December 23, 2015

Vol. 1 Issue 9


What's Hot?

Findlay Scout Shop Conversion to a National Store

Construction started in the Findlay Scout Shop! Lighting was changed out and a handicap accessible dressing room was installed.

The back room is getting a facelift for new inventory.

The sales counter was removed and store inventory counted.

The sales counter was moved across the hall to the Service Center.

All inventory has been sorted, counted and stored.

The store is empty and ready for new carpet!

Recarpeting process has begun. 


Gearing Up

Holiday Hours

Findlay Service Center will be closed:

  • December 24-27 for Christmas
  • December 31-January 3 for New Year's

Findlay Scout Shop will be closed:

  • December 24-January 3 for the holidays and year-end inventory

Lima Scout Shop will be closed:

  • December 24-January 3 for the holidays and year-end inventory

Findlay National Scout Shop

Please be aware the Findlay Scout Shop will close on Friday, December 18, 2015 for all "In-Store" purchases but will be available for call ahead orders through December 23rd. Call ahead orders will also be available the week of January 4-8, 2016.

The Findlay Scout Shop will be closed January 9-17, 2016 for final renovations and will reopen on Monday, January 18, 2016 as a National Scout Shop.

The Lima Scout Shop will remain open in it's normal capacity. It will be closed from December 24, 2015- January 3, 2016 in both observance of the holiday season and in order to complete year end inventory.

Thank you for your patience during our time of time of transition.

2016 Summer Camp Kick Off

2016 Klondike Derby

Toledo Walleye Scout Nights

Mark your calendars to attend a Toledo Walleye hockey game during Scout Night! Reduced price tickets are available.

Don't miss this opportunity, two dates are still available:

  • Friday, January 22
  • Saturday, Feb 20

Click here to view the flyer with pricing information.

Mad River Mountain Family Ski Day

Eagle Scout & Distinguished Youth Event

Attention all Scouters and guests looking forward to recognizing our distinguished youth of 2015! We will be recognizing the Eagle Scout Class of 2015 and a Medal of Merit Award recipient at our annual Distinguished Youth Recognition Event on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the UNOH Event Center in Lima Ohio. Registration check in will begin at 4pm with dinner starting at 5pm.

This year's event guest speaker will be Michael C. Kostelnik, Major General, USAF (Ret.) is our 2015 Distinguished Youth Event guest speaker. Mike’s long list of career accomplishments and honors is due in part to being a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Mike has earned the rank of Eagle, Vigil Honor member, and has served as Lodge Chief. Kostelnik, a member of the Senior Executive Service, has worked for 35 years in the government. He served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Station and Space Shuttle at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Previously, he spent 32 years on active military duty with the U.S. Air Force as a test pilot, instructor pilot, program manager and commander. He has had a career in both management and aviation, accumulating over 3,300 hours of flight time in over 40 types of aircraft. General Kostelnik has management experience in requirements, development and acquisition, and testing of leading edge aerospace systems. Closer to home, Mike has served as the Vice Commander, Air Force Material Command (AFMC) at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, assists the commander in the supervision and management of the Air Force’s largest continental United States based command. 

To register for this event, click here. For further information, contact Kora Burtch at 419-422-4356.

BGSU Scout Nights

To view the ticket order form for the BGSU basketball game with pricing information, click here.

To view the ticket order form for the BGSU hockey game with pricing information, click here.

Swamp Romp

The Black Swamp Area Council's single-biggest event makes a triumphant return! Swampy's coming back to Swamp Romp on Oct. 7-9, 2016. 

Mark your calendars now and prepare for a one-of-a-kind experience. Swamp Romp will be such a grand experience it has to take place at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima.

Swamp Romp 2016 will be the single largest gathering of Scouts from Northwest and West Central Ohio. This event is filled with fun and experiences that Scouts and families will love! From Boy Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs, Venture Crews to Exploring Posts, this will be an amazing experience. All units will be invited to spend the weekend camping, while enjoying all the activities and programming, and finishing with a stadium show and fireworks Saturday night!

Just some of the expected fun activities include: shooting ranges, inflatables, fishing, midway games, climbing & repelling towers, national exhibits, challenge course, SESA & COSI, stadium show and fireworks!

2017 National Jamboree

Boy Scouts of America's flagship event is a one-of-a-kind experience. It's a gathering of approximately 45,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff showcasing everything great about the B.S.A. and its members. Over the course of 10 summer days, Scouting comes together. The result is the National Scout Jamboree.

The Black Swamp Area Council will be sending 1 Troop (36 Scouts, 4 leaders), as well as a Venture Patrol (8 youth, 2 leaders), if there's enough interest.


The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is the home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting. Located in West Virginia, it features world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports. The Summit welcomes Scouts to a whole new experience.


July 19-July 28, 2017

Registration: NOW OPEN - sign-up early to ensure your spot at:

View the booklet here for details on the event, how to register and how to get involved as a leader for the contingent.


In Your Neck of the Woods


Schedule your Family FOS Presentation Early!

Providing a premiere Scouting program requires significant planning and the key is scheduling your unit's Friends of Scouting presentation. Setting a date now allows for planning of presenters and materials. Please include an FOS presentation in your unit's plans between December and February. Contact Family FOS Chair, James Dudash, with your proposed date at (419) 348-6804. or

2016 Merit Badge Day

Click here for the registration form for 2016 Merit Badge Day!


It is renewal time for Exploring! Please reach out to Tiffanie if you have any questions about renewal. It is also time for Career Interest Surveys. If you have any connections to schools who have not yet been contacted about surveys, please follow up with Tiffanie with any help you can provide her. If you have any middle school or high school aged youth interested in law enforcement, reach out to Tiffanie to learn more about the Fostoria Police Post and Club.

Please call Tiffanie Ruppright at 419-422-4356 ext. 125 or email at with any questions or interest in starting a post. 

Old Sycamore

District Lock-In

The District Lock-in was December 11th. The theme this year will was Teamwork. The Scouts who came had a great time and made some great strides in working together.

District Membership

Have the members of your units invite their friends! Every boy who recruits a friend is eligible to earn the Recruiter patch. For more information on how to get earn the patch and get credit for a friend joining scouts, contact Chris Honefanger 937.926.1077 or


Your 45 Day Forecast
December 24-27 Office, Stores and Camps Closed
December 31-January 3 Office, Stores and Camps Closed
January 3 OS District Dinner
January 9 Summer Camp Kick-Off
January 16 Klondike Derby at Camp Lakota
January 24 Mad River Mountain Ski Day
January 28 Coordinated Meeting
February 6 Eagle Scout & Distinguished Youth Event