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:
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
2.2.17 Council Consolidation Question of the Week: With the prospects for a much larger consolidated council, what types of new programs or activities might be offered to Scouting units that neither Old Colony nor Knox Trail now offer?
With a council with well over 300 Scouting units spread over 62 towns from Plymouth to Stow, the consolidated council would likely begin to offer enhanced high adventure programs which individually, the current councils cannot. These activities might include local, in-council mountain biking programs, treks to the Wisconsin Northern Canoe Base, the Florida Sea Base or the newer… Read more
With all the discussion, exploration, planning, and consideration of the possible consolidation, the question arises: “How is this decision made?” There are two organizations involved in the current consolidation discussion, Old Colony Council and Knox Trail Council. Both councils have to approve a consolidation in order for the consolidation to move forward. Scouting is a volunteer driven organization… Read more
Why merge now? Any proposed consolidation of “peer” Councils should be evaluated by whether the resulting entity will better perform the functions of a Council to the youth within the resulting area. Since the beginning of Scouting in the United States, the BSA has provided the scouting program to units through local, nonprofit Councils having three basic functions – establishing… Read more
1.12.17 Council Consolidation Question Of The Week: With the pending consolidation, what will happen to Day Camp & Resolute?
As we enter the new year, we will be giving you an update on any consolidation news/discussions on a weekly basis, along with a member’s question which we have received on one of our websites. Remember that you can always send in additional questions at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We had our third joint meeting between the two councils on January 5th… Read more
Knox Trail Consolidation Presentations (Chats) All Scouters, Chartered Partners, families, and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend one of these sessions. Information will be presented and there will be time available for a Q&A session. Please click the event for more information, location, etc. District and Commissioner Presentations These presentations will be geared more towards district level… Read more
FAQ’s The Basics What is the timeline for the proposed consolidation? In the first quarter of 2017, the consolidation committee expects to communicate with the Chartered Partner Representatives (CORs) and Council Members-at-Large of the Knox Trail Council and the Old Colony Council about moving forward with the consolidation. Any vote on this recommendation would take place only after… Read more