Since the early days of the Scouting movement in the United States, Heart of Ohio Council, Boy Scouts of America has served the north central Ohio area by shaping the lives and characters of young people. Having had multiple names over the years, the Heart of Ohio Council has had hundreds of thousands of families turn to the Scouting program to help instill in their children a code of moral and ethical conduct, a commitment to community service, leadership skills, duty to country, and a reverence toward God.
The BSA program is administered through 282 local councils , with each council covering a geopolitical area that may vary from a single city to an entire state, of which 15 serve the State of Ohio. Councils receive an annual charter from the National Council and are usually incorporated as a charitable organization.
The council level organization is similar to that of the National Council. The council executive board is headed by the council president and is made up of annually elected local community leaders. The board establishes the council program and carries out the resolutions, policies, and activities of the council. Board members serve without pay and some are volunteer Scouters working at the unit level. Youth members may be selected to the council executive board according to the council by-laws.
The Scout executive manages council operations—including finance, property management, advancement and awards, registrations, and Scout Shop sales—with a staff of other professionals and support staff. Volunteer Commissioners lead the unit service functions of the council, help maintain the standards of the BSA, and assures a healthy unit program.
Geographically, the Heart of Ohio Council serves the youth of Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Marion, Morrow, Richland, and Wyandot Counties in North Central Ohio. Officially organized into its present form in 1994 with the merger of the Harding Area , the Johnny Appleseed Area and the Firelands Area Councils, the Heart of Ohio Council is one of the largest geographic councils within the state of Ohio.
The council is a wholly-owned corporation owned by the local community and governed by an executive board of directors who are all Scouting volunteers. The council offices are staffed full-time in the form of BSA commissioned professionals who provide service to the council and districts and a support staff who give support to the professional staff while also maintaining the administrative and business functions needed for a council to operate.