Blackfoot History

Blackfoot training began in Winchester, Indiana in 1968. It was first conducted by the Monjenikhia District in the White Water Council. The Blackfoot name was chosen because of Scouting's ties to the Native American heritage.

 
"Ta Ha Yule" is a greeting that is used among Blackfoot graduates, learners and staffers, and is said to be derived from the Blackfoot language. Use it and be comfortable with it.
 
"Simu Simu Awa" is also derived from the Blackfoot language and is said to have the meaning "Blackfoot". This is used ceremonies and formal situations.
 
The Blackfoot idea of presenting Boy Scout Leader Training was created and initially presented under the direction of Kenyan Bailey, of Winchester, Indiana. Mr. Michael Arthur was a learner in that course, Blackfoot 1. Mr. Arthur went on to serve on several staffs for Blackfoot in the White Water Council.
 
In 1978, the Great Southwest District under the direction of Mr. Arthur first presented the Blackfoot course in the Central Ohio Council. Since its inception, every district in the Central Ohio Council saw learners from its districts participate. Over the years, more districts saw the advantages of presenting Boy Scout Leader Training using the Blackfoot ideas and joined the program.
 

In 1987 six of the then twelve districts in the Central Ohio Council joined forces to present the Blackfoot Training Course. Those districts included Chief Tarhe, Hocking, Paint Creek Valley, Scioto Valley, Pickaway and Tri-Creek.

Additionally, in 1987, the Blackfoot Training course was presented in the Alamo Council of San Antonio, Texas, under the direction of Mr. Hovey Cowles and in the Congaree District of the Indian Water Council of Columbia, South Carolina, under the direction of Mr. Charlie Gwinn.
 
In 1990, Blackfoot became the Council program for Boy Scout Leader Basic Training in the Indian Water Council.
 
Since 1978 there have been 41 Blackfoot training troops in the Simon Kenton Council, training over 1,500 adult leaders. The ideas pioneered in Blackfoot were transferred to Cub Scout Basic Training in a course for the Scioto Valley District called Manitou Akela. They were also used in developing the Junior Leader Training Course called Nagatamen.
 
The course is now sponsored by the Ohio Valley District.
 
The Blackfoot training course presented at this time includes the latest changes set forth by policies of the National Council; Boy Scout Council. Blackfoot is well and strong and continuing in the tradition of offering a training experience of the highest quality, to both new and old Scout Leaders alike. A qualified, enthusiastic, and caring staff that stands 100% behind the aims and methods of Scouting presented in this course.