Archive for the ‘WEBELOS Transition to Boy Scouts’ Category

The Columbus Zoo has always been a “scout friendly” place for youth of all ages and BSA ranks.

The zoo offers a variety of programs tailored to help scouts work toward advancement requirements in a combination of indoor and outdoor settings. Programs are already in place to help:

Cub Scouts
* Tigers: Achievement #5 “Let’s Go Outdoors (5D and 5G) and electives 30, 31, 34, and 42 ($12.00)
* Wolves: Achievement #7 and select either the Outdoor Adventures or the Birds Arrow Points and work towards your “World Conservation Award!” ($12.00)
* Bears: Achievement #5 requirements A, C, D, and E. ($12.00)

* Naturalist requirement #1 and at least five of the following requirements: #4, #6, #7, #8, #9, and #11. ($18.00

Boy Scouts:
* Oceanography Merit Badge: The workshop will cover eight of ten requirements. Requirement eight can be done as a post requirement once the program is completed. The tenth requirement is a short take-home quiz to be completed by the scout after the program. Upon completion of these last two requirements, the scouts will be eligible for their Oceanography Merit Badge. ($36.00)
* Mammal Study Merit Badge: Covers requirements #1, #2, #3C, and #4C. Requirement #5 is a take-home requirement to be completed.The workshop will cover four of five requirements. Upon completion of the last requirement, the scouts will be eligible for their Mammal Study Merit Badge. ($18.00)

A link to the overall program:


The Metro Park System will be offering daytime opportunites for WEB I and WEB II Scouts to earn their Naturalist and Forester pins during the months of April and May. Naturalist will be offered at the Slate Run Metro Park ( on April 27th. The Forester will be offered at Blendon Woods Metro Park ( on May 10th. Both events are free but have limited space, requiring advance registration.

Link to the April 27th Naturalist Pin info:

Link to the May 10th Forester Pin info:

Beginning in February 2014, a new Boy Scout Troop will debut in the Hilliard area. Boy Scout Troop 672 will be chartered through and meet at The Resurrection Lutheran Church located on Main Street (Hilliard Rome Road).

The troop will be accepting new WEBELOS crossovers in addition to the core of more experienced Boy Scouts already recruited by the Scoutmaster, Ray Pearall. This is an excellent opportunity for scouts and their parents to join a smaller troop. In addition to new scouts, Mr. Pearsall would welcome adults to serve as Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Members and non-registered support positions.

Questions? Please contact Mr. Pearsall directly at

One comment I often hear from local units is their frustration over a lack of BSA-sponsored events within a reasonable commuting distance of Hilliard. What is your opinion on this matter?

The Darby Creek District of the Simon Kenton Council will be hosting their WEBELOS Weekend in the Woods at Camp Otter Run starting on November 1, 2013. This is a great event that will place special emphasis on the Athlete and Sportsman WEBELOS Pins.

Camp Otter Run is located at 7647 County Road 144 in East Liberty, Ohio 43319 (about thirty minutes from Hilliard). The cost for this event will be $10 per WEBELOS and $6 for each adult/leader. Advance registration is required.

A registration form and contact information may be found using this link:

The first Hilliard Area WEBELOS Woods Campout will be conducted September 20th through 22nd at Camp Otter Run near Zansfield, Ohio.  This event is open to WEB 1 and WEB 2 Scouts from all Hilliard packs.  Scouts will be eligible to complete multiple Activity Pins while also qualifying to complete the Arrow of Light requirement for a joint troop-den camping event.  Advance registration, as dens, and payment must be received no later than September 16th by the program coordinator, Angela Bontz.  Please contact Angela directly at to register or for more information.

This year’s Hilliard Area Meet the Troops Night will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, at 3500 Main Street.  Boy Scout Troops from all across Hilliard will be present with camping displays, troop literature and information on how to join their units.  This event is open to all WEBELOS 1 and 2 Scouts, their families and den leaders in a round-robin style event where you can visit a few or as many troops as you wish.  Doors will open to the public at 7:00 PM