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Last week, unprecedented rainfall hit parts of Louisiana, causing catastrophic flooding in many communities. If you’ve been following the news coverage, you’ve seen that some areas received nearly three feet of rain in less than a day’s time, creating the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandyin 2012. As a result, thousands of people — including many Scouting families — have been affected and displaced by flooding. Both the Evangeline Area Council (in Lafayette) and the Istrouma Area Council (in Baton Rouge) are operating with limited communication and staff.

While Scouts in the area have beenvolunteering their time, many who aren’t near Louisiana have asked what they can do to help. Fortunately, providing aid to our Louisiana Scouting family is as easy as sending a text.

To help both councils become fully operational once again, and to help provide newuniforms and handbooks to Scouts and leaders who have been affected by the floods, a fund has been set up called #Scouts4Scouts. Simply text the message“Scouts4Scouts”to the number41444 and follow the instructions in the reply to make your tax-deductible gift.

The National Council will match funds raised during the Top Hands conference, and we will also make a contribution from the emergency discretionary fund to each of the affected councils.

On the council level, you can also help spread the word by posting the following text (and the attached image) to your Facebook page:

Many Louisiana Scout families have been affected and displaced by flooding. Both the Evangeline Area (Lafayette) and Istrouma Area councils (Baton Rouge) are operating with limited communication and staff. This fund has been set up to make it easy for those wanting to help. Your support will provide newuniforms and handbooks to Scouts and leaders who have been affected, and help both councils become fully operational once again. Thank you in advance for your continued prayers and support.

Yours in Scouting,




 2016 Fall Popcorn Sale! It's POPCORN TIME!!

Fall Popcorn is around the corner. If you have not already received information through your District, please visit for all the 2016 Information!



VIEW THE ROCK CAMP BROCHUREExternal Link External Link



Troops can camp out for the weekend (September 30 – Oct 2) at Rockford’s Midway Museum Campus and Cubs are invited to come out for the day
Saturday (October 1st) for fun filled activities, bike rides, and being helpful Scouts.

Take a ride on a bike trail (different routes for various ages), be immersed in scouting and STEM activities, and do you part in excitng and meaningful
service projects! Also come for this year’s “Blast into Scouting” rocket launch and then stay into the evening for our arena show featuring Abraham
Lincoln and Georgia Rae Family Band.

Activities include:
- Age appropriate Boy Scout, and Cub Scout STEM Activities

- Venturing,
o Tomahawk & Knife throwing
o Milk Crate stacking challenge

- Shooting Sports
o BB
o Archery
o Paintball

- Blackhawk Area Council’s very own Space Bus

- Climbing Tower

Rock Camp has also partnered with…
- Rockford Park District’s Atwood Center for fun activities
- Challenger Center Robotics area
- Discovery Museum
- Chicago Fire Soccer Club
- Mr. Freeze of Fermilab with liquid nitrogen demonstrations
Service Projects include:
- Computer building
- Clearing of invasive species
- Building of interior walls
- Assembly of Adirondack chairs, benches, and picnic tables 

External LinkREGISTER FOR ROCK CAMP HERE!External Link











Click here to register fro summer camp 2017!






Join Us In September For The Best Camping Weekend Of The Year

The Lutheran Association of Scouters, the Catholic Committee on Scouting, and the United Methodist Men invite you to attend the annual Blackhawk Area Council Boy Scout Religious Retreat.

The retreat will be held at Camp Lowden, September 16-18, 2016

Boy Scout Religious Retreat


New this year!We are offering a Cub Scout Day Retreat on Saturday, September 17, 2016.Please click on the registration form for more information:

2016 Cub Scout Registration Form

  • 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.


    Click here for more information!


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Wanchanagi 2016 Fall Camporee

The Wanchanagi District Fall Camporee will be held at Camp Lowden, October 14-16. The theme is Native American Heritage. All the program activities will be tied to the theme.

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.

Wanchanagi August 2016 Roundtable Details

Roundtable meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday. We meet at 6:45PM on Thursday, August 11th at Christ United Methodist Church (Highcrest & Alpine) in Rockford.

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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