News from the Black Swamp Area Council
October 19, 2017



BSA Expands Programs to the Entire Family

BSA’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law...[Read more]

Membership Fee Increase

Please see this important message in regards to the national membership fee increase...[Read more]

Deliver the Promise

Fall Family Festival


If your unit would like to staff a spook station, register here!


Unit leaders, now is the time to begin your recharter for your unit. Unit Key 3 (committee chair, charter organization rep., and scoutmaster/cubmaster) received an email with instructions to complete your unit's rechater.  Recharters are due November 15 and should be reviewed by your district commissioner, staff or your district executive. 

If you need the recharter instructions resent, please contact your district commissioner or district exeuctive to resend the instructions. 

Remember to check your unit's training on my.scouting.org to make sure your unit leaders have completed their appropriate leader speicific training! Contact your district commissioner for any questions.  

Fall District Camporees

Be sure to put your district's camporee on your schedule for this fall...[Read more]    


Scouts, time is running out to get those last final sales and make sure you have hit your goal on the prize form.  

Don’t forgot about additional prize experiences:

  • Fill It Up: Fill an entire order form and qualify for entry into a drawing for 2 tickets to Cedar Point for the 2018 season. There will be one set awarded per District.
  • Galactic Gala: Scouts who sell $800 or more will participate in the Sellers Club event - A private showing of Star Wars Episode 8 "The Last Jedi".

You can find the District Kernel list here.

Find all information about the 2017 popcorn sale on our website here!

Rocket Into Scouting

It’s been a busy fall with many new families getting involved in Scouting.  We have had 1129 new Scouts get involved as of August 1st.  This is 203 more youth recruited then last year at this time.  A lot of Scouts attended Deliver the Promise at Camp Berry in September and all are invited to attend Deliver the Promise held at Camp Lakota October 21.

Families can register anytime for Scouting. Why not invite a family to Deliver the Promise this weekend at Camp Lakota and get them registered at camp!!! From 9-Noon there will be fishing, bb guns, archery, climbing wall, rocket launching, and so much more!!!!

Recruiter Patch

Scouts you have the opportunity to earn your first patch!! Bring a friend to your next Scout function and earn a recruiter patch.  The friend must fill out a youth application and pay their registration. You can find the recruiter patch form here.

Cub Scout Rank Addendums

As of December 2016, addendums were added to the Cub Scout ranks advancements. These addendums are free and can be downloaded and printed...[Read more]


Do You Need Training?

Are you wondering where you take training? Look no further...[Read more]

Unit Committee Training Pack and Troop

The Executive Board of the Black Swamp Area Council adopted a training requirement for adult volunteers in the council in 2012. Those training requirements are being phased in over a number of years. The goal of the training is to enhance the programs offered to our youth members so that more of them will stay in Scouting. Since the implementation of the training requirement, year over year the council has had an increase in youth retention...[Read more]

Don't miss these community events happening this fall!

Join us for a day of fun at Camp Lakota...[Read more]

Online Registration Is Here

This year, units will have the opportunity to accept new youth applications into your unit. Units can also invite people to register within your unit. Key unit leadership such as committee chair, charter organization representative, and cubmaster/scoutmaster will have access to online registration. All this will be done through your my.scouting.org account.  For additional information, please see http://www.scouting.org/onlineregistration.aspx

Toledo Walleye Scout Experience

Nothing Beats a Walleye Scout Experience
This is an interactive learning program created especially for Scouts, wrapped around an exciting Walleye hockey game. Join us this on March 24th for the Pinewood Derby Showcase where you will be able to race your cars in front of our fans at the Huntington Center! This year's program also features an intermission program with the Toledo Zoo and an open skate only for Scouts, family and friends!...[Read more]

New Enhancements to the Lion (kindergarten) program

Based on the feedback, surveys, and focus groups, we encourage you to execute the following changes in delivering the Lion program this fall. 

Changes for 2017-2018:

  • Pack meeting and activities-Open up as optional to Lion families. Look for ways to actively involve Lions and include them in program, skits, etc. Lions want more Pack involvement.
  • Pinewood Derby-Open up to Lions as appropriate for the Pack. Three options are recommended for Lions: 1) Integrate into Pack with other Cub Scouts as Pack decides. 2) Use the wedge car from the Scout Shop to eliminate cutting, etc. 3) Have Lions do a Veggie Car Derby—information on website.
  • Fundraising-Allow as a family option—Make fundraising an optional activity for Lion families. Although they do not want mandatory levels of funds to raise, families indicated they do want to have the option. Spring Fundraising is encouraged. If popcorn is sold by Lions, then Show and Sell with older boys and parents would be the preference—door to door only if the parent is by the youth’s side.
  • Uniforms-Keep Lion T-shirt as required uniform with optional cap. But allow families to buy official blue Cub Scout button down or pants as desired for special occasions and Pack ceremonies.

For full article - https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/08/14/bsas-lion-pilot-program-for-kindergarteners-is-off-to-a-roaring-start/

Download the Lion Pilot Feedback here.

Download the Lions Program Overview here.

Download the Lions Program Request Form here.

See a mom's account of what it means to be a lion here.


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This is how BSA members can participate in the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at SBR

The 2017 National Jamboree has ended, and the countdown to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree has begun.

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held at the BSA’s new permanent Jamboree home: the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. It’s actually co-hosted by three Scout organizations: the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and Asociación de Scouts de México...[Read more]

Northern Tier 2018

Northern Tier, one of BSA’s National High Adventure Bases, provides exciting opportunities to explore the vast Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota and southern Canada.  Black Swamp Area Council is looking to send a crew(s) – each crew consists of 6 scouts and 2 adult leaders – to Northern Tier in 2018...[Read more]

Hike 100 Challenge

The North Country National Scenic Trail, generally known as the North Country Trail or simply the NCT, is a footpath stretching approximately 4,600 miles from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota, passing through the seven states (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota)...[Read more]

2018 High Adventure Trek Opportunities

Check out the upcoming High Adventure opportunities...[Read more]

Waypoints: High Adventure News from the Boy Scouts of America

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



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)



BOOtober 2017

Unearthly information for the month of October 2017...[Read more]

60th Jamboree on the Air

Information for JOTA...[Read more]

Schedule Your FOS Presentation

Please schedule your Friends of Scouting unit presentation today!...[Read more]

Do You Use Social Media?

Follow the Arrowwood District on Facebook...[Read more]



New District Commissioner and New Volunteers!

Greg Brown was recently appointed District Commissioner for the Chinquapin District. Other volunteers have also joined the team! Learn more about them here...[Read more]

Meecheway 5k Trail Run

Come see the beautiful landscape of Camp Lakota and participate in the Meecheway 5k! Register online here or on race day starting at 7 AM. Race starts at 8 AM. Download the race flier here.

Recruiting and Keeping New Scouts: It's All About the NMC

So what’s an NMC?

NMC stands for “New Member Coordinator” and every Scout unit should have one! The focus of a New Member Coordinator is to build relationships with new families joining their Scout unit...[Read more]



Merit Badge Counselor Training

For 2018 to re-charter as a merit badge counselor you must have completed this training. Come Nov. 11 and get your training...[Read more]



Merit Badge Counselor Training

For 2018, a merit badge counselor must have completed this training, so sign-up now and complete your training now...[Read more]

District Committee LOCATION Change

New location for the District Committee meeting...[Read more]



The Order of the Arrow is proud to be a part of this year’s Spooktacular! We are actively seeking volunteers for this year’s Spooktacular, and you may do so by emailing lodgechief@mawatwoakus.org

Not interested in Spooktacular? Keep up-to-date on our lodge activities at www.mawatwoakus.org. Be sure to sign up for our lodge-wide Remind by texting “@mw449” to 81010 or going to www.rmd.at/mw449




BSA Safety Moment

Family Camping

There are two appropriate camping experiences for Cub Scouts: family camping, organized by the council, and pack overnighters. Family camping, along with resident camping, is another timeless outdoor experience that involves Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, or Venturing program elements in an overnight setting. It requires that two or more family members attend, including at least one BSA member, to count as family camping. Youth Protection policies still apply, but of course parents are responsible for the supervision of their children...[Read more]