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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:  Bay-Lakes Council News

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Scout App Helleniechsin Now on Android

Posted on 23 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

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Scouts and Order of the Arrow members who want to speak the language of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) language but don’t have an iPhone can now enjoy Helleniechsin on an Android based device. Dan with has spent countless hours creating and updating a easily searchable database of over 4,000 Lenape words and their English definitions.

Dan originally created the app for iPhones and iPads. “I did the Android version

Helleniechsin Main Page as there are a lot of Scouters in my area with them, and some of those scouters had been bugging me for almost a year about when was I going to release my programs for the Android,” says Dan. Good things sometimes are worth the wait. Helleniechsin is no exception. The database is easily searchable in both Lenape and English. Looking for that perfect Vigil name? Wondering why your friend won’t give the definitions of his? This app will give you the answers.

Dan started creating Scouting based iOS apps for his council. He has two apps to aid staff and campers through summer camp programs and around the camp. also produces the highly popular Campfire Songs. Campfire Songs has over 150 popular popular song lyrics. The next version of this will play the tunes as well.


Dan is always thinking of new apps to help Scouts. We’re looking forward to more things to come from!

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West Virginia National Guard Creates Task Force for The Summit

Posted on 18 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

One big thing the BSA lost when moving away from Fort A.P. Hill as their jamboree site is the support from the Army. This week the West Virginia National Guard stepped up to fill these shoes. They announced a multi-agency task for to support the Boy Scouts of America during the 2013 National Jamboree.

The task force will be headed by West Virginia’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, member departments are the National Guard, Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services and other government agencies.

During the gathering of over 50,000 participants and 200,000 visitors, the BSA relies on services and support from various government organizations. The task force centralizes and organizes the various roles supporting the event.

Source: The Register-Herald

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