Two Councils Merge

Posted on 15 March 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff


Two councils in Michigan and Wisconsin have voted to merge together. The Hiawathaland Council in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Bay-Lakes Council in Wisconsin. There will not be a new council created, instead they will keep the Bay-Lakes Council moniker. In November of 2011, nine councils in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan merged into a single Greater Michigan Council. Merging councils increase the resources available to youth, but may have an unforeseen consequences.

What do you think? Have you been through a council merger or split? Comment below.

Update 3/16/2012: Thanks Dan for the comment below. Visit the BSA Area Project to find more information on how Michigan is innovating a new model on the idea of a Council.

Sources: postcrescent.com  Bay-Lakes Council News

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  1. Dan Says:

    The Michigan project is more than just a merger. If you have the time and want to learn more check out the website for the Area 2 Project – http://www.bsaareaproject.org/ A lot of thought went into the model and the meeting minutes are all there available to be read.

    As for general mergers its a double edged sword. I think some smaller Councils need to merge in order to expand resources. At the same time I think the same mindset stays with the new merged council and progress does not occur. That is on top of the stubborn leaders who cause difficulties because they lost a bit of power. My Council has a big “North” vs. “South” thing that has been a battle since the merger in 2006. Things are better now, but there are still some hold-outs.

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