Two Councils Merge

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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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 – 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.

By Dan on March 15th, 2012 at 11:47 am


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