News from the Black Swamp Area Council
July 26, 2019

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It's Time to Sell

It's time for Popcorn and we are so excited to be able to help simplify the sale this year with the popcorn app, online tutorials, Facebook page and more. Be sure to keep an eye on this web page for updates and information.


Show & Sell orders can now be placed online through your unit account with Trail's End. Order for Show & Sell are due by Aug. 9!

PLEASE NOTE - in order to have Show & Sell product in hands of units, your unit's Show & Sell order is due by Aug. 9, the day after the August Roundtable Kickoffs in 3 districts. For our Scouts in Old Sycamore this date is before your kickoff, so please connect and order your popcorn before kickoff. The unit leader who registered the unit to sell will have access to order the Show & Sell product via the Trail's End site. This date was established to be able to have popcorn product in hands of units before the Labor Day holiday weekend.

For help in how-to order popcorn online for unit leaders, CLICK HERE!

For more information on this year's popcorn sale, CLICK HERE to view the popcorn page!

Rocket Into Scouting Membership Champions Needed

This year’s recruitment night is September 12 across all of Northwest Ohio. We are collaborating with Erie Shores Council to help better maximize marketing and awareness for families to come out and join Scouting. How your unit can prepare? It’s time to start identifying your unit's Membership Champion for this year. 

We will be having our membership kickoffs at roundtable on August 8 and August 13. Membership Champions help participate in school open house nights, help market Scouting in your community and school, attend kickoff, follow up with families and promote Scouting. Help us, help you and take a few minutes to complete this quick survey by July 29 about your unit's Join Scouting Night (JSN). This survey will ask for information about your unit's Membership Champion, JSN info (including time and location), and flyer request printing information. This year, our Council is investing in your unit through social media advertising. It is paramount to complete this survey by July 29 to ensure your unit is participating in the Council's September 12 Join Scouting Night and reap the benefits of the online, paid, location-based social media advertising. Studies show utilizing this form of social media advertising can increase your recruitment by over 10% 

Note: In order to gain popcorn commission bonus, you must have two separate people (at a minimum) attend the membership and popcorn kickoff for you unit. 

District Membership & Popcorn Kickoff

  • Arrowwood: Aug 8 at 7pm 
    • Camp Berry 11716 Co Rd 40, Findlay, OH
  • Chinquapin: Aug 8 at 7pm
    • St. Paul United Methodist Church 400 Wayne Ave, Defiance, OH
  • Great Oaks: Aug 8 at 7pm
    • Lima Scout Service Center 752 W Robb Ave, Lima, OH
  • Old Sycamore: Aug 13 at 7pm
    • St. John Lutheran Church 1100 N Main St, Celina, OH

Online registration and Unit Pin Management

Make sure your Be A Scout PIN is updated. Packs and Troops can share information about their unit online. Committee Chairs, Charter Organization Representatives, and Cubmasters/Scoutmasters can approve youth online applications. You can do that at http://my.scouting.org. Here are a couple resources to coach you along: Unit Pin Management Unit Pin Management (Family Scouting-including girls)

Ohio State Fair: July 24 - Aug 4 Scouting Volunteers Needed

We are seeking volunteers from around the entire state of Ohio who can help run the activities in the BSA booth and serve as enthusiastic Scouting ambassadors for the public. The booth...[Read more]

Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center and Boy Scouts of America Partner to Expand Programming on Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

The Boy Scouts of America is focused on keeping children safe, supported and protected. We are proud to partner with the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation to educate and empower youth through the new “Protect Yourself Rules” videos...[Read more]

Governor Mike DeWine meets with members of the Boy Scouts of America for Scouting’s report to the State

Ohio Boy Scouts of America Scouts met with Governor Mike DeWine to highlight the importance of Scouting in Ohio. Among the number was...[Read more]

Expeditions: High Adventure News

See the high adventure base news from the Boy Scouts of America...[Read more]

Safety Moment

Hazard Trees

Trees or their limbs can fall any time – no matter the weather. That’s why it is important to assess your site, avoid campsites with dead or hanging limbs, and obey any warnings signs for hazards or dead trees. Take a look at the Hazard Trees safety moment for more information on how to prevent a hazard tree from affecting your units....[Read more]



The Scouting Movement

Scouting is a movement!  Many times, I often hear, and have even referred to, Scouting as a program or organization...[Read more]



Click below for news from your District!

Arrowwood     Chinquapin    Great Oaks     Old Sycamore




Findlay National Scout Shop

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

Lima Scout Shop

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



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