News from the Black Swamp Area Council




Scouts, we are closing upon the end of the popcorn sale. If you have not stopped in to the council service center to see many of the popcorn prizes, STOP IN! Also be sure to fill up your order forms.  Each order form you fill up and send to your District Popcorn Kernel will be a chance to win a tablet! Your popcorn kernels will be collecting your final order shortly.


Starting November 1st, key unit members will have access to begin the online recharter process. It is important to note that this year will be an 11-month charter since the council will be moving to a December 31 recharter date. That means renewal fees will be $2/month for registration fees and $1/month for Boys' Life magazine for a total of $22 per person for registration fees and $11 per person for Boys' Life magazine renewal. This will get us on a calendar year recharter for 2017.

Cubmasters, Scoutmasters and Committee Chairs: check your email over the next few weeks for instructions and identification numbers to begin your recharter. Contact your district commissioner if you have any questions or if this is your first time helping with your unit's recharter.

New Leader Training

I encourage all our current and new leaders to come to the council wide training held Saturday, November 5th at St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance. New Cub Scout leaders can get great, in-person training,  http://www.blackswampbsa.org/event/1787275

Membership Update

Fellow scouts, have you asked your friends or neighbors to join Scouting?...[Read more]

Swamp Romp Pictures Posted

Swamp Romp was an amazing experience and there was a lot of fun for all who attended. To see some of the photos...[Read more]

Meecheway 5k Recap

Special thanks to all the sponsors and run/walkers who participated in the Meecheway 5k held at Camp Lakota...[Read more]

Wood Badge Training

Registration for the 2017 Wood Badge Training Course is now open...[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]

Medical Staff Needed for 2016 National Jamboree

National Jamboree is looking for qualified medical staff...[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]

2017 Philmont Treks Available!

The Council High Adventure Committee has just received word that there are openings for two crews for the 2017 treks...[Read more]

25th Anniversary CSP *Only 30 left*


Toledo Walleye Scout Experience

This is an interactive learning program created especially for Scouts, wrapped around an exciting Walleye hockey game...[Read more]

Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS)

This autumn, Philmont is running the Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS) program to better train adult advisors and give them the tools necessary to appropriately prepare their crew...[Read more]

Philmont Photo Archive

Ever wish you could relive the adventures and fun of camping through the rocky, high country trails of Philmont Scout Ranch...[Read more]

Waypoints: High Adventure News from the Boy Scouts of America

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



Friends of Scouting

Findlay National Scout Shop

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

Lima Scout Shop

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



Calling All Scout Leaders to 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]



Chinquapin Minute

It’s my pleasure to be working with all fellow Chinquapin members. We are in an exciting time of the year. Filled with leaves, cool temperatures and of course popcorn, program, and upcoming recharter. It is with deep regret that I am announcing Levi Keller will be leaving the Black Swamp Area Council effective October 15th. Levi has decided to return to his passion of education. Please join us as we wish him well in all of his future endeavors. We look forward to seeing him down the scouting trail in his continued volunteer roles.

Colin Earl will be covering this district in the interim. Please contact him at colin.earl@scouting.org or 419-701-4911 for all relevant scouting business.

New Leader Training

I encourage all our current and new leaders to come to the council wide training held Saturday, November 5th at St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance. New Cub Scout leaders can get great in person training,  http://www.blackswampbsa.org/event/1787275

Cub Fun Day

Who:   All Cub Scouts in the Chinquapin District

What:  Cub Scout Fun Day Just for You

Where:  Ruhiley Park Pavilion, Archbold, OH

When:  Sunday, November 20, 2016 – 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Cost:  $2.00 per participant

Bring the whole family to spend the afternoon playing games, making crafts, and just having a lot of fun! New cubs that joined this fall, bring your rocket and (weather permitting) you can launch it. Bug Juice and a snack will be provided.



Training Opportunities for District

Training opportunities near you to help prepare your group for the new Scouts and the 2017 re-chartering process. Don't delay, as these trainings are highly important to helping our Scouts grow...[Read more]



Fall/Winter Roundtable Schedule

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



Why Do We Volunteer?

Sometimes we may ask ourselves, WHY?...[Read more]

Like Us on Facebook!

Please like our District Facebook page...[Read more]







The Fox Den

Greetings from the Order of the Arrow! 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! 

Please click the link below to visit The Fox Den’s page on the Mawat Woakus Lodge website, where you can find a current issue or archived issue. Normally, we publish The Fox Den around the first of each month, with the exception of July-December, when we will either publish late due to events that are happening that month, or not at all due to holidays or months with low activity. For more information about upcoming issues, or to submit an article, please click the link below.




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]