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  • ATTENTION Merit Badge Counselors in the Blackhawk Area Council:

    It is time to renew your membership as

    a Merit Badge Counselor.


    Dear Merit Badge Counselors,                                                                                                      

    Please renew online using this link:  
    External Link

    Merit Badge RenewalExternal Link

    If you no longer wish to serve as a Merit Badge Counselor, click on the link above. You can choose to be removed.

    No phone or email renewals will be accepted.
    Make sure your Youth Protection Training is current, within two years. You will not be able to renew your status if your Youth Protection Training is not up to date.
    Please note: All registered leaders were required to take the New Youth Protection Training by October 1, 2018. 

    If you need to take the course please visit
    my.scouting.orgExternal Link for the online training. See below for instructions to complete Youth Protection Training.  Proof of completion must be submitted to the Council Service Center.

    To access Youth Protection Training (YPT): 

    1. Go to: Link

    2. Log In. (If you currently have a profile or Click “Create Account”)

    3. In the upper left hand corner click on Menu & My Dashboard

    4. To Take Youth Protection Certification click on "Take Course" on the right side of page. 

    5. In your profile, you can link your BSA Member ID. Once linked, the system will update local and national records. HOWEVER, if your membership ID is not linked in your profile, you will need to print the certificate and provide a copy to the council office. 


    Other notes about the process:

    1. You have until June 30, 2019 to complete the renewal.  This includes any volunteer who recently signed up to be a Merit Badge Counselor in the current calendar year of 2019. 

    2. If you do not renew by the above date, you will need to fill out a new Adult Application and Merit Badge Counselor Application to counsel again.

    3. If you have forgotten what you are registered as counselor, please send an email requesting your listing to Michael Ancheta –

    4. By renewing, you will be available to counsel through June 2020.

    Yours in Scouting,
    John F. Messley
    Blackhawk Area Council-Council Advancement Committee Chair

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Merit Badge Counselor Renewal for 2019-2020

Merit Badge Counselors, It is time to renew your membership as a Merit Badges Counselor. Don't miss out on serve the youth of our Scouts BSA Troops


Has your troop identified where they are camping in 2019? We are finalizing plans for next summer and having your troop join in the adventure would be an awesome adventure for your Scouts! Click here to learn more. We hope that you choose Camp Lowden or Canyon Camp for your 2019 destination!

Wanchanagi June 2019 Roundtable Details

The June Roundtable is Thursday, June 13th. We meet at 6:00 PM at the Council Program Center, 7194 Vandiver Rd, Rockford. Roundtable is open to all parents and volunteers.

Wanchanagi District Fall Camporee

Check back each month for updates. Or, be the first to hear and see updates at our monthly Roundtables. The second Thursday of each month, 6:45pm - 8:30pm at 4509 Highcrest Rd Rockford, IL 61107, US

The Severson Dells Nature Center is hosting Merit Badge Opportunities

In partnership with Blackhawk Area Council the Severson Dells Nature Center is hosting Merit Badge Opportunities for Troops.

Scoutbook Youth Advancement Sync

Calling all unit leaders—the Scoutbook Youth Advancement sync is officially underway! All Scouting units with active Scoutbook subscriptions have recently been invited to complete the Scoutbook Youth Advancement Sync with ScoutNet. The Scoutbook Unit Admins have been notified and given instructions on how to activate this sync by December 31, 2017.

Wanchanagi Eagle Board of Review Scheduling

Wanchanagi Eagle Board of Review scheduling information.

Scoutreach is looking to hire part time Scout Leaders in Rockford

The Blackhawk Area Council, Boys Scouts of America, ScoutReach District is looking for a few employees to work the after-school programs. We work primarily with elementary students (1st grade through 5th grade). We go to more than 30 locations each week; you'll be assigned to a few of them each day.

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