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If your Unit would like to participate in the 2016 Spring Popcorn Sale, please notify your District Kernel or District Executive ASAP to obtain sales materials and information.

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CANYON CAMP VIDEOExternal Link                           CAMP LOWDEN VIDEOExternal Link 




Trainer's Edge

Learn how to become a better trainer at the TRAINER'S EDGE on March 5th, 2016 at the Program Center on Swanson Hill. For more information and to register online:

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    Join us on a Blackhawk Area Council 

    Swamp Base Adventure   July 17-26, 2016


    Deposits now being accepted for our Swamp Base High Adventure Trek. Total cost is $995, and includes the trek fee, as well as transportation to Swamp Base and meals and lodging along the way. The contingent will be limited to a maximum of 18 youth (with one 18-20 year old) and 4-6 adults.   An immediate deposit of $100 is required. 

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    The Swamp Base Adventure will be a 61.6-mile high adventure canoe trek over 6 days/5 nights. The trek is a challenging test of endurance and survival skills with specific lessons about the environments, cultures, and communities of the Atchafalaya.

    • Paddle an average of 15.4 miles a day in our first-class Wenonah 16'9" canoes, accompanied by a fully trained Trek Guide for the entirety of the journey.

    • Face the elements, and test your willingness to survive a night in the swamp at primitive Rougarou Island.

    • Introduce yourself to Louisiana's unique cultures at the Vermilionville Folklife Park.

    • Come to understand the importance of our nation's largest wetland ecosystem while staying on board the Swamp Base houseboats.

    • Experience how local communities have lived on the water at Island Outpost by fishing, paddling, cooking, and recreating like the Cajuns, Creoles, and Natives of South Louisiana.

    • Fly through the swamp on an airboat!


    BAC Swamp Base Adventure Trek Itinerary

    Pre-trek:  July 17 (Evening): Contingent gathers (at a location yet to be determined) for final gear inspection and overnight stay.   Contingent vehicles are loaded for early morning departure

    July 18: (early morning) Contingent caravan hits the road.  Overnight stay along the way

    July 19:  Arrival Day at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (stay in dorms)   Program - Trek preparation/Gear shakedown

    July 20:  Depart from trailhead at Bayou Courtableau; Paddle 19.3 miles through the Indian Bayou Area.  Sleep in houseboats at "Dark Forest" in the Henderson Swamp.  Program - Connection to the Wetlands

    July 21:  Paddle 10.3 miles through Bayou Berard to Rougarou Island in Catahoula, LA; Airboat ride through Henderson Swamp; 900 foot long Henderson Portage.  Sleep in hammocks on Rougarou Island   Program - Short-term Swamp Survival

    July 22:  Paddle 14.4 miles through cypress swamps and Lake Dauteriv.  Sleep in Cabins on 24 acre Island Outpost.  Program- Laissez les bon temps rouler!

    July 23:  Rest from paddling Sleep in cabins on 24 acre Island Outpost Program - Living off the Swamp

    July 24: Paddle 17.6 miles through Lake Fausse Pointe and Grand Lake; 550 foot long Grand Avoille Cove Portage; Exit Atchafalaya at trail end, Myette Point Night spent at University of Louisiana at Lafayette dorms Program - Patch ceremony & final meal

    July 25:  Departure Day Leave for home. Check-out is by 9:00am.  Overnight stay along the way.

    July 26: Arrive home



    Eligibility for all participants (youth and adult):

     1. Must be a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venture Scout, Sea Scout, or adult leader.

    2. Must be 14 years old on or before December 31st of the participating year. Age requirements for the Swamp Base cannot be relaxed. Please do not request or expect exceptions. All youth participants are required to present proof of age before participating in the program. (Appropriate ID includes one of the following: School photo ID, Copy of a birth certificate; Passport; Valid government-issued ID.  Those individuals who do not meet the minimum age requirements or do not present appropriate ID will be sent home, no exceptions.

    3. Must pass the BSA Swim Test before arrival.  All participants (youth and adults) are required to pass the standard BSA Swim Test as a “Swimmer” before arriving at Swamp Base. Swamp Base requires that all participants pass the BSA Swim Test as a "Swimmer."  SWIMMERS must demonstrate the following: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl (no dogpaddle); then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating for one minute

    4. Must be in good health evidenced by a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record filled out and signed by your doctor within the past 12 months. Only the most current BSA Health and Medical Record will be accepted.

    5. Must know and use the Scout Oath and Law as their guide to appropriate behavior during preparation and the trek.

  • Sign up now for Jamboree 2017!

    The Blackhawk Area Council will be sending two Boy Scout Troops and two Venturing Patrols to the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Reserve located near Glen Jean, West Virginia July 19 to 28, 2017. With travel time the trip will run from July 18-29, 2017.


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Eagle - Silver Beaver Dinner March 6th Recently Added Content

I hope you will be able to join us for the 2016 Eagle Scout and Youth Recognition / Silver Beaver Dinner. If you have any questions regarding the dinner, please call the council office at (815) 397-0210 or email the Council Program Director Emily Rinaldi

New Wanchanagi Training 2016 Dates!

Upcoming training dates(s) for Cub Scout BALOO training. Den Leader, Scoutmaster Specific, and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Training dates will be published soon.

Spring 2016 Rockford IceHogs Scout Night

The Spring Rockford Icehogs Scout Night will be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. If you also attended the Fall 2015 Scout Night you can receive a free IceHogs T-shirt.

Midway Village Cub Scout Event

Midway Village Museum invites all Cub Scouts to join us for a special event day just for scouts! Interactive activities led by the museum’s education staff will be stationed throughout the exhibits and village. Cub Scouts will play games, go on scavenger hunts, create craft projects, explore artifacts, discover the village, and more! Scouts can register for either the morning or afternoon session.

The "Continuous Fire" Lights Up Scout Spirit!

The Wanchanagi District prepares for its annual “Continuous Fire” Display in honor of Scout Week and the Boy Scouts’ 106th Anniversary from February 6th - 13th at the Harlem United Methodist Church.

Wanchanagi District Dinner April 17th!

Do you know a fellow scouter or a member of your unit that goes above and beyond in everything they do for scouting? Then nominate them today! The awards nominations deadline is March 1st. Awards will be presented at the 2016 Wanchanagi District Dinner at 4 PM on Sunday, April 17th.

New On-Line Reservation System 


Eagles, Application & Preparation

Eagle Scout Paperwork & Procedure

On-Line Advancement and Rechartering

For Internet Advancement Training Powerpoint:

For on-line Internet Advancement:External Link

For on-line Internet Rechartering:External Link

For a copy of the Charter Renewal guide please contact as information varies by District

Guide To Safe Scouting, Risk Management, Safety

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