The mission of the Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council is to positively change lives of those we serve with membership opportunities in quality programs of character and leadership development. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Blackhawk Area Council creates the best scouting in America with trained adult and youth leaders providing quality program and membership opportunities. Scouting strengthens families and connects youth to the communities in which they live. The Council provides Scouting services to over 15,000 youth in twelve counties of northern Illinois and parts of southern Wisconsin.