the high adventure base news from the Boy Scouts of America...[Read more]

Safety Moment

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning-At Home or Camp

Carbon monoxide (CO) causes upward of 400 deaths and results in the hospitalization of more than 4,000 people each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of those falling ill don’t know they have CO poisoning because it is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. With proper inspection and housekeeping, Scouts and community members alike can prevent CO poisoning...[Read more]



Recognition and Uniform

It was great to see so many new Scouting families at Camp Berry for our Family Fun Day on September 22 and the council is looking forward to seeing many more at Family Fun Day on October 19 at Camp Lakota.  This month I am going to share...[Read more]



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