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Scoutheast Wisconsin Council and Milwaukee County Council Consolidate into Three Harbors Council

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Scoutheast Wisconsin Council and Milwaukee County Council Consolidate into Three Harbors Council

Posted on 08 September 2011 by Press Release

More than 24,000 youth in Scouting programs in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine counties have now banded together in a new Boy Scout council as the result of a consolidation vote on Wednesday. Representatives of the Milwaukee County Council and the Southeast Wisconsin Council, that serve Kenosha and Racine counties, voted to consolidate into one council that will be called the Three Harbors Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“This is an exciting time for Scouting in southeastern Wisconsin,” said Ed Brandon, who will serve as the new council’s Scout Executive and CEO. “We just celebrated 100 years of Boy Scouts in America; this is a great follow-up to that celebration. This positions us for better, stronger Scouting for the next 100 years.”

The consolidation process began early this year and developed from discussions among five councils that serve Scouting from northeastern Wisconsin to south-central Wisconsin. In those earlier informal discussions, the Milwaukee County and Southeast Wisconsin councils decided to move forward with consolidation talks. “This has been a discussion among equal parties coming together for the benefit of the Scouting program,” said Wayne Briesemeister, chairman of the Southeast Wisconsin Council’s consolidation committee. “We’re looking forward to the expanded opportunities the Three Harbors Council will be able to offer.”

Discussions Reveal Consolidation Benefits
Through their discussions, the executive boards of each council determined that a consolidation would provide enhanced program opportunities for youth in all three counties, offer expanded resources and training for adult leaders, and make fiscal sense. Existing Scouting programs, including activities such as National Youth Leadership Training, Klondike Derbies, Camporees, Roundtables and other trainings and events will remain in place. The eight existing districts that serve Scouting in each local community will also remain.

“The consolidation could present opportunities to enhance and specialize the four camps the Three Harbors Council will own, including Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta near Burlington, Indian Mound Scout Reservation in Oconomowoc, Robert S. Lyle Scout Reservation near Elcho in Langlade County, and Lefeber Northwoods Camps near Laona in Forest County,” said Keith Burns, chairman of the Milwaukee County Council’s consolidation committee.

Two Scout Service Centers Will Be Maintained
The Three Harbors Council will maintain two Scout Service centers which will also have shops for Scout supplies – the existing ones in Milwaukee and Racine will continue to be in operation after the consolidation. “It is anticipated that the new council will sell the Racine property and lease space that would offer convenient access for Scouts and Scouters in Kenosha and Racine counties, as well as an increased selection of items in that Scout Shop,” said Tom Mahoney, Southeast Wisconsin Council President.

Each of the former councils’ Order of the Arrow lodges will remain in place for up to 18 months, during which they will plan for lodge consolidation. The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on Scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting. Mascouten Lodge currently serves members of the Order of the Arrow in the Southeast Wisconsin Council while the Mikano Lodge serves Milwaukee County.

“While we anticipate some savings from consolidation, finances are not the reason we entered consolidation talks,” said Michael Steinmetz, who has served as President of the Milwaukee County Council. “We always strive to be the best stewards of the donations and funding we receive; we believe we can be even better stewards with better outcomes through consolidation.”

Southeast’s Bigsby to “Re-Retire”
The only change in personnel anticipated is the retirement of Brock Bigsby, who came out of retirement to serve as interim executive of the Southeast Wisconsin Council. After 40 years of service to Scouting, Bigsby will continue to enjoy his retirement with his family. “Other current staff might be repositioned where job function duplications occur, freeing up more staff to work directly on Scouting programs rather than on administration,” Brandon said.

Each of the former councils brings particular strengths to the Three Harbors Council, including Southeast Wisconsin’s success at transitioning more Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, and Milwaukee County’s large number of urban students served by Scouting’s character-building Learning for Life and Multicultural Scouting programs.

The Three Harbors Council, which officially comes into existence Oct. 1, will be guided by an executive board that has equal representation from the former Milwaukee County and Southeast Wisconsin Council boards. For the coming year, the Three Harbors Council President will be from the former Southeast Wisconsin Council while the Council Commissioner will be from the Milwaukee County Council.

Based on recent membership numbers, the Three Harbors Council will serve more than 9,800 Cub Scouts (serving young boys between the ages of 6 and 10), about 3,200 Boy Scouts (serving boys between the ages of 12 and 18), nearly 1,000 male and female teens in Venturing (Scouting’s teen adventure program), and more than 10,500 youth in Learning for Life (serving students in PreK-12 grades).

Name Representative of all Three Counties:
The Three Harbors Council name was selected from a list developed by a naming committee that consisted of youth and adult leaders from throughout the three counties. The harbors of Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee Counties are instantly recognizable and a valuable geographic asset to the entire area. The harbor also suggests safety and a beacon of guiding light.

The Three Harbors Council has unveiled a logo and a shoulder patch design contest will be held. Units will be allowed a longer time to replace unit flags and other items that bear the council name and logo.

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Milwaukee County Council Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting at Leadership Breakfast

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Milwaukee County Council Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting at Leadership Breakfast

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Dan

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE – 100 years old and ready for another century of service. It’s exactly what the Boy Scouts of America and the Milwaukee County Council of the Boy Scouts celebrated Friday. More from the FOX6 News team and Bob Moore.

I was actually in the audience at this one! It was a great breakfast and the Greater Milwaukee Community showed that they support Scouting!

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Hoosier Trails Council Scout Executive Announces Retirement

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Hoosier Trails Council Scout Executive Announces Retirement

Posted on 24 January 2010 by admin

Boy Scouts of America Hoosier Trails Council announces that CEO and Scout Executive Randy Brown will retire from the Council, effective January 31, 2010.

The Hoosier Trails Council will hold a retirement party for Brown on January 30, from 2 – 5pm, at Seasons Lodge in Nashville, Ind. There will be light snacks, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Presentations and a special program will commence at 4pm.

In his career, Brown developed strategic and maintenance improvement plans for all facilities, a 25% membership increase, and a 50% operating budget increase. Additionally, direct improvements to unit service include Unit Accident & Medical Insurance, a coordinated council-wide planning calendar, Campmasters program and a full-service Trading Post at the Service Center, Council newsletter and Fireside chats.

Brown retires after 22 years at the Council. He leaves the Council in good hands with new Scout Executive Glen Steenberger, who comes to the Council from the Milwaukee County Council in Milwaukee, Wis. Steenberger has a record of notable achievements including growth in membership and finance, marketing awards, strategic planning, quality programming and active community participation.


About the Hoosier Trails Council
Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, teaches character, citizenship and personal values through its more than 3,000 volunteers to over 11,000 youth each year. The Hoosier Trails council represents 18 counties, with headquarters located in Bloomington. For more information, please visit www.hoosiertrailsbsa.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving more than 4.6 million youth between the ages of 7 and 20, with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the BSA is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The BSA is comprised of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enables the BSA to remain the nation’s leading youth-service organization. For more information on the BSA, please visit www.scouting.org.

Source: Hoosier Trails Council Press Release

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St John’s Northwestern Military Academy

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Five Star University of Scouting – Jan 26, 2008

Posted on 21 December 2007 by admin

THE FIVE STAR UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING is a cooperative training venture of four councils serving Wisconsin and parts of Illinois: Glacier’s Edge, Milwaukee County, Potawatomi Area and Southeast Wisconsin.

THE FIVE STAR UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING was originally developed to provide continuing education for commissioners working at the unit, roundtable, district and council levels, then was expanded to meet the needs of district and council level volunteer Scouters and now invites all Scouters to attend.

Courses are designed for all experience levels, from the first year commissioner or district committee member to the tenured volunteer, with plenty of time to share ideas and experiences, develop new friendships and catch up with old friends.

The event is going to be held at the beautiful St John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, on Jan 26, 2008.

You can find out more about the program and courses offered by downloading the 2008 Five Star University Flier.

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5 Star University of Scouting in Wisconsin on Jan 27, 2007

Posted on 28 September 2006 by admin

5 Star University of Scouting
Glacier’s Edge, Milwaukee County, Potawatomi Area, Southeast Wisconsin

Save the Date – January 27, 2007

2007 Host Council: Glacier’s Edge
Other Sponsoring Councils:
Milwaukee County, Potawatomi Area, Southeast Wisconsin

New Courses Added for 2007 Program
This outstanding training event is organized and staffed through the combined efforts of the sponsoring councils. The multi-council format provides a wide range of experiences and draws on the special expertise of experienced Scouters in Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing.

New courses on commissioning the ideal year of Scouting, effective displays, public speaking and ethnic and religious diversity and others, make the 2007 Five Star University of Scouting an event not to be missed.

All Scouters that desire Supplemental/Advanced training for district and council level work are encouraged to attend. Courses geared to both Commissioners and district/council operations will provide the most up to date training and information in an active and sociable atmosphere. Participants will again be given the opportunity to earn various degrees.

St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, will once again be the site for the University on Saturday, January 27, 2007. Watch for a catalog with registration materials in the fall. The cost of this event is $25.00 if paid before January 12th, 2007 and $30.00 after January 12th 2007. This includes lunch and all registration materials. If you have never attended the Five Star University of Scouting or if you’re an old pro come to see what it’s all about and join in the fellowship and share the experience of this premiere training event.

Download Promotion Flyer

Pre-register for 5 Star on-line

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