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:
As of May 10, 2017, the merger of the Old Colony Council and Knox Trail Council is in effective. The name of the new, merged Council will be chosen after an opportunity for scouts and scouters to enter suggestions in a “Name my Council” contest. Watch this space for details. What is new is our Council number –… Read more
Now that both councils have voted to merge, much will be happening to begin implementation of the new Scout Council. Volunteer committees and council staffs will be gathering to: Nominate a joint slate of new council board members and officers to be approved at a board meeting in late April and take office May 1. Immediately start the… Read more
New Boy Scout Council Will Provide More Programs to 11,000 Local Scouts in 62 Massachusetts Communities Following their respective Special Council Meetings, the Knox Trail Council and the Old Colony Council announced today the approval of their consolidation and merger to form a new Boy Scout Council. This new council will serve youth and young adults from the… Read more
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