The Eagle

Black Swamp Area Council - March 2022

What does it mean to be an Eagle Scout? How does one become an Eagle Scout?   Why does it require a project? These are common questions to someone who hasn’t achieved the rank of Eagle. We celebrate when a Scout is decorated with the Eagle Scout rank. We give gifts and have a party. But what happens before the party? How much does a Scout really have to accomplish in order to earn the rank that only 6% of Scouts have the honor of claiming?

Seven Members of Ottawa Troop 224 receive Eagle Scout Award

Seven members of Ottawa Scouts BSA Troop 224 recently received their Eagle Scout Award. Scouts receiving Eagle Scout included Zachary Powell, Tyler Hohenbrink, Jordan Croy, Jace VanOss, Travis DeMuth, Kolton Schroeder, and Luke Salazar. Combined, these Scouts completed more than 1,000 hours of community service by doing their Eagle Scout projects.

During their Court of Honor, the Scouts had an opportunity to thank those people who helped with their projects.  It takes a community to raise a child was very evident as they thanked the numerous local businesses, community organizations, schools, and government officials that either donated to or physically helped with their projects.  A big thank you to the Putnam County Youth Soccer League, Gilboa American Legion, Miller City-New Cleveland Schools, Saint Peter and Paul School, Ottawa- Glandorf Schools, and the Village of Ottawa for all their support.

Ohio Senator Rob McColley, who spoke briefly at the Court of Honor, talked about how these young men are the future leaders of our nation.  He went on to say the future is bright as we look at the accomplishments of these Scouts. The Scouts also received proclamations from the Lima Elks and the Ottawa Kiwanis Club, which is the long-time chartering organization of Troop 224.

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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