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
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