Re: Rumor Control
Tue, 7 Apr 1992 18:56:30 -0400
Quoting Mike Walton about mergers/consolidations:
> As a result, several Councils WILL merge by the time of the National Council
> Meeting this spring.
This is nothing new. Councils have been merging for several years.
> There will also be a proposal that the BSA slim down
> its regional and area support staff (there are six BSA regions currently;
I certainly hope so. Fewer Councils mean fewer (but larger) councils.
In some respects, fewer councils will mean less paperwork.
> ...because when you eliminate or consolidate, you also cut
> professional slots too....at the District level and at the managerial level
> (field director, program director, director of support services). Councils
> just don't have that money that was pouring in as before to keep tenured
> people on board until the economy gets better!
The way I read that, it sounds as though you see a reduction in
professional and support slots as a side effect of mergers. I think
that such reductions are the primary goal of mergers and consolidations.
Councils, areas, and regions are the "overhead" of the BSA program.
They are important, but they are rarely involved in directly providing
programs to Scouts (relative to troops and districts).
I recentyly saw a draft of a proposal called "Benchmark 2000". As the
name implies, it is a set of goals to be reached by all councils and
districts before the end of the decade. As I recall, some of the points
Councils will have at least x number of Scouts (5000??) actively registered.
Council borders will be drawn to include at least 35,000 potential members.
Districts will have 50 units, at least 15 active Commissioners, and at
least 25 other District Committee members.
Summer camps will operate at leat 5 weeks of Boy Scout summer Camp.
Councils must have endowments which generate 8% of annual budget requirements.
[several other benchmarks forgotten]
Councils and districts will be merged where needed to achieve these goals.
As I said, these are my recolections of a draft I saw 2 months ago.
They have not been approved (so far as I know).
I think its safe to say that we will see MANY more councils merge in the
next 3 years.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City