The summer camping season is about to begin and we have been gearing up for another year of outstanding program offerings. We have also been evaluating ways in which we can better serve our membership’s needs and redistribute our resources to enhance our service and development potential. Part of this effort has been an analysis of the structure of the three districts within the council.
The last time the council’s districts were realigned was in 1996, as part of the consolidation of the Norumbega and Algonquin Councils. Shifts in the demographics since this time, have required us to review our current status to ensure that we are in the best possible position to serve our existing and potential customer base.
The analysis is complete and is based on the data collected in the following areas:
- Information found in the 2013 Council Market Analysis Report
- Traditional Youth Participation which included Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers
- Traditional Units which included packs, troops, crews
- Non-Traditional Youth which included explorers, participants
- Non-Traditional Units which included posts, LFL groups
- District Committee Members/Commissioner Staff
After compiling the data we found the current district boundary structure as it relates to the distribution of traditional and non-traditional youth members, traditional units and non-traditional units, total available youth per executive and geographical area is not favorable to efficiently serve the current volunteer base.
After a thorough review of options that have been vetted through the council executive committee, current district chairman and incoming district chairman, we would like to present the new district boundaries (found above).
Will this change the history/tenure of the unit?
No. The transition will not affect the unit history. This will be done electronically through our current Scoutnet system.
Will this affect the adult training records?
No. All records relating to the registered member will follow them through the transition.
Will this affect my current registrations?
No. All registrations will remain in the system as they currently stand
Will this affect what camporee our Troop and/or Pack can attend?
No. Just like any Scouting event it is opened to all registered troops/packs regardless of where the unit is located.
Will this affect where Eagle Boards of Review are held?
The location of the Eagle Boards will be determined by the District Advancement committee and shared with the units in that specific geographical area.
Will we need to change our unit number?
No. Your existing number will remain the same
When do the new District boundaries take effect?
The changes in boundaries will begin July 1st, 2014.
How will the changes in District boundaries affect unit operations?
The changes in boundaries will enhance the delivery of services to the unit provided by the council. Each unit will continue to develop and deliver its own program through support of council and district programs such as leadership development, roundtables, camporees, day camps and other events.
How will changes in District boundaries affect my unit’s Annual Charter Renewal process?
With the newly aligned Commissioner Staff and the use of the online charter renewal system, unit re-chartering should be more easily accomplished and promote better youth transition from one program to another.
Will unit leaders have to drive further to attend leader training?
The goal of the Council and District training teams is to “train leaders, not just run training courses.” The Council Training Committee will work to identify specific needs and promote the training opportunities to those leaders and units in the district. Also, many of the basic leader training courses are now online for any leader.
How will this plan impact Council staffing of districts?
The professional staff of the Council will be better equipped to support the charter organizations and adult volunteers in their service areas. You should see enhanced communications and support from all levels of the council office.
How will the changes in District boundaries benefit unit leadership?
Unit leaders will benefit from increased volunteer-professional relationships, stronger relationships with their chartered partner, enhanced leadership activities with other leaders, and timely communications and response to inquiries.
Why are there no names for the new districts shown on the attachment?
With these new boundaries, we will be selecting new names for the 3 districts in the council.
Why don’t we just keep the same district names that we’ve had?
With the new boundaries there will be a new make-up of units and leaders in each district. We want everyone to feel a sense of belonging to these new districts and having new names will give each district a chance to establish itself and its membership with its own identity now and for the future.