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Quote from the founder of Scouting: -Sir Robert Baden-Powell


Covig19 BSA rules - 6/26/20

Posted on Jul 3 2020 - 3:33pm

Blackhawk Area Council Face-to-Face Scouting during Restore IL Phase 4:
**Updated June 26th, 2020: Council guidelines will be updated as local Department of Health/ State guidelines are updated.
We are happy to announce that Illinois has moved into the Restore IL Phase 4. We have been in contact with multiple health departments (Wisconsin & Illinois Department(s) of Health) and have compiled pertinent information that is available at this time. As the health and safety of each youth and adult in Blackhawk Area Council is always paramount, we have the following guidelines to safely resume scouting in person! Although this is not getting back to “normal”, we are continuing our stepping in the right direction.
So…what does this mean for Blackhawk Area Council Scouting face-to-face activities?
The following guidelines MUST be followed and apply to indoor & outdoor activities:
Units can now gather a maximum of 50 people OR 50% of room/location capacity (whichever is less) while adhering to social distancing and Youth Protection guidelines
o Example: Room/Building capacity is 50; so only 25 people can gather safely
o 6ft of social distancing must be maintained
o Every person must have a face covering and wear it ONLY when not able to maintain social distancing
• Obtain permission from the facility where you will be meeting as they may have their own guidelines in place
No overnight camping until further notice; regardless of location. The state of IL health department has opened camping for families to camp with individuals of the same household
o The Council is in discussion to open both Camps for household camping and hope to have more information to you soon
Carpooling is suspended at this time as social distancing is not possible in a vehicle
• Cooking must be done by a designated person(s), up to 2, not by a group
o No “self-service” of meals
o Meals should be pre-packaged, or pre-cooked and have individual plated service like a restaurant
 The fewer people involved in the preparation and distribution of meals, the safer

Troop/Crew Activity/Campout planner

Posted on Jul 3 2020 - 1:59pm

June 26 Illinois Phase IV covig19 rules.



Service project - Completed

Posted on May 2 2020 - 9:43pm

SATURDAY 5/2/20 - A productive day logging some service hrs at the Aframe. Wood shed is finished and filled. Managed to do some extra clean up as well.

Scout Meeting Lesson MONDAY 3/23

Posted on Mar 23 2020 - 1:48pm

How to TIE a FRIENDSHIP KNOT sse link: youtube

Congratulations Major Dempsey (Eagle 2003)

Posted on Mar 16 2020 - 3:42pm

Benjamin W. Dempsey, a 9-year Air Force veteran, has been promoted to major.

New Medical Form

Posted on Dec 17 2019 - 7:31pm

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