The Eagle

Black Swamp Area Council - April 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?

Van Wert Scout uses opportunity to make change

Given the opportunity and empowered, youth can do remarkable things.

It is an aim of the Boy Scouts of America to provide Scouts with the skills and opportunities to do just that. Every Scout in our program is provided an opportunity to learn the skills to help them be more competent adults. Scouting is teaching today’s youth about the values of citizenship, compassion, and cooperation so they become the leaders of tomorrow in their own lives and in their communities.

Van Wert Scout Liam Shartzer demonstrated how this works. He was one person making a difference when he used the opportunity of completing an Eagle Scout project to benefit the community.

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Ottawa-Glandorf Senior Class features 24 Eagle Scouts

The Ottawa-Glandorf Senior Class of 2022 boasts the largest group of Eagle Scouts to graduate from Ottawa-Glandorf High School.  This group of 24 Eagle Scouts completed more than 2,500 hours of community service during the completion of their projects.  The Scouts are members of Ottawa Boy Scout Troop 224 and Glandorf Boy Scout Troop 229.

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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