Western Adventure Camp

To register for Western Adventure Camp on July 25-29, click here.

To register for Western Adventure Camp on August 1-5, click here.

Jamboree Call Out Meeting

Jazz in the Park

The Black Swamp Area Council presents an evening with The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band.

Saturday, July 2nd from 5 PM to 9 PM

Does your unit need service hours?

Service hour opportunites are available from 3 PM to 10 PM.

Opportunities include:

  • Concession stand
  • Hosting an interactive program booth
  • Setup & tear down
  • Soles4Souls collection

Check back in the next E-Signals for registration information.


25th Anniversary CSP

Camp Card Sale

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

Boy Scout Golf Classic

Sporting Clays Save the Date

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 Scout Shop

Now Hiring!

The Findlay Scout Shop is looking to hire a part time sales associate to work afternoons and every other Saturday. Hours will be 2:30-5:15pm on Monday, Wednesday - Friday, 3-5:45pm on Tuesday, and 9:45am-2:15pm Saturday. Candidate must be enthusiastic and work well with others. They do not need scouting experience but it is always a plus. Pay is minimum wage, no matter the experience. Please contact Carolyn Wirt at 419-423-7174 or carolyn.wirt@scouting.org.




New Cub Scouts Come Out for Fun!!!  May 14 Western themed Fun Day!!


Come out for archery, bb guns and much more fun May 14 from 12-4pm

Register http://bsac449-bsa.doubleknot.com/event/1886284


Program Kickoff May 12

Unit leaders be sure to mark your calendars for Roundtable Program Kickoff.  Units will be getting the 2016-2017 program calendar listing of all events and activities your Scouts can participate in.  Roundtable will begin 7pm at National Machinery in Tiffin 161 Greenfield St, Tiffin, OH 44883.  See you there!!


Friends of Scouting

If you haven’t scheduled your Friends of Scouting presentation, please do so now by contacting James Dudash james.dudash@sanoh-america.com 419-348-6804



District Executive's Note:

Hello Chinquapin-ians,


We have some great upcoming events!


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


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.



Pinewoood Derby


  • 1st place: Carson Holdeheide
  • 2nd place: Simon Schroyer
  • 3rd place: Dominic Shroyer


  • 1st place: Simon Schroyer
  • 2nd place: Devin Metz
  • 3rd place: Ryan Leichliter


  • 1st place: Bladen Puckett
  • 2nd place: Zach Wells
  • 3rd place: Evan Sharp


  • 1st place: Tate Schleter
  • 2nd place: Robert Howe
  • 3rd place: Adam Howe


  • 1st place: Dominic Schroyer
  • 2nd place: Brandon Penno
  • 3rd place: Joey Hague

Arrow of Light

  • 1st place: Carson Holdeheide
  • 2nd place: Jacob Crow
  • 3rd place: Jacob Hartke

Best Paint

  • 1st place: Colin Dyrness
  • 2nd place: Braylen Conner

Best Design

  • 1st place: Bryson Schroer
  • 2nd place: Will Glass
  • 3rd place: Christopher Brockman


Murder Mystery Dinner

Ticket sales until May 5th. Call Stacy at (419) 234-1717 or email at stacy.perkins@scouting.org. This is an event that you do not want to miss. Great night of fun, friends, food and solving a mystery.

Friends of Scouting

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

Spring Recruitment

Do you want more scouts in your pack or troop to experience all the fun this summer??  Let’s get more youth involved in the world of Scouting before summer begins. Email your District Executive Stacy to get on the calendar!

Summer Moon Festival

July 14, 15, 16. If you would like to help at the Boy Scout informational booth to earn some service hours, please let Stacy know at (419) 234-1717 or stacy.perkins@scouting.org. Time slots will be given based on your availability.

Mercer County Fair

Looking for units to help with our activity booth at the Fair this year.  More information to come.

Day Camp




New Brand for Exploring

New Exploring Public Website- come check us out at www.exploring.org


More information 




Share your Exploring Success! stories here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/exploringsuccess/



You've heard about Exploring.org's NEW LOOK and since then, you've been clamoring to get your hands on some fun resources to fuel your Exploring experience. Now, we've launched what you've been looking for - the Exploring Activity Library, full of career-specific content to serve all of your Exploring needs!

Located on the new Exploring.org, the Exploring Activity Library is loaded with 54 new activity guides available to view and download. Activity guides for a variety of specialties like health, business, fire & EMS, science, engineering & tech and many more are ready for you to share. There are also guides for building life-skills like leadership, customer service, and team building.

More Activities Are Rolling Out Soon!

Didn't see guides for your career field? Not to worry! Activity guides for some careers aren't loaded yet, but they are on the way. In the meantime, those guides will be shaded gray with a yellow "coming soon" label, but you can click through to get a sneak peek of what to expect when they are ready. The library will be updated regularly so keep checking Exploring.org for the latest resources.




The Fox Den

On behalf of Mawat Woakus Lodge, it is my pleasure to be sending you the next issue of The Fox Den, Mawat Woakus Lodge's monthly newsletter!  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, new program initiatives, and more! 

View the May issue 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!


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.