Boy Scouts Organize Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Pantries

Wood County residents are asked to leave their donation on their front porch by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018. …..

Wood County, Ohio, October 11, 2018 – In the spirit of the Boy Scouts of America promise, “to do a good turn daily” and “to help other people at all times,” the Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America will organize their annual “Scouting for Food” non-perishable item food drive in Wood County (Ohio) during the week of October 20-27, 2018.

Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts of America’s longest running nation-wide service project to help stop hunger. It began as one Scout’s service project in St. Louis, MO in 1985 and was nationally adopted in 1988.

Twenty-five units comprised of Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Exploring Posts, and Venture Crews located in Wood County will partner with Girl Scouts USA to distribute informational tags by October 20th. The tags will include the local unit serving your area and a list of acceptable donation items. Wood County residents are asked to leave their donation on their front porch by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The items will be picked up and delivered to food pantries and shelters located in Wood County.

Scouting for Food is supported by Frisch’s® Big Boy® Restaurants of NW Ohio and also Keystone Press.


The week of October 20-27, 2018 non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the Wood County locations of Frisch’s® Big Boy® Restaurants to include Wooster St. and Main St. in Bowling Green, Route 20 in Perrysburg and Woodville Rd. in Northwood.

About the Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America:

Under the leadership of approximately 2,500 adult volunteers, the Erie Shores Council provides a values-based, character education program for youth in our community, including Cub Scouts (K-5th grades), Boy Scouts (6th-12 grades). In addition, Erie Shores Council offers Exploring and Venturing which are co-ed programs for youth 14-20 yrs. old who seek opportunities to “explore” fields of career interest or wish to participate in high “adventure” activities.

Erie Shores Council owns two camps, Camp Miakonda in Sylvania, OH and Pioneer Scout Reservation near Pioneer, OH, which provide outdoor education and camping experiences for Scouts and non-Scouts alike.

To learn more, call 419.241.7293, or go to

Fotos by Ferg: Flag Football

Last Saturday morning at the NBHS Tiger Drive Practice Field………….

Last Saturday morning the Flag Football teams were playing hard at the fields out at 2012 Tiger Drive. Here are some pictures of the action:

Flag Football, Saturday, September 29th
Flag Football, Saturday, September 29th
Flag Football, Saturday, September 29th
Flag Football, Saturday, September 29th
Flag Football, Saturday, September 29th
Flag Football, Saturday, September 29th
Flag Football, Saturday, September 29th
Flag Football, Saturday, September 29th

Much THANKS to Scott Ferguson (Fotos by Ferg) for the pictures. Your hard work and dedication are appreciated

Troop 315 Busy Newsletter

Oh yes;  We have a lot on the schedule for October.  Chime into any activity you would like to go to. On some weekends. 

Troop 315 Busy Newsletter (Oct. 2018)
from Scoutmaster Shawn Benajmin
Oh yes;  We have a lot on the schedule for October.  Chime into any activity you would like to go to. On some weekends.  Our leaders are going in two different directions.   The pictures below are from Join Scouting Night,  Camp at Bradner and Joe teaching scouts to do lashings
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell a little story about our troop. particularly, one scout who made me think.  Isaiah B.  Isaiah crossed over last March from cubs and is nearing his first year as a Boy Scout.   This young man smiles quite a bit,  His attitude and personality shines through the group due to his “Happy Camper”  charm.  Isaiah stopped to chit chat at the last camp and said to me,  ” Shawn,  You know why I like scouts……   I get to be myself”.  Immediately, I knew what he meant.  You see scouts can come to our troop and feel comfortable just as they are.  Perhaps this may be influenced by my youth days in scouting and wanting to ensure that all boys who join Troop 315 can enjoy scouting with no need to worry about fitting in.  As Mr. Rogers always said,  “We like you just the way you are”
October 5-7   
Camperall at Pioneer Scout Reservation.  Any scout who has not experienced summer camp or would love to celebrate 50 years of PSR can attend.  Cost is $15.00 and includes all activities and program areas that are open.  Root Beer Cantina and fireworks on Saturday night.   We will leave scout house at 6:30 pm right after Homecoming parade.  Pack class A but you won’t need til Saturday, mess kits, camping supplies.  We will return home by 10:30 am Sunday.  here is an email I received in regards to the Camperall :
The Erie Shores Council, Camp Frontier 50th Celebration Camporall is quickly approaching, and the countless volunteers and staff are hard at work putting on the final touches of what will be an amazing and exciting event for all Scouts. I wanted to reach out and take the time to send you some very important information regarding event logistics and hopefully help answer some of the questions you might have as we get closer to the event. Please see some common questions with answers listed below.
When does check in start?
Check-in will be open from 5:00-9:30 pm Friday night. You will be directed to parking when you arrive and then to your designated camping area.
What paperwork do I need to have?
All participants (youth and adult) must have the BSA Health form (attached) parts A and B only. Please have these ready to turn in when you arrive.
Where are we camping?
Camping will be in the large field north of Lake MacNichol, Parking will be in the astronomy field directly next to the camping field. Fresh water tanks and latrines will be setup for use in the camping area. Troops are encouraged to fill up their water containers at home and arrive with them in their troop trailer to help alleviate lines at the water filling stations. Campsites will be measured out and each troop will receive an area sized appropriately based on pre-registered Scouts. Troops of 12 people or less will be given 2000 Sq. Ft, Troops of 13-24 people will be given 3000 Sq. Ft, Troops of 25-36 will be given 4000 Sq. Ft, and Troops larger than 36 people will be given more space according to their numbers. Keep in mind the average tent is around 48 Sq. Ft, the average dining fly around 600 Sq. Ft, and average Troop trailer around 150 Sq. ft. Camping area are all open and grassy. Troops are required to bring all their own camping equipment.
What is the Schedule for the day/what activities are being offered?
Please check out to download the weekend schedule and activity listing.
What Meals are provided?
Lunch on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday will be provided. Troops are responsible for bringing and cooking all other meals.
Do Scout need to bring money?
Scouts can attend the Camporall with no money at all and have a great time. Please note however that the trading post will be open the entire day and there will also be t-shirts for sale that scouts can choose to custom screen print themselves with the Camporall logo for $10 each. Float at the Root Beer Cantina are provided with the cost of the event at no extra charge.
What time can we leave on Sunday morning?
Troop can pack up and leave as soon as they would like Sunday morning. Troops are encouraged to attend our non-denominational vespers service at 7:00am. We will also be serving donuts, milk, and coffee for breakfast at our vespers service for those who attend
Steve Porter | Camp Frontier Director
October 5  
Homecoming Parade,  Line up at 5:00pm. Friday  at Powell school.  Step off at 5:30pm.  We will then head to scout house to pack and leave for PSR.  Class A uniform for parade.  
October 13
Community Service at Hoytville.  We will need volunteers to help with their village work day,  Only a few hours but great for your scout book advancements.   We will leave the scout house at 8:30am Saturday morning.  Bring water bottle.  Wear Class B T Shirt
October 13
Older scout opportunity for parking lot duty in Van Buren for Soccer Tournament.  Hard work and we need a6-8 scouts 13 or older to help with that.  Meet at scout house at 6:30 am Saturday morning,  Tammy Trout and Tiffany Bowling will be transporting scouts that morning.  Pack a sack lunch for the day. We will be done at 4:00 pm.  Class B T Shirt
October 14
Again, Older scouts will be parking cars at the Apple butter fest in Grand Rapids , OH.  We will leave at an early 6:00am at Scout house and spend the day there till 4:00 pm.  Frank Boes, Joe White and myself will be in charge of that event.   Frank and I plan on cooking lunch that day so no need for sack lunch. Class B T Shirt
October 21
Latin Mass trip to Toledo with our Ad Alteri Dei class.  parents are welcome to come.  This is a traditional Latin Mass that was used from the year 1570 to 1965.  A living treasure of the Catholic church.  We will leave the scout house at 8:00am.  Dress nice for church.  
October 21
Scout meetings resume and Meat Stick  / Wreath fundraiser sheets will be handed out.  These fundraisers will go on through October and into November.  We will extend the meat sticks a little longer but will have 2 order by dates so we can fill in on a second meat stick bulk order as needed.   The wreaths will be ready on the Sunday following Thanksgiving and Dawns Flower Shop will be preparing those for us again.  Thanks, Dawn
October 27
Scouting for food will take place in North Baltimore,  All scouts who can help, show up at the scout house at 9:45 am.  We will pick up food bags in the community and drop off at the Bridge church on Tarr St.  I will need 1 to 2 parents with trucks to assist that morning.  I will take 1 – 2 hours total.  
October 27
Halloween Parade.  Line up is at 6:30pm Step off is at 7:00.  We will start at the park again and end at the Fire Station with cider and doughnuts.  All scouts wanting to march can wear their costume and we will then go to the cemetery for the Cub scout Hay Ride.  Parents can pick up all scouts at the scout house following the event. Should be at 9:30pm.  
Merit Badges
When we resume meetings, Mike Julien will be teaching Electricity and Home Repair merit badges through November and December.  Our scouts will be helping with small repairs at the scout house while earning these merit badges including finishing our cabinets /sink and remodeling the bathrooms.  Any adult who has talent in these areas are asked to help out during the meetings .  Tasks such as setting a toilet, PVC plumbing, tile work, and painting are all part of the needs.  
Bowling Party
Looking ahead,  We do have a bowling party scheduled to take the place of meeting on Sunday, November 25 at Ten Pin Lanes.  Free event for all scouts from 2pm to 4pm
Quote from Lord Baden Powell
“There is no teaching to compare with example.”

Troop 315 Newsletter September 2018

Scouting Calendar all the way through 2019 – Soooo many activities to learn from and enjoy!

Troop 315 Newsletter September

With elections of our new SPL and patrol leadership behind us, Troop 315 is beginning a new chapter in the world of scouting.  We’ve built our troop’s numbers over the years and ramped the scouting program up to allow many young men achieve rank of Eagle.

Trip to the Mansfield Reformatory…
The new Senior Patrol Leader has been hoping for this opportunity for a few years and currently,  our troop consist of 4 patrols;  Eagles , Dragons , Archer, and Border – to be renamed…   Each patrol consist of 5 – 7 boys and each patrol works separately but comes together as a troop to act as one.  This is known in scouting as ” the patrol method”. 
While we’ve always had separate patrols,  focusing on unique tasks and training’s in smaller groups will help keep chaos down and allow each patrol to become stronger and more defined.  Alex, our SPL, being trained at National Youth Leadership Training has really emphasized the need to move forward since our troop is large in membership and honestly,  trying to control 26 scouts with one voice can be challenging.   
We will need a few confirmations on who’s going for the upcoming camps and fundraisers.  With school and sports, it becomes tough to guess on these outings so please respond to any of the following events.
Bloomdale camp 
September 7 – 9.  This camp has no cost and has no grocery list.  It is for the recruitment of scout for Troop 337 and they asked for our help to show lots of scouts this upcoming weekend.  Even if Friday is unavailable due to football,  You can come out Saturday and camp til Sunday.  Either way,  let me know. We will leave the scout house at 6:30pm .  Bring tent, mess kits, and sleeping bag, clothes, etc.  Note about mess kits.  please ensure you have silverware and cups with your kits,  scouts seem to forget a lot of camping supplies .. especially mess kits. 
Luckey Fest.  
September  29 – 30  This Food tent  works in shifts and needs transport at different times through the weekend. We also need adults to assist during the festival.  Our scouts serve food Friday, Sat and Sun til 1:30pm and also cleanup at end.  It is a fundraiser and each shift counts as 1 share towards your scout accounts, The festival is similar to Good ole Summertime  Below are the following shifts available
Friday  4:00pm to Close
Saturday  7:00am – 2:00pm   and   2:00pm to 9:30pm
Sunday  7:00am – 3:00ish
I will provide transportation home on Friday,  Saturday morning and Saturday close.  I will also drive Sunday morning.  We will need drivers for the other times as well as scout and parent helpers.  6 – 8 scouts and parents are needed for each shift
Camperall at PSR
October 5-7    This event celebrates Camp Frontier’s 50th birthday and approx. 3000 scouts\ leaders are expected.  Our troop will set up the 1950’s campsite but can also participate in all activities during the weekend.  It’s summer camp crammed into that weekend.  Cost is $15.00 and I do need a headcount by Sept 20th.  We will return by 10:30am that Sunday.  
Village cleanup day in Hoytville
Chris Snyder has asked for additional help in Hoytville for their village clean up.  on Saturday October 13th.  We will work for 3 – 4 hours and leave N.B. at 8:45am .  Nothing hard but does fulfill community service hours you log in your handbooks. 
Committee meeting
Our adult troop committee will be meeting and discussing budgets, calendar, fundraiser’s,  membership and future of scouting.  Short notice, but this Thursday, August 30th at 7:00 scout house is the time for this .   Also.  all Adult leadership must have taken YPT’s current coarse by October 1,2018
Upcoming Calendar –  We annually present the calendar for the year at this time.  Below is the events we have on it currently.  
4     Rotary meeting State of the troop ( Shawn & Mike)
5-7  Bloomdale camp
26   2 scouts at Chamber meeting
28-30  Luckey Fundraiser
4   Round table
5   Homecoming Parade
5-7 Camp at Pioneer Scout Reservation
13  Hoyville Cleanup
14  Apple butter fest 13up scouts helping
27 Halloween Parade
28  Ad Alteri Dei scouts to St Joseph’s Toledo
31 2 Scouts Chamber Meeting
Wreath Fundraiser
Meat Stick Fundraiser
??  Camp at Doc Roberts
28  Scouts at Chamber
5  Santa visit scouts at Bob Kelley
29  Video Game Night / Sky Zone
Merit Badge
30 Scouts at Chamber
1-3  winter Camp at Miakonda
13  Court of honor for scouts / FOS
27 Scouts at Chamber
1-3  Camp Alaska Survival / Berry
27 Scouts at Chamber
Spring Camp
24 Scouts at Chamber
17 – 19  Armed Forces camp
27    Memorial Day Parade
16 – 22   Summer Camp
Family Picnic
End of summer outing  
Who is  Lord Baden Powell
His first introduction to scouting skills was stalking and cooking animals, and avoiding teachers, in nearby woods, which were strictly out-of-bounds for the school that he attended. He also played the piano and violin, was an ambidextrous artist of some talent, and enjoyed acting. Holidays were usually spent on yachting or canoeing expeditions with his brothers.
Baden-Powell served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa. In 1899, during the Second Boar War in South Africa, Baden-Powell successfully defended the town in the Siege of Mafeking. A Boer army of in excess of 8,000 men surrounded him and his troops. Although wholly outnumbered, the garrison withstood the siege for 217 days, and much of this is attributable to some of the cunning military deceptions instituted at Baden-Powell’s behest as commander of the garrison. As a result, Baden-Powell became a national hero back home.
On his return home, Baden-Powell found that his military training manual “Aids to Scouting” had become something of a best seller, and was being used by teachers and youth organizations. Following a meeting with the founder of the Boys’ Brigade, Sir William Smith, Baden-Powell decided to re-write Aids to Scouting to suit a youth readership, and in 1907 held a camp on Brownsea Island for 22 boys of mixed social background to test out some of his ideas, which is now seen as the beginning of the Scouting movement.
“Scouting for Boys” was subsequently published in 1908 in six installments. Boys spontaneously formed Scout troops and the Scouting movement had inadvertently started, first a national, and soon an international obsession.
Although he could have continued his military career, Baden-Powell decided to retire from the Army in 1910 on the advice of King Edward VII, who suggested that he could better serve his country by promoting Scouting.
Under his leadership, Baden-Powell brought Scouting to the youth of the world and the world Scouting movement grew. By the end of 1910, there were over 100,000 Scouts in England. In 1922, there were more than a million scouts in 32 countries and by 1939; the number of Scouts had grown in excess of 3.3 million. Baden-Bowell became appropriately known as the “Chief Scout of the World”

“Join Scouting” Night Scheduled

Join Scouting Night is at Powell Elementary School Gymnasium on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

It is that time of year again where the kids are all heading back to school.  With everything going on including homework, sports and your evening activities, you may not have thought about scouting.  However, it is the perfect time. We are just getting into the swing of things for our scouting year.

Cub Scouts is a family oriented bonding experience for all ages from kindergarten through fifth grade.  Pull your kids away from the television and enroll them into scouting. Cub Scouting is full of monthly pack events, such as parades, pinewood derby, camping and many other family type events.  In their den meetings they learn to set up a tent, first aid, all about animals and plants, cyberbullying, etc.  Even if your son is involved in sports, we will do our best work around other activities.

If you are interested in finding out more about scouting come to our Join Scouting Night at Powell Elementary School Gymnasium on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

If you are unable to attend and are still interested in scouting, feel free to contact Eric Trout, Cubmaster at 419.257.3855 (Home) or 419.262.3967 (Cell) or

Pioneer Scout Reservation 50th Anniversary Camporall

Be sure to pre-register for the event to save your spot!…

Pioneer Ohio, August, 2018 — The Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host a Council-Wide Camporall to celebrate 50 years of summer camp on October 5-7, 2018, at Pioneer Scout Reservation, 07371 County Road S. Over 2,500 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, Sea Scouts and Explorers will plan to attend.

Scouts will participate in many activities to include, shooting sports, handicrafts projects, biking, Scout skills, ecology demonstrations, climbing, and much more! There will also be many static displays from exhibitors from around the area. There will also be an opening campfire show, a Rootbeer cantina, and a professional fireworks display to end the night with a BANG!!

Be sure to pre-register for the event to save your spot!

The event will be open to the public and media on Saturday, October 6, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, check out the weblink:

About the Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America: 

Under the leadership of approximately 2,500 adult volunteers, the Erie Shores Council provides a values-based, character education program for youth in our community, including Cub Scouts (1st-5th grades), Boy Scouts (6th-12 grades).  In addition, Erie Shores Council offers Exploring and Venturing which are co-ed programs for youth 14-20 yrs. old who seek opportunities to “explore” fields of career interest, or wish to participate in high “adventure” activities.

Erie Shores Council serves more than 6,000 youth throughout Lucas, Wood, Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, as well as, a portion of Fulton County including Swanton, OH.  Erie Shores Council owns two camps which provide outdoor education and camping experiences for Scouts and non-Scouts alike.

To learn more, call 419.241.7293, or go to

Area Boy Scouts hold Flag Disposal Ceremony

Open to the public….

Boy Scouts of America Troop 87 will be conducting a flag disposal ceremony on Wednesday August 22, 2018 at Camp Miakonda at 5600 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43623.   The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

The United States Flag Code 36s 176(k) states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”  This solemn ceremony is designed to show Scouts and citizens of all ages how to provide for disposal of unserviceable flags in a dignified manner.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to take part in this moving ceremony.  Those who attend will come away with a great sense of pride and learn something they may not have known about our country and our flag.

If anyone has a flag that is tattered or torn (no longer “serviceable”), they can bring it to the ceremony or drop it off in the lobby of the Scout Service Center at Camp Miakonda, 5600 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43623.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.  For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Troop 315 August Newsletter

Awards Picnic this Sunday…

The Good Ole Summertime fest was a huge success,  The troop made $2050.00 profit after expenses.  Thank you to all parents and scouts who helped.  These fundraisers help the troop and the scout accounts.  For our new parents.  All fundraisers that earn more than $250.00 get split in half.  Half troop account and Half Scout accounts.  This allows us to pay for cabins, patches, recharter fees and other scout needs.  The scout accounts allow each scout to earn their share of trips, and uniform needs.  I’ve included pics of Bob Latta stopping by for a brat. 
August 5 Sunday @ 5:00 pm Awards Picnic at Shelter House 3 by Football Field,  Potluck w/ hamburgers and hotdogs.  Wear your class A uniform for the ceremony.  We have a new Senior Patrol Leader to announce as well as new leadership among the patrols. 
August 10-12  Mansfield Reformatory– Includes Crime prevention Merit badge.  We will leave  Scout House at 6:00 pm Friday night.  Cost $10.00.  Bring tents, mess kits, camping supplies and your class A uniform shirt.  We will tour the prison Saturday and then off to the Sheriff’s office for a merit badge.  Here is the menu for the event.
        Friday night   Hot dogs / chips/ cookies
        Saturday Breakfast    Mountain man breakfast
        Saturday Lunch       Cold cut subs / chips / cookies at the reformatory
        Saturday  Supper     Stew
        Sunday Breakfast    doughnuts / juice/ milk
Here is the grocery list thus far.  There are 3 items left sausage, turkey, and tater tots.  Let me know
2 pack 30 ct hot dogs BOYCE
8 packs Hot Dog Buns  BOWLING
3 bags chips asst.VANLERBERG  
3 Packages of off brand sandwich cookies CLAYTON
5 bags tater tots  frozen
1 big family bag cheese fiesta CLAYTON
1 onion BOES
2 bag precooked frozen sausages links or patty
6 paks hamburger buns VANLERBERG
1 lettuce head BOWLING
3 tomatoes BOWLING
2 36 ct cheese slice BOWLING
2 lbs sliced or chipped ham GREEN
2 lbs sliced or chipped turkey
5 packs little Debbie doughnuts MOWERY
5 More packs little Debbie doughnuts MOWERY
eggs  BOES
Milk  BOES
Juice BOES
Stew fixins  BOES
August 18 Saturday, 2:00pm @ American Legion… Damon Dotson Eagle Ceremony… Class A uniforms.  this is the highest rank for scouting.  All are encouraged to attend.
August 20, Monday   5:00pm – 7:00pm .  School Open house.  We set up a recruitment table at Powell along with the Cub Scouts.  Any scout who is attending 5th or 6th grade is asked to wear his Class A and spend some time at our booth after he’s done with Meet & Greet with his teachers. 
September 7-9   Bloomdale recruitment camp in village We have been asked to assist Troop 337 Bloomdale, in an effort to grow their troop.  The Village in inviting youth to participate in this camp.  There is no cost and all food is provided.  There will be an outside movie and we will set up our 1950’s tents and wear our class A’s on Saturday.  Games, scout craft cooking and all sorts of fun to be had that weekend.  Let me know if you can attend


Shawn Benjamin


SIGN UP FOR S’MORE SUMMER GIRLS going into grades 1-6

SIGN UP FOR S’MORE SUMMER GIRLS going into grades 1-6

Not quite ready for summer to end?

Attend our summer sampler and be sure to check off all the best activities from your summer bucket list.

Possible activities include:
 Nature Hikes
 Creek Stomping
 Slingshots
 Water Games
 Archery*
 Animal Presentations
 Geocaching
 Fire Building and Outdoor Cooking
 … and more!
*Archery is only permitted for Girl Scout Brownies and

August 9 and 10, 2018, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Cost: $25 per girl – Scholarships are available

Miser Riverview Shelter
William Henry Harrison Park
644 Bierley Avenue
Pemberville, OH 43450

To Register: Contact Anitra Bates at 567.225.3537 or, or sign-up online at