According to The Telegraph, Trails West Council is discussing the possibility of a merger with Okaw Valley Council.
A committee of the Wood River-based Trails West Council of the Boy Scouts of America will meet Wednesday in Edwardsville to discuss the possible merger with the Belleville-based Okaw Valley Council.
Bill Barlow, president of the Trails West executive board, said nothing has been decided just yet. Okaw Valley representatives approached Trails West about the possible merger, he said.
Boy Scouts Area Director Frank Wallace said that within the last two months, the Okaw Valley Scout executive job became vacant, driving renewed talk of consolidation.
Mr. Jim Gilbert, former Okaw Valley Scout Executive, was promoted to the National Office’s strategic planning office, as of October 1st, 2008.
It is fairly standard protocol that when a Scout Executive position is vacant the possibility of a merger with a neighboring council is explored. However, according to the article, Area Director Frank Wallace stated that “There’s no agenda from the national council or regional council.”
The article goes on to explain that the consolidation committee which has been exploring the benefits and possible consequences of a merger and will present its findings to the Trails West Executive Board on Wednesday. If the board votes to proceed, a vote of the Council membership will follow.
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Boy Scout councils may merge