News from the Black Swamp Area Council



Council Redistricting

As the Council President, there are unexpected challenges that sometimes come my way...[Read more]

Silver Beaver Applications

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America...[Read more]

Council Coordinated Meeting Reminder

Coordinated Meeting is this Thursday, November 17 at Glandorf Elementary School...[Read more]


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.

Has Your Unit Advancement Been Reported?

Is your unit one of the 32% that has not reported advancement this year?...[Read more]

Membership Update

Fellow scouts, have you asked your friends or neighbors to join Scouting?...[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 2017 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]

25th Anniversary CSP *Only 25 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 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.



Popcorn Top Selling Units

We've wrapped up another great popcorn season! Congratulations goes out to our top 3 selling units in council:

  1. Pack 314 - $22,535
  2. Pack 36 - $20,870
  3. Pack 319 - $19,925

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)



Fostoria Parade

Parade Opportunity for Arrowwood units!...[Read more]

2017 Merit Badge Day

Looking for a way to earn a few merit badges in one day? Well, here's your chance...[Read more]

Swim Party

Santa's House, Santa is Coming!

He will stop by for a visit from 6 - 8pm on the following Friday and Monday evenings. Come for a visit at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church located at 120 West Sandusky Street, Findlay, OH (enter on Crawford St. entrance). Visit Santa’s House at St. Andrews UMC for a fun time! There will be wagon rides, hot chocolate, cookies and more!  Make sure to join in on these great Hancock County traditions!! http://www.saumcfindlay.org/kiwanis-santas-house/ brought to you by Findlay Kiwanis Club!

Want to get more youth in your unit? We are in need of unit leaders and volunteers to help man the Scout booth at Santa’s House. Up to 800-1000 youth coming each night! Contact Rod Smith for fill your slot.  rsmith57@woh.rr.com or 419-348-2929.  Volunteers needed from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on November 25, 28 and December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19.

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]



YMCA Lock In

Don't miss out on the Chinquapin Lock In on Friday, Dec 9-10. The cost is only $20. Open to Webelos Scouts as well! Bring a friend for cost break at the door...[Read more]

Family Fun Day

All Cub Scouts in Chinquapin District come out for a day of fun. New Scouts who have not fired their rocket can do so on Sunday, November 20 at Ruhiley Park Pavilion in Archbold, OH from 1-5pm. The cost is $2.00 per participant. Bring the whole family to spend the afternoon playing games, launch your rocket, events and making crafts. Snacks and juice will be on hand...[Read more]

Court of Honor/Blue & Gold Dates

Leaders – Have you submitted your Blue and Gold or Court of Honor dates yet? These are the best opportunities to have your unit’s Family Friends of Scouting presentation, as we know that it is when the most of your parents will be present. Family Friends of Scouting is a critical part of our council support initiative and is a key element in your unit earning free camping, rank advancement, and more!  Making a contribution to Scouting ensures the success of the program and helps sustain Scouting for the future. Please send your dates to colin.earl@scouting.org.

Journey to Excellence

Units, your Journey to Excellence scorecard should be submitted with the recharter paperwork. All scorecards can be found http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Awards/JourneyToExcellence.aspx. This is a critical part of showing your parents where you have made great improvements in the program this year and helps identify the areas you can make event better!


Scout leaders, have you had a chance to log into my.scouting.org yet? This is a different portal than myscouting.org, but it uses the same username and password. Within here you can find training records for all of your leaders, organize your rosters, and more! There will be more features being released as more people begin using it, but it is certainly worth your time to long on today!



Rechartering Information Sent Oct. 20

Rechartering instructions were emailed Oct. 20 with unit access codes. Please note, system opens Nov. 1 and all charters are due to the Scout office by Dec. 16...[Read more]

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]

Year-End Helps for Unit Leaders

Here's some resources and guidance to assist your unit with year-end recruiting, Friends of Scouting, recharter date, popcorn...[Read more]



Bob's Cat

No, we aren't talking about Bob's Cat but are discussing the importance of the BOBCAT award for the new boys...[Read more]

Fall/Winter Roundtable Schedule

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



Election Night with Troop 69

Troop 69 doing their part for America...[Read more]

Old Sycamore Lock In!

Preregistration is now open. Wapak YMCA on December 2nd! Sign up a friend for Scouting and get in for half price!...[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]