Leader Specific Training

Western Adventure Camp Information Sessions

Council Pinewood Derby

Camp Card Sale

Camp Cards are in! Stop by either the Findlay or Lima office to pick up your Unit's cards today! 

Popcorn Unit Commitments

Commit your unit to selling popcorn before April 29th to receive the 1% Early Registration Bonus.

Fill out the brief online commitment card here to earn this bonus and then watch your emails in July for the link to access the popcorn website.


Golf Outing & Sporting Clays

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: bsajamboree.org

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



Friends of Scouting

National Store Sale




Welcome Colin Earl

During the interim as the selection committee identifies the Arrowwood District Executive, please work closely with Assistant Scout Executive Colin Earl. I look forward to helping grow your Scouting program and help give any input and resources to all 54 units in our district. It’s my pleasure working closely with many of you as we help serve over 1,400 youth in our communities. Feel free to connect with me colin.earl@scouting.org or (419) 422-4356.


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. Contact Family FOS Chair, James Dudash, with your proposed date at (419) 348-6804. or James.dudash@sanoh-america.com.


April 2016

5                AW Commissioner Meeting

7                AW District Committee Meeting

9                AW District Pinewood Derby

14              AW Roundtable

21              Join Scouting Day

29 - 30       Boy Scout Spring Camp-O-Ree


Spring Recruitment

The Spring District Join Scout Night will be on April 21.  Please contact Colin Earl at (419) 422-4356 or colin.earl@scouting.org and let him know the location of your roundup will be, what time and how many fliers you would like printed.


Pinewood Derby


Outdoor Cooking Spring Cooking Camporee April 29 - May 1!

Come out to Van Buren State Park and learn everything you need to know about outdoor cooking, dutch oven cooking, and much more.  Register before April 15 to receive a premium reward!!  The experience is only $10 http://bsac449-bsa.doubleknot.com/event/1859182 .  Units can stay one or two nights of camping. Connect with Forest Frank frankfv@yahoo.com regarding any further details. 

April 29 - May 1

Location:  Van Buren State Park

Click Here to Register for the AW Spring Camporee

4/29/2015 5:00 pm to 5/1/2015 11:00 am

Registration: Adult and Scouts on Doubleknot

$10 before 4/15 (eligible to receive premium awards)

$10 after 4/15 (ineligible to receive premium awards)

Last day to register 4/25/2016

Contact  frankfv@yahoo.com


Western Themed Fun Day




District Executive's Note:

Hello Chinquapin-ians,


We have some great upcoming events!


April 9th is our District Pinewood derby at St. Paul’s Church 400 Wayne Ave. Defiance OH. (Only change is location) There will be concessions at the event sponsored by Troop 70 of St. PAUL'S  


On May 13-15th, we will have our Spring Camporee located at the 180th Ohio National Guard Base located near the Toledo Express Airport. Curt Fauver, discussed the camporee at our last Roundtable. Don’t miss out on the information. He let us know some of the secrets, but there is something big and classified planned for the event. What is it? I don’t know…. It’s classified!!  419-467-5825 


Oct 7-9th, it is the return of SWAMP ROMP. Swamp Romp, a weekend event that is similar to a National Jamboree. Come and enjoy the fun, fellowship, and JAMBOREE-ESK EVENT. See you in the Swamp!! (Allen County Fairgrounds)





Below is a link to donate personally to FOS




Packs and troops have an opportunity to sell CAMP CARDS as a fundraiser for Summer Camp, Philmont, or other local activities. Information is attached, but cards sell for $5. Units for sell receive 50% of the card sale (buy for $5, gets $2.50 back immediately) and have 2 one-time-use break offs coupons and multiple continuous use coupons on the back!      



September 8th is our council wide join Scouting Night. We would love Packs volunteer to help with Boy Talks and help recruit our next group of boys to Help the Pack Grow! We will be working with Packs to set up date for recruiting new Cub Scouts.



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


District Pinewood Derby Needs a Race Coordinator

The Great Oaks District Cub Scouts are in need of you in order to have a District Pinewood Derby race this year. The race was originally scheduled for April 23, but recently it was learned the council Pinewood Derby Race was scheduled on this same date. That being said, long-time race coordinator Chad Bryan is not able to organize the race this year because of work commitments prior to original date, nor is UNOH available because of an open house date at the school that same weekend.

Can one of you or a couple of you partner and coordinate a district pinewood derby race on April 16, or April 9, if needed? I listed these dates, as there are some Packs in our district which have races set for first weekends of April. A location will also have to be identified different then the UNOH gym.

Contact Jim Mason ASAP so he can get the word out about this year’s race, at 419.227.2107 or jmason@scouting.org.


Junior Fair Board Representation Needed

The Allen County Junior Fair Board is seeking 1 adult and 1 youth to represent the Boy Scouts on the board for the upcoming year. If you’re interested, please let Jim Mason know at jmason@scouting.org or call 419.227.2107, ext. 124.



Pinewood Derby


Local Cub Scouts are racing once again in Continental. The Sons of the American Legion in Continental has sponsored this new group of youth after a break of over 7 years without a pack for boys ages 7-11. Pictured in order are Malaki Powell, Kalib Floyd, Case Wannemacher, Frank Starbuck, and Jackson Bidlack.

First place: Jackson Bidlack

Second Place: Frank Starbuck

Third Place: Case Wannemacher

Best of Show Winners were Kalib Floyd and Malaki Powell  

Pack 224 from Ottawa generously donated their track to the new Pack in Continental and the boys are very appreciative!! These boys will go on to compete now at the district race on April 16th at the Glandorf Parish center. That race will have boys from all 18 Packs from Putnam, Paulding, and Van Wert Counties potentially totaling 200 or more racers! Ben Macke from Glandorf Pack 229 runs that race for us and is a fantastic day for the boys.


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

Sign up on the Council website through calendar link http://bsac449-bsa.doubleknot.com/event/1870716 Optional signup for Saturday Morning 5-6 mile 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.



Friends of Scouting

If you haven’t schedule your Friends of Scouting presentation, please do so now by contacting Chris Berry at buffaloc9009@gmail.com.

Spring Recruitment

Let’s get more youth involved in the world of Scouting before summer begins.  Email your District Executive Stacy to get on the calendar!


Pinewood Derby


Murder Mystery Dinner

Day Camp



Exploring Recognition Dinner



The Fox Den

The Mawat Woakus Lodge is estatic to announce the revival of The Fox Den, which you will find here! The Fox Den is the monthly newsletter of the lodge, and your go-to source for the latest happenings in the Order of the Arrow. In it you will find information about upcoming events, service opportunities, and new program initiatives. 



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!


BSA Position on Knockerball, BubbleBall, Battle Ball, Zorbing, and Similar Orb Activities

In recent years, we have seen an upswing in the use of all sizes of orbs for everything from rolling down hills, across water, “playing” soccer or football, to outright battles. They were included as an activity at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference after a hazard analysis was conducted.

To date, no one in a Scouting setting has been seriously injured in one of these and we prefer to be proactive and cautious in our approach to this activity. Hence, a multidiscipline task force composed of program, marketing, development, legal, risk management, and health and safety professionals and volunteers have evaluated the risks of their use and reviewed their accident history, as well as the positions of various state and federal agencies on their use, and have come to the conclusion that they do not have a part in either the program or as an activity of the Boy Scouts of America or its affiliates.

To that end, the next online revision to the Guide to Safe Scouting will add this as unauthorized activity.

19.  Bubbleball, Knockerball (trade mark), Zorbing, Battle Ball (trademark), bubble soccer or football, and similar orb activities where participants run into each other or roll around on land or water has been reviewed and is now unauthorized.

Please help us communicate this to all participants in Scouting as part of our commitment to their safety.