Salute to Scouting


Troop 435 in New Riegel celebrates anniversary

On Nov. 20 New Riegel Troop 435 celebrated its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1981 and chartered by New Riegel Moose Lodge 872, David Mathias and Norbert Hohmen worked together to organize the Troop.

David Mathias was the Troop’s first Scoutmaster followed by Gerald Warnecke, and then Steve Cooper, who has been the Scoutmaster for the past 25 years. Since its formation there have been 52 young men who have earned Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.

On this day the Troop conducted its annual Thanksgiving Feast, only this one had a twist. All 52 Eagles were invited to celebrate the Troop’s 40 years. Of the 52 Eagle Scouts, 33 were able to attend the feast, with approximately 120 people in attendance.

During the feast Mr. Cooper handed the reigns of Scoutmaster over to Mark Faeth.

It was a great celebration with plenty of stories and reminiscing, as most old Scouters do when they get together. Here's to another 40 years.

Unit Recharter Renewal

Many Scouting units have been completing the annual renewals process with their unit.  If you are unit key 3 (Committee Chair, Charter Organization Representative, Scoutmaster/Cubmaster) have questions about recharting please reach out to your district commissioner or field executive.  Our council goal is to have all unit recharter turned in by 12/15/2021.  Thank you for your efforts and leadership in your units renewal.

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Scouting in the Black Swamp Area Council began in 1915 when the Scouting program was introduced to the young people of West Central and Northwestern Ohio.More than 5,400 individuals are participating in the local program as a Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, Explorers and adult volunteers. In 2020, these individuals participated in 8,069 hours of community service. For more information about finding Scouting near you, visit