Wood Co. Parks June 18 – 30

Water Quality
Tuesday, June 18th; 6:00pm – 8:00pm
William Henry Harrison Park
Learn about water quality of the Portage River by finding and identifying macro-invertebrates from the water. You must be prepared to go into knee deep water with close-toed shoes. No experience needed. Must be 10 years of age and up to participate. Minors need an adult present. Participants must be able to walk on uneven terrain. Event is dependent on water levels.
Thursday, June 20th; 6:30pm – 9:30pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Teen participants will assist with a stewardship project and learn about our iNaturalist program at Wood County Parks. Bring your phone to take photos and add them to our WC Parks or iNaturalist apps. Enjoy snacks and conversation after our return to the nature center. This is a drop-off program; you are encouraged to leave your teen with us and return for pickup.
Scenic River Canoeing
Friday, June 21st; 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Orleans Boat Launch:
E. Harrison Ave, Perrysburg
Enjoy a scenic paddle on the Maumee River around the Audubon Islands State Nature Preserve with naturalists and ODNR stream scientists, who will point out interesting river features. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home. Previous canoeing experience highly recommended. Must be 6 years old to ride in middle, 10 years old to paddle at the bow (front), 14 years old to paddle without an adult in the same boat (must have liability form signed by legal guardian before attending the program). Please make arrangements with program leader for center riders or special needs.
Wilderness First Aid Course
Saturday & Sunday, June 22nd – 23rd; 8:30am – 7:00PM
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Learn how to save life and limb when mired in an area far from the hospital or in a natural area miles from an access point in this class provided by MEDIC SOLO. Classroom instruction and hands-on problem-solving are blended into this rescue scenario training. Gain care-giving confidence and the SOLO 2-year certification. No prerequisites. More information and registration at solowfa.com
Explorers Farm Summer Camp (7-8 yrs)
Monday- Friday, June 24th – June 28th; 9:00am – 12:00pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Experience the summer life of old-time play and homestead chores for children growing up on a 1930s farm. Whether feeding the livestock, baking Dutch oven cookies, tending the vegetable patch, or playing ringolevio in the woodlot, campers will learn about the reward of farm work and the joy of outdoors play. Sign up for both Farm and Nature Camp and we will transport your camper between parks. Please provide a reliable email address or phone number; additional necessary information will be sent to you following your registration. Scholarships are available for families needing assistance with camp fees. Contact Program Coordinator Jim Witter at 419-661-1697×1 or at jwitter@wcparks.org prior to registration for more information.
Explorers Nature Summe Camp (7-8 yrs)
Monday – Friday, June 24th – 28th; 1:00pm – 4:00pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Explore, learn, and get dirty at our half-day Nature Camps! Every day offers new educational and entertaining activities to connect campers to the outdoors and all the things that call it home. A field trip to another Wood County Park expands the exploration of the outdoors, and the joy of discovery! Please provide a reliable email address or phone number; additional necessary information will be sent to you following your registration. Scholarships are available for families needing assistance with camp fees. Contact Program Coordinator Jim Witter at 419-661-1697×1 or at jwitter@wcparks.org prior to registration for more information.
Paddle the Pond
Monday, June 24th; 4:00pm – 7:30pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
No Registration Required. Enjoy a float on the pond at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve; perfect for a family outing, comfort-builder for beginners, or relaxing exercise! An instructor will be available for introductory safety and skills education. All boats, life-jackets, and paddles provided. Boats and gear on a first-come-first-served basis. Enjoy a nature walk while you wait! The last Monday of every month will feature kayaks along with canoes: June 24, July 29, August 26. Must be 4 years of age or older to ride, 12 years old for kayaks. Call ahead for special needs accommodations. Kayaking programs made possible with ODNR Division of Watercraft.
No Registration Required
Cycle Werks Basics
Wednesday, June 26th; 6:00pm – 7:45pm
CycleWerks Bicycle & Fitness: 248 South Main Street, Bowling Green
Bike upkeep is crucial to ensuring your rides are smooth and safe. Let the experts from CycleWerks tune-up your skills in maintenance fundamentals in this hands-on workshop. Bring your own bike for hands-on practice. All other materials provided.
Coastal Kayaking: Skills, Rescues, Safety
Sunday, Thursday, Friday, June 27th – 30th; 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Three Meadows Pond: 700 Three Meadows Drive, Perrysburg
Join American Canoe Association instructors to advance your kayak safety and rescue skills in an open water/coastal environment. Kayakers with novice to intermediate ability are encouraged to participate in this three-session class. June 27 & 28 (6-9 pm) June 30 (8 am-2 pm) The first two classes include basic stroke instruction, practice, and rescues on inland waters at Three Meadows Pond in Perrysburg. The third class will take place on open water in the Woodtick Peninsula area of Maumee Bay where students can practice in a coastal/open water environment. Must be 18 years of age or older. This course will include water submersion and basic rescue techniques. All kayaks and gear provided; personal equipment welcome, check with leader beforehand. Dress for the weather and for frequent swimming. Student must be comfortable and confident in their kayak paddling ability, with thorough experience and/or have successfully completed a previous kayak paddling skills course and meet Essential Eligibility Criteria (abilities and characteristics deemed fundamental for participation). See program details by clicking, “Register Here”. Kayaking programs made possible with ODNR Division of Watercraft.
Cost: $75
Commemorative Trail
Say it forever and leave a legacy with a Commemorative Trail Brick.
3 lines of text on a 4 x 8″ brick = $100
5 lines of text on an 8 x 8″ brick = $125
Passport to the Parks
Pick up your 2019 Passport to the Parks at the Park District Headquarters, or any of our park kiosks. This self-stamping passport is a fun way to keep track of the great activities you participate in! Once you have collected 10 or 20 stamps you can redeem your passport at the park district headquarters for great prizes!

Cub Scouting Info Meeting

What is Cub Scouts all about? Come and find out !!!

What is Cub Scouts all about?
Come and find out !!!

Come see what we are all about.

Friday, June 21, 2019, 7:00pm
At the N.B. Public Library
All Boys and Girls welcome!

Entering Kindergarten thru 4th grade.

Come experience scouting.

Current Cub Scouts will be receiving their advancement patches followed with a !!! Movie !!!

Cubmaster Eric Trout
eltrout75@gmail.com or
419.257.3855 (Home) or 419.262.3967 (Cell) Pack

NBPD: Operation Safe Summer June 10 – 14

FREE and open to any elementary school-aged child…

Operation Safe Summer

The North Baltimore Police Department is offering an Operation Safe Summer safety program.

The program is free and open to any elementary school-aged child; preschoolers are welcome with a responsible caregiver.

The program is being held at North Baltimore Public Library located at 230 N. Main Street North Baltimore, Ohio.

The program runs June 10- June 14 from 09:00 am – 11:00 am.

The children will be provided a snack each day. Parents will be responsible to arrange transportation to and from the safety program.

If you have any questions please contact Officer Mandy Slane at North Baltimore Police Department (419) 257-2181.

St. Luke’s Church Announces Theme for VBS 2019

Save the Dates!

Save the Dates for St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Bible School!

Miraculous Mission Jesus Saves the World is the theme for 
Vacation Bible School 2019 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
215 N. Second Street, North Baltimore, Ohio
The annual event will be held from Sunday July 21  through Thursday, July 25,2019. The time each evening will be 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Historical Help Needed by 4-H

Looking for band info from 1933…..Wood County 4-H program celebrating 100 years……Many NB area participants

1933   4-H Band has strong NB connections, by Sue Miklovic

The 4-H staff at the OSU Extension office of Wood County recently asked me if I could help them locate any photos they could borrow and copy for the timeline they are creating for the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Wood County.

They shared an article they had regarding the forming of a Wood County 4-H Band in 1933. The band director was Mr. Todd Simon of North Baltimore. Consequently, several of the band members were also from NB.

Here is the article they shared:

Several names in this clipping from the original article contains many people that are probably familiar with many of you, that have long-time ties to the area.

If anyone has any band pictures, group or individuals, related to this topic, that you would be willing to share for the purpose of making a copy, please contact, Sue Miklovic by leaving a comment here, emailing to editor@theNBXpress.com, or phoning at 419-581-9629 to leave  message.

The Wood County 4-H program is celebrating their 100th anniversary in Wood County, Ohio throughout the entire year or 2019.

NB Troop #315 Newsletter – May 2019

NB now has the largest troop in Wood County!

Troop 315 May Newsletter
Scoutmasters Minute – Shawn Benjamin
Mike Julien, Tim Brown and I attended the district annual dinner in April and wanted to let the troop know how we are doing logistically.  Troop 315 has earned on average 4.5 merit badges per scout in 2018.    85% of our troop ranked up at least one rank,  Our troop went on at least 1 outing per month last year.  Troop 315 received the Leroy Strausbaugh award and Tim Brown received the W.O.O.D award.  Our leaders are 100% YPT trained. and with our newest scouts joining,  we are at 30 scouts still for 2019.    
We are now the biggest troop in Wood District.  Pretty impressive feat but with all the people who support our troop in North Baltimore, it truly is a blessing to have a scouting program that delivers to our youth.  
May 2  Mock Crash Scene
All scouts in North Baltimore schools in grades 5-8 will be able to participate in the Mock Crash scene being held at the football field.  9-12 will be transported by NB school and troop leaders will transport the others.  Your son will need a permission slip on file with Powell or Jr Hi office next week to participate.  The slip should state that your son can be picked up by Boy Scout troop 315 leader for the purpose of attending the Mock crash scene.  If you are not wanting your son to go. Please let me know. We will call out our troop roster the day of the event.  This event is part of the Emergency Preparedness merit badge Larry Bateson has been teaching.
May 12  Mothers Day — No meeting
May  17 – 19  Armed Forces Weekend
I am aware of the Washington D.C. trip, so anyone who is not going to that can attend .  Location;  Hancock County Fairgrounds. Class B shirt for Saturday breakfast service.  Fundraiser event for the troop  with tent camping throughout the weekend.  
BSA physicals for Summer Camp
Please make sure your son’s has a current BSA physical.  Here is the link :  
  https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/healthsafety/pdf/680-001_abc.pdf.  In addition,  
we will have a talent release form but wont need filled out until we depart for camp.  Summer camp dates are  June 16 – 22.
If you missed the early bird deadline for camp fees. Your cost for camp is $315.00 without camp hat.  Please call me if you need to arrange camp for your scout after the April 28 deadline.
May 27 Memorial Day Parade
All Scouts.  Full Class A uniform,  Meet at fire station at 8:30am. We will march to the Old Maplewood Cometary and then to New Maplewood .  There will be a lunch at the American Legion at around 11:30 ish so all participants in the parade are welcome to eat.
June 12 Monsoon Lagoon
I have secured approx. 30 tickets to Monsoon Lagoon at $18.00.  I do have a list of scouts going so if I haven’t committed to a ticket yet.  Let me know.  
October 25-27  Nuclear Science Merit Badge and Camp
Out troop has 17 spots to  attend Atomic Energy Camporee in Port Clinton Ohio.  We will learn about Nuclear Science at the Davis Besse plant.  If you are interested in this camp please let me know.  Cost is $20 but includes all meals.  I had to reserve early since this camp fills up fast.  More details as it gets closer but here is a link to the camp
Quote from Lord Baden Powell
“The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself.”

Troop 315 Activities March 2019

NB Boy Scout Troop 315 planning for busy “Camp Season”! Loads of learning and fun outdoors!

Troop 315 April Newsletter

This newsletter will remind and update all on camps and outings plus all fees needed as well as, pay by, dates.  Our troop is planning for an exciting summer.  Memorial Day parade, Good Ole Summertime Food Booth, Family picnic and awards ceremony, to the end of summer swimming party.  It’s all here.  These items will be, detail listed, in upcoming newsletters.   All scout accounts are updated so please inquire if you need a breakdown of your son’s account info. 
To my new scouts…  Daniel, Noah, Weston, Cole,  and David.  You guys are in for a great time in scouts.  Just ask anyone in the troop or around our community how active we are.  We are one of the largest troops in Wood county and our North Baltimore program  tells the story.  The troop follows Lord Baden Powell’s “Boy Led Troop” mentality.  You guys decide what we do and adults help deliver the program.  I thank everyone of our families who are involved and am very excited to have every boy who wants to be a scout in the troop.  And.. If you have a friend who might like this kind of fun.  Tell them to check it out.    We are again at 30 boys with the new scouts ,Lets see if we can make that number grow. 
Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge
Starting March 31 thru April.  Mr. Bateson will be teaching E Prep so please plan on attending.  This is an Eagle required merit badge.  and as a reminder.  Only 3 scouts completed Genealogy so get all your work into Tammy Trout to earn the badge. 
Summer Camp June 16 thru 22.  Camp Frontier in Pioneer Ohio
Cost this year is $295.00 if paid by April 28,2018… $315.00 after that.  All early bird paid scouts will also receive a Camp Frontier hat.  Here is a link to the leaders guide..    If you are a parent and would like to go with your son;  Cost is $112.00 and also having Youth Protection completed. Make checks payable to Troop 315
Also Physicals are required for all scouts and adults participating.  Here is the link for that 
A copy of your insurance card is also required with this packet and due by June 1st, 2019
All scouts who filled out their merit badge request form will have first shot at the available slots.  If you haven’t done this yet.  Please get with me before May 1st to ensure you get what you want.
Troop Shoot April 13
Here is a list of scouts and adults who are attending this event.  All slots are full a this time.  Brian Vanlerberg, Frank Boes and Shawn are driving.  We will leave the scouthouse at 8:30am Saturday morning.  We will stop at Stevie B’s after the shoot.  Be back by 1:30pm ish
Jordan Kimmel , Conner Bowling  ,Josh Clayton,Jesse Vanlerberg  ,Noah Vanlerberg, Everett Mowery  ,Skyler Livingston , Isaiah Boyce , Aaron Boes, John Maloney, Zack Trout , Levi Trout , Alex Benjamin
Wood District Spring Camporee April 26-28
Cygnet Ohio, Heavy machinery camp,  Cost $10.00.  There will be a grocery list coming out. We will leave the scout house at 6:30pm Friday.  Pack sleeping bag, mess kits, Class A shirt,  and clothes, pj’s toiletries.  You can buddy up with a scout who has a tent or bring your own. 
Armed Forces Camp  May 16-18
Location Findlay Fairgrounds,  Same prep as above camp plus we cook breakfast for military folks early Saturday morning.  No cost for camp but there is a military flea market.  NOTE TO PARENTS.  there are a lot of weapon type items for sale.  Any scout who buys such items will be held by leaders til parents pick them up Sunday.  This includes Air soft, knives, non functioning guns, swords, etc.  This is a safety procedure . Scouts may watch all shows during the weekend . 
Monsoon Lagoon June 12, Wednesday
I have commitments from the following,  Jackman(6), Benjamin(3), Livingston(3) ,Daniel , Kyle, Conner, Troop 337(6) = 21 of the 30 tickets so far.  Please let me know so we can get them before the sale ends.  Cost $18.00.  IF We miss the deal $40.00.  Also We’re gonna need drivers so parents , let me know if you can take the day off for this event. The entire troop raised their hand when asked who’s going,  Just need parents commitment.  
Sea Base July 2020
Here is a list of who is going .    Frank Boes, Shawn Benjamin, Mr. Livingston, Clayton Heineman, Alex Benjamin, Aaron Boes, Isaiah Boyce, Jesse Vanlerberg, Josh Fennel, Conner Bowling, Wyatt Mowery, Casey Mowery, Skyler Livingston, Alex Trout, Jayden Bucher, Jordan Kimmel.  
Cost for Sea Base is 960.00 per scout / leader
 Plane tickets will be added later but we will look for deals throughout the year for best price
The starting deposit and first payment of $150.00 is due by March 8th,2019.  Mostly all paid Thank You
Second payment of 270.00 is due by September 15, 2019
Third payment of 270.00 is due by January 15,2020
Final Payment of 270.00 is due by April 15,2020
Then only the plane tickets will be the requirements.
Quote from Lord Baden Powell.
“It is the spirit within , Not the veneer without, that makes a man.”
Scoutmaster Shawn Benjamin

Blue and Gold Ceremony 2019

Boy Scout Troop 315 welcomed two new members on Sunday, March 3rd following the Webelos Two Crossover Ceremony.

From Pack to Troop

Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

Boy Scout Troop 315 welcomed two new members on Sunday, March 3rd following the Webelos Two Crossover Ceremony.

Daniel Hinkle and Noah Vanlerberg were celebrated for all of their adventures during their time in Pack #372 and received a warm welcome (and a nice new mess kit!) during an evening of ceremony at our American Legion.

Eagle Scout Billy Trout served as the guest archer for the crossover portion of the evening.  Jackson Cook and Grady Delancy achieved their Bobcat Rank and are on their way to doing good deeds and turning that patch right side up. You can do it, boys!

All cub scouts in attendance received their achievement patches and five Padrone’s fund raiser punch cards to sell. For a ten dollar donation, you receive a punch card good for 125 dollars worth of pizza. Amazing deal, right? And you can feel good about every pizza you eat since it is for a good cause. I have said before that “charity calories” or “good karma calories” don’t count.

If you are interested in helping our pack with this fundraiser, contact Eric Trout for all your pizza needs, (419) 262-3967.

Feel free to stop by our District Pinewood Derby at North Baltimore High School on March 16th to see our cubs in racing action. We are also looking forward to Spring Camp at Camp Berry May 3-5.

Troop 315 Newsletter Feb. 2019

Scouts gearing up for a busy 2019 – Get involved!

Enjoy this photo carousel from Troop 315 activities over the years...

Troop 315 March Newsletter

Scoutmaster Minute
I am happy to be back after a few months of family matters. To get everyone back on track for our troop, we will need to plan a committee meeting this month. If Wednesday March 20th at 7:00pm works for everyone on the committee . Then we shall plan for that date. Let me know either way.

I do need to thank all the leaders who stepped up . Tim Brown, Frank Boes, Joe White for running the meetings keeping our scouts excited . The charter has been returned so I will have new membership cards for the scouts at the next meeting.

A note on membership cards. The National scouting office has decided that this year will be the last year they will issued individual scout member ship cards. However; as a troop I will make sure our scouts continue to have these cards and make them in house.

A story to go with the membership cards. Over the years citizens of North Baltimore would find random lost and found items around town, including scout wallets. these folks would come into my computer shop and say, “I believe you may know this young man.” When I opened the wallet I find. Boy Scout membership cards, Totin Chit and Fireman Chit cards so.. as a Scout master, I realize how important scouting is to our boys not to mention the smile I get knowing a scout values these things – along with the 53 odd cents in it as well .

Summer camp details

Fees for 2019 Early bird, in council scout camp is $295.00 . Here is the link from Camp frontier https://www.psrweb.org/ Feel free to look at all summer camp has to offer. I inform all parents after the first of the year so you have the option of spreading the cost over time til the deadline of April 29.. Scouts can use any and all their accounts for this .

For parents to look at.

Camp Frontier 2019 leaders guide; https://www.psrweb.org/LeaderGuidede link:
In preparation for camp , scouts will need an annual BSA physical, BSA part A,B,C must be completed annually for scout to participate in camps of 72 hrs or longer :: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf. These are due by June 1st,2019 and can be included in any checkup, sports physical, but must be signed by physician. We keep them with us for all scouting events.

Scout Accounts

Please email me to inquire on balance in your sons’ account
Karate class opportunity

Karate class is now happening for interested scouts. Monday night , we leave North Baltimore at 4:45 to trek to Ottowa for karate. Anyone interested, please let me know.

March 1-3 Camp Alaska

All the prepping you have been doing at the meetings, you will be tested in this 24 hour survival camp. I hope you all have been paying attention about; What to Bring, What to wear, What to eat, and How to make a Shelter, Start a fire, Handle core body temp. We will start off in the cabin at Camp Berry, Supper will be Pizza from Little Ceaser’s and Hot cakes and Sausage for Breakfast Saturday morning. Then… Your on your own for 24 hrs. Good Luck!

March 3 Blue and Gold

Full Class A uniform. Meet at the American Legion . Ceremony starts at 6:00pm. We will be welcoming new scouts into our troop.

March 8 Sea Base first payment due

All scouts who were interested in the Sea Base trip in 2020. The first $150.00 deposit is due by March 8. Please make checks payable to troop 315. Frank Boes and myself will be participating in this scout outing. So far. Jordan K., Aaron B., Josh F.,Skyler L.,Clayton H. Wyatt M. Casey M. Jesse V. Alex B.,Conner B. Frank B, Shawn B, & Skyler’s dad have all said they want to go. We still have 3 more spots so let me know . If those spots don’t get filled by us. We will open it up to the district and council so please let us know ASAP.

March 9 Service hours

The Library needs help setting up chairs on Saturday morning at 8:30am. any scout who want to help out, show up and wait for directions. It won’t take long.

March 10 Flag Ceremony

We will need 4 – 6 scouts to participate in the flag raising ceremony for the Public Library celebration. Full Class A uniform

2 Merit Badges being offered in March and May


Tammy Trout is offering this elective merit badge in March on 10th and 24th at the scout meetings. It will take 2 to 3 meetings to complete.

Emergency Preparedness

This is an eagle required merit badge offered by Larry Bateson in April. Due to Easter Sunday and the Camporee in April in may run into May.

To earn either of these merit badges the counselor must sing off “COMPLETE” on your blue cards.

Troop Shoot April 13

Link http://www.blackswampbsa.org/event/2457484

I was able to aquire 8 spots for scouts to attend Camp Berry’s troop shoot on April 13 from 9 to 12. Scouts will be able to shoot Shotgun, Rifle and Archery. Email me to grab a spot. Its first come first serve due to open spots. We will go to Stevie B’s for lunch after words, so although eh shoot is free, send scouts with $7.00 for lunch

Quote from Lord Baden Powell
“In all of this, it is the spirit that matters. Our Scout law and Promise, when we really put them into practice, take away all occasion for wars and strife among nations.”