News from the Black Swamp Area Council



Bus Transportation for Camp Berry Western Adventure Camp

To register for bus transportation for Camp Berry Western Adventure Camp Session 1, click here.

To register for bus transportation for Camp Berry Western Adventure Camp Session 2, click here.

Cub Summer Camp Programs

There is still time to register for camp! Click below to see all of the Cub Scout Summer Camp programs being offered this summer.

Dad & Lad: July 9-10 at Camp Lakota
Hawthorn Day Camp: July 21-23 at Leipsic Rod and Gun Club
WBW Session 1: July 28-30 at Camp Lakota
WBW Session 2: July 31-August 2 at Camp Lakota
WBW Session 3: August 4-6 at Camp Lakota
Parent & Pal: August 13-14 at Camp Berry

ATV Program Being Offered at Camp Berry Summer Camp

New this year, Camp Berry is offering an ATV program during summer camp...[Read more]

Rocket Into Scouting

ALL Cub Scout Leaders should have September 8th circled on their calendars! 7pm all elementary schools across Black Swamp Area Council will host an opportunity for new families to join Cub Scouts. Units are also reminded that on this night parents are expecting to receive a pack calendar, contact sheet for their leaders, and information about the financial commitment for Scouting...[Read more]

2016 Training Schedule

A leader in Scouting is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the training courses for their position...[Read more]

Registration for Swamp Romp is now OPEN!

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...[Read more]

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...[Read more]

25th Anniversary CSP

Mud Hens Scout Experience

Come join the Mud Hens interactive learning program created just for Scouts, presented by Camping World! It's a great way to meet new Scouts, enjoy a baseball game and have a ton of fun!...[Read more]

Cleveland Indians Scout Nights

Boy Scouts of America Campout at Cedar Point

The Boy Scouts of America Campout at Cedar Point will be Friday, August 19-20 and will include an overnight camping experience...[Read more]

Cedar Point Offering Discount Tickets

Cedar Point will be hosting “United Way of Hancock County” days at the park throughout the summer and early fall. Tickets purchased for the following dates will raise funds...[Read more]

The Toledo Air Show Needs Volunteers

The Toledo Air Show, July 16-17 at Toledo Express Airport with the 180th Fighter Wing, promises to be a phenomenal event for Northwest Ohio, and you have the opportunity to support it!  Volunteer leaders are needed by the Air Show organizers, with youth volunteers preferably age 12 and older.  This is the perfect community service opportunity for Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers, Adult Leaders, and Parents.

This message hopefully makes it simple for you and others in your Scouting unit to serve our community at the Toledo Air Show.  Please click here for full details, including:

  • Registration Forms (different for youth and adults)
  • Agreement and Release

Questions about volunteering at the Air Show?  Please contact bmcdonal@tps.org

Ronnie Kimmey Receives Honor Award

The Honor Medal is awarded to a youth or adult Scout “who has demonstrated unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life with risk to self.” The BSA website lists 2,354 Honor Medals have been presented since 1924, making this one of the rarest awards presented.

After Troop 35, sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church, Van Wert, OH setup camp at East Fork River, near Durban, West Virginia, several scouts asked the scoutmaster if they could go swimming. Several scouts floated downstream to some shallow rapids. Two scouts went back to camp before they got to the rapids. Ronnie Kimmey of Troop 35, and serval older scouts floated down to the deeper part of the rapids. Ronnie stayed close to Nick Foster as he was unsure of Nick's swimming ability. Nick was caught up in the rapids and was calling for help. Ronnie told Nick to float on his back. As Ronnie reached Nick, Nick panicked and pulled both he and Ronnie under the water. Ronnie, using his lifesaving skills, gripped Nick by the ankle and pulled him toward shallow water. Both rested on the shoreline before returning to their campsite.

For Ronnie Kimmey’s heroic actions, with risk to himself, the National Council of the Boy Scout of America awarded Ronnie with the Honor Medal on June 24, 2016 at Camp Lakota.

Sporting Clays Save the Date

Waypoints: High Adventure News from the Boy Scouts of America

To view the latest news on high adventure bases, click here.




Friends of Scouting

2016 Training Schedule

A leader in Scouting is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the training courses for their position...[Read more]

Findlay National Scout Shop

The current promotions for the Findlay Scout Shop...[Read more]

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.

Findlay Service Center Summer Hours

The Findlay Service Center is now on summer hours through Labor Day. The hours are now Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

Lima Scout Shop

Hours: Monday - Friday 10:30 am - 5:30 pm (closed 1 - 2 pm for lunch)




Calling All Scout Leaders to Arrowwood Roundtable

YOU have an opportunity to help the Arrowwood District be the best in the Black Swamp Area Council. The second Tuesday of each month scouters from the district meet together for the District Roundtable...[Read more]



Pinewood Derby World Championship

Congratulations to Taylor Dietsch from Pack/Troop 29 out of Edgerton! He won the Webelos and Overall races at the 2016 Pinewood Derby Championship in New York City on June 25. Click here to read the news article.




Donate to FOS here.


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.



Great Oaks Program Kickoff Aug. 7

The Great Oaks District Program kickoff event is set for Aug. 7 at the Lima Scout Shop...[Read more]



Hawthorn Day Camp

Leaders, please make sure that your youth are signed up for day camp...[Read more]

Fall/Winter Roundtable Schedule

Check out the Fall/Winter roundtable schedule...[Read more]



Old Sycamore in Philmont

WOW! What a view and proud day for these young gentlemen...[Read more]



Medical Explorers Post 326 End of Year Celebration

The Medical Explorers Post 326 had their End of the Year Celebration on...[Read more]

Career Fair and Law Enforcement Competition

The Exploring Career Fair and Law Enforcement Competition will take place at the Hancock County Fairgrounds on...[Read more]




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.



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...[Read more]