Kelly Parker (kelly_parker@MESAQM.SPS.MOT.COM)
Wed, 30 Apr 1997 10:31:13 +0000
I just got some very disturbing news from a fellow Scouter that the
rumors are very hot that our district will be combined into a
neighboring one as of this summer. I wanted to ask the list, and
especially any pros or former pros about the sense of this.
To give some background. We are part of one of the ten largest
Councils in the US. Back in the early 90's, we had about 12-14
districts. These were sized at form 60-100 units each. Then several
were combined down to make 10. Two years ago, we merged with another
Council. We absorbed their districts, and were at 17. Now we are
merging districts again.
Our district has 120 units, and we do fair at our FOS goals. Over the
last few years, it has been run by a good cross-section of old and new
Scouters. We have many stalwarts who can always be called on to help at
every event. We are in a down-spot right now, and it has been hard to
get people to take the official positions--but we manage.
My question is this: What is the economic advantage to Council to
combine districts? As a result of the mergers over the years, many
business campaigns which covered specific cities and towns have
disappeared. There are less employees at Council, and many of the pros
cover more than one district or job. Combining doesn't reduce the number
of units--only the number of volunteers in charge. We are part of the
fastest growing area in the country, and we have one district (and there
will be another after the merger) that is larger than 50% of the
COUNCILS in the U.S.!
Does this make sense? I don't question that our Scout Exec has the
right to do this, I just want to understand why.
CM, Pack 43
still Thunderbird District
Grand Canyon Council--Phx
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City