Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts clarify what’s changing & what’s not in scouting

Over the past several months people who care deeply about the Boy Scouts of America have expressed concern about the decision to invite more girls to participate in BSA programs.  Simultaneously, incorrect information has been promulgated, only to cause more concern. Rest assured that the Boy Scouts of America organization has not changed its name.  The Boy Scouts of America will continue the time-honored mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law in order to become responsible, participating citizens.  Offering programs that accomplish this mission to girls will enhance, rather than diminish, this vital work. Beginning February 2019, the Boy Scout program name will be Scouts BSA.  Just as now, all participants will be called Scouts.  Beginning this August, in the Erie Shores Council, girls age 5 – 10 will be invited to participate in Cub Scouts.  The functional unit of the Cub Scout Pack is the den. Dens will be single-gender. Local Packs may choose between all-boy packs, all-girl packs, and pack that is a hybrid of girls and boys dens. Later, girls age 11 – 17, will be invited to participate in single-gender Scout Troops and will be eligible to earn the rank of Eagle.  Girls already enjoy the benefits of the Venturing and Exploring programs and this will not change. Rather than arising out of pressure from outside organizations, the desire to include girls developed organically among the families served by BSA.  This is a decision made at the national level, after thoughtful consideration, to benefit American families. In England, where scouting began, girls have participated since 1991 and now make up more than one quarter of the membership. Last year, our local council served nearly 6100 youth from Wood, Sandusky, Lucas, and Ottawa Counties and the town of Swanton.  Erie Shores Council is the proud owner/operator of two of the finest camps in the United States.  Camp Miakonda, at the DeVilbiss Scout Reservation, is 160 acres of outdoor adventure in the Toledo metropolitan area and is the sixth oldest camp in the United States. The Wildlife & Nature Center opened in 2017 for year-round education and training opportunities for schools and other youth groups. Camp Frontier, at the 1100-acre Pioneer Scout Reservation in Williams County, offers camping, cross country skiing, hiking, backpacking, fishing and more. It is the home…


Three scouts earn Eagle honors

Submitted by RACHELLE JOHNSTON for TROOP 422 Three members of Boy Scout Troop 422 which meets at Conneaut School will receive their Eagle Scout honors in a ceremony Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 150 S. Enterprise St.  Friends are welcome to attend.   John Johnston: John’s project was landscaping two areas by the Therapy pool at Wood Lane School. It including clearing and removing overgrown bushes and brush, and designing and planting native plants, grasses,  bushes and ground cover. John graduated from Bowling Green High School in May, where he played men’s varsity tennis.  He also played string bass for BGHS chestra and served as  Senior Patrol leader for the troop for a year.  Junior year he and fellow troop members hiked at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  John is currently a freshman honors student at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In addition to scouting, his interests include music, basketball and art.  He is the son of Rachelle and Dave Johnston of Bowling Green.       Evan Sekerak: Evan constructed a wooden raised bed prayer garden for St. Aloysius Catholic Church and School. In the spirit of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si’ (Care for our Common Home), all of the plants are native to Wood County and are attractive to pollinators of the area. Sekerak will graduate from Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School in May and will study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. He is the son of Ed and Heather Sekerak of Bowling Green. He performed in all four musicals in high school, while being Vice President of National Honor Society and competing on Stritch’s robotics & quiz bowl teams, as well as Lead Team for St. Aloysius’ Youth. He was also President of his City Council at Buckeye Boys last summer.  In 2015, he backpacked for two weeks at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.     Ethan Deck: Ethan is a sophomore at BGHS and coordinated a prayer garden at the First United Methodist Church of Bowling Green.  The project consisted of arranging for the demolishing an existing concrete slab and replacing it with a stepping stone path. Along with the path, Deck provided landscaping and concrete benches.  Deck hopes the garden will provide the community a place for reflection. He is the son of Randy and Jodi Deck of Bowling Green. He has been an active member of…