January 15, 2016

Vol. 2 Issue 1


What's Hot?

Findlay National Scout Shop Grand Opening!

The Findlay Scout Shop will have a soft opening on Monday, January 18 at 9 AM and will have its grand opening on Saturday, January 23 at 10 AM.

The finishing touches are being completed for the Findlay Scout Shop opening on Monday, January 18 at 9 AM!


Gearing Up

Lima Scout Shop Closings

The Lima Scout Shop will be closed on Tuesday, January 26 for Professional Development.

Cub Camping Placemats

Calling all Packs! If you are needing Cub Camping Placemats for your upcoming Blue & Gold Ceremony, please send your printing requests to Kora Burtch at kora.burtch@scouting.org.

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.

We the Students Essay Contest

The Boy Scouts of America is a national partner with the Bill of Rights Institute (www.billofrightsinstitute.org), a charitable organization that promotes and educates people about the freedoms in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  This year, the Bill of Rights Institute is offering more than $30,000 in prizes and incentives for students 14 years of age and older.

They are asking Scouts to write a 500-800 word essay on the ongoing debate between liberty and security.

Here's the prompt:

Our Founders believed that the Bill of Rights should guarantee your individual liberty. But how has our government compromised on your rights in the name of security?

Interested Scouts will write an essay addressing the prompt for a chance to win more than one of 30 different prizes.

But wait, there's more!

This year, they are offering an added exclusive grand prize of $2,500 to the winning Boy Scout. The winner's troop will receive $500 as an added bonus.

Here is the link to the website:  http://billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/

The deadline for submissions is February 7, 2016.  Please pass this exciting opportunity onto your Scouts!

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.

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

Monster Truck Jam

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.


In Your Neck of the Woods


AW Lock In: Cub Olympics

Click here to register online.

AW District Dinner

Click here to register online.

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 James.dudash@sanoh-america.com


We need your Blue and Gold and Court of Honor Dates:

Unit leaders please forward your date to Rose King we’d like to get a volunteer to briefly share about 2016 Summer Camping and Friends of Scouting.

Contact Info: Rose King, Good4sscouting@gmail.com419-386-9035

Chinquapin District Dinner

For more details and to register, click here.


Exploring is excited to welcome back Post 320 Dr. Doty’s Dentistry. This post kicked off Friday, January 8th.

Exploring is starting a new partnership with Ohio Means Jobs and will be represented on their website in the next couple of months. This partnership will be beneficial to all of the Exploring Posts in Ohio and all of the participating posts will get features on the website.

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. This post will meet again on January 25th, 2016 at 7 pm at the Fostoria Police Station.

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

Great Oaks

Great Oaks District Dinner and Awards Night

The annual district dinner is set for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, 6-8 p.m., at the American Legion, 711 S. Shore Dr., Lima. The cost is $12 person and pre-registration is necessary by Feb. 4, to allow prep for catering services. Come join in the food, fellowship and awards. Award nomination forms are available at the Lima Scout Shop.

FOS Presentation Dates Needed

We are scheduling group dates for FOS presentations to share the Scouting story and the important reasons for this one-time ask for support of Scouting. Please call Doug Ditto at 419.303.2787 or doug@coreconsulting.ws, or send your dates to Jim Mason at jmason@scouting.org


Pinewood Derby

Cub Leaders, our district pinewood derby will be April 16th at the Glandorf Parish Center. More information to follow. Please also be aware that the Council race will be held 1 week later in Findlay.

Spring Camporee


WHERE: Camp Clay, 9196 Liberty Union Rd, Van Wert  OH 45891

Cost is $15per person for the weekend

Arrival and check in begins Friday @ 4:30pm, break camp Sunday by noon

Be on the lookout for online registration, coming soon! Optional signup for Saturday Morning 5-6mile canoe trek ($10 additional fee, 28 spots available. Must be Boy Scouts). Units will need 1 adult min. for every 8 youth signed up for trek.


Your 45 Day Forecast
January 16 Klondike Derby at Camp Lakota
January 18 Findlay Service Center & Lima Scout Shop CLOSED
January 18 Findlay National Scout Shop Opening at 9 AM
January 23 Findlay National Scout Shop Grand Opening at 10 AM
January 24 Mad River Mountain Ski Day
January 26 Lima Scout Shop CLOSED for Professional Development
January 28 Coordinated Meeting
February 6 Eagle Scout & Distinguished Youth Event