2014 Black Swamp Area Council Youth Recognition Event
On February 2ndthe Black Swamp Area Council recognized 73 local Eagle Scouts and one Silver Award from the Venturing program. These youth spent numerous hours working on projects and other requirements to reach their ultimate goals. The dinner was at the UNOH event center in Lima and was attended by just under 400 Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, families, and sponsors from 13 counties in northwest and west central Ohio.
Mayor Dave Berger from Lima was the guest MC for the evening that included the former Scout Executive for the council Vic Pooler as a guest speaker along with the Central Region Scout Executive Al Lambert. Mr. Lambert has been an excellent leader in the Central Region and is considered a candidate for the next National Scout Executive position.
The dinner is meant to recognize the youth and to connect them with sponsors from the 13 counties that consider their achievements to be important and vital to the local communities. Most of their projects and time spent in the organization is aimed to support local communities and to help them grow as individuals. They are part of a small percentage of youth that make it to that point every year in the country. The evening is planned by an amazing group of volunteers from the council that all understand the importance to recognize these youth and the great things they are doing. Many of these individuals know this because of their experiences with their own youth and local units.
What a great night for our youth and our communities!
The Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts has named a new Scout Executive/CEO to serve 13 counties of northwest Ohio. Marc Kogan, who comes from the Connecticut Rivers Council will be in place in his new capacity in mid-March.
Marc has over 16 years of experience serving in 2 states and 3 Councils. He was chosen for his exemplary record in fundraising, membership management and volunteer recruitment.
The selection process for the new scout executive was comprehensive and volunteer-driven. A local volunteer board nominated 12 individuals from throughout the council to a Selection Committee: Stan Doty, Curt Brookhart, Mike Wolfe, Steve Wilder, Scott Gray, Bob Chesebro, John Swearingen, Karl Heminger, Phil Havens, Bill Small, Cheryl Parson, and Chair Cary Cox.
“We are excited to have Marc Kogan join the leadership team here. The selection committee considered candidates from all over the United States for this position. All of the candidates we considered possessed the experience and skills to lead the council forward. Marc was selected because we believe he is a wonderful fit for the communities we serve,” Cox said.
The Black Swamp Area Council offices are in Findlay and the council supports scouting in Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Seneca, Van Wert, and Williams counties.
The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 with a focus on working together to deliver the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.