Salute to Scouting

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

PHOTO: National Youth Leadership Training Class of 2022 pose outside Camp Berry's Donnell Lodge in June. Course Director Sandy Wood led the group this year as Scoutmaster.

Building Effective Leaders

36 Graduate from Youth Leadership Course

In early June 2022, 34 young men and two young ladies graduated from National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) at Camp Berry. In addition, new Course Director, Sandy Wood received a special ceremony to receive her “Fourth Bead” indicating multiple years and positions supporting NYLT and Wood Badge courses.

NYLT is a six-day course, nationally developed and offered locally, using active learning and problem solving to teach leadership skills to Scouts and Venturers ages 13-20.

This course is not a classroom training, as it offers more for the participants. Scouts experience games, challenges, presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities that resonate with youth. Best of all, instructors and staff for the course is comprised mainly of youth Scouts who have previously graduated from an NYLT course.

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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