About the Consolidation
For a period of months, the executive boards of the Knox Trail Council and Old Colony Council have been independently discussing the advantages and challenges of potentially pooling resources with a neighboring council. After open and honest discussion with several of our neighboring councils about our mutual needs, objectives, and goals for the families we serve, both Executive Boards of the Knox Trail Council and the Old Colony Council have decided to move into more serious discussions.
The purpose of this consolidation would be to create a new council that would enable Scouting to thrive in the 64 communities currently served by our two councils, growing our membership over the next several years, while offering outstanding camping, advancement and leadership development programs. A consolidation would result in more operating efficiency, thereby freeing up personnel and financial resources that can be reallocated to serve our unit leaders, youth and their families.
Both councils have contributed volunteers to a consolidation committee charged with exploring the goals and logistics in a more detailed way. This stage is expected to take some time and will include presentations in each district of both councils in order to get your input and answer your questions. We also encourage you to submit your own questions and insights about the opportunities a consolidation might present.
The councils will be scheduling a series of presentations in each district early in 2017. The purpose of these chats will be to listen to members’ questions, share ideas for improving combined program operations, give open and honest feedback, and provide a transparent accounting of the consolidation process to the Scouting community.
As this process progresses, all updates will be made available on this page. In the meantime, please address any questions to one or both of the following email addresses:
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30PM, at the Knox Trail Council Office. This coming Tuesday Knox Trail Council is having our annual business meeting and we are also voting on forming a new scout council. Yes “our meeting” and “we are voting.” Knox trail is a “we,” a volunteer led and driven organization with hundreds and hundreds of men and… Read more
3.9.17 Council Consolidation Question Of The Week: How Will A Combination Of Our Councils Affect Our Scheduled Activities?
Units have expressed interest in whether the proposed consolidation of the Knox Trail Council with the Old Colony Council would affect the activities which are presently “on the books” over the next year or two. This includes Jamboree contingents, Philmont trips and scheduled Council and District events, such as camporees or Cub Scout activities. When considering the potential… Read more
A healthy consolidation is about sustaining and growing an enriching program for the youth we serve. And so, your most important role in the coming year is to continue your good work and serve the youth in your units. But there will be change. Some of that change will be new opportunities for you and your units and some… Read more
We have now completed at least one meeting in each of the six districts of Old Colony and Knox Trail Councils. Thank you to all who participated and brought your questions, concerns and feedback to us, we have been excited by your enthusiasm! There were many common questions across the meetings, from camps to fees to how programming… Read more
2.23.17 Council Consolidation Question of the Week: How Do These Two Councils Compare in Terms of Things Like Membership?
Thanks for your question! Click here to see a chart that compares the two councils in many areas. Let us know if you have any questions on it. Read more
Question: If the two councils consolidate, what happens to the activity fees that my unit will pay? Good news! Both councils have fees that cover general liability and health/accident insurances. In addition, the fees would continue to allow your unit to offer tent camping to all of our Scouts and leaders free of charge, with the consolidation broadening… Read more
2.9.17 Council Consolidation Question of the Week: Two Perspectives On Overnight Programs And Availibility
Here is a recent program-related Q&A followed by an article on program by Council Commissioner, Mark Niedzielski Question: Hello. I received the mailing about the consolidation possibility. One question I have is, how will this affect council-wide overnights? I am thinking particularly about things like the Museum of Science or Paw Sox overnights that are council-wide. It would… Read more