Salute to Scouting

MAY 2022 - Black Swamp Area Council, B.S.A.

Troop 318 Eagle honored nationally by Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

PHOTO: Chris Cortez (fifth from left) is honored among other Gold Recipients for the 23rd Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Shown announcing the group is Mexican-American singer Ally Brooke (far left) and Chilean NFL player Sammis Reyes (far right). Credit: PHOTO SUBMITTED TO THE COURIER

Arlington Senior also featured in The Courier for accomplishment

Chris Cortez was honored earlier this year as he was named a Gold Recipient for the 23rd Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards in the Sports and Fitness Category.

The Arlington High School Senior was chosen as a Gold Recipient from a pool of about 30,000 applicants within eight states, including Ohio.

For his selection, Chris and his parents  received a trip to the Los Angeles, where Chris was honored not only for his athletic abilities, but for his grades, community service and extracurricular activities as well.

Read the full story about Chris on the council website by CLICKING HERE!

Adams Award recipient gains experience, knowledge through Troop’s efforts

Noah Brennan helped his community by building a serenity garden at Lima Memorial Hospital. This courtyard area had been an old, designated smoking area, but thanks to Noah’s efforts this revitalized area is designated to past, present, and future employees, and volunteers at Lima Memorial Hospital. 

This was Noah Brennan's Eagle Project. He wanted to do the project mainly to give resting place to Doctors and Medical staff for the hardships they have gone through the last two years helping the community overcome the effects of the coronavirus.

In this Serenity Garden there are perennials such as lavender, tactile objects, and sound such as wind chimes. There are two picnic tables with umbrellas on them as well as benches. In these different sections, people can sit individually and not as a group. This is a healthy area to rest and relax. This Serenity Garden was dedicated on October 22, 2021.

The effort put forth by Noah helped earn him the Adams Award at this year's Eagle Scout and Youth Recogition Event, which celebrated the Eagle Scout Class of 2021. To read the full story on the counicl website, CLICK HERE!

Silver Beaver Video Spotlight

This year's Silver Beaver recipients share their individual Scouting journeys in these brief videos featured at this year's Council Dinner. 

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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