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2012: nine Michigan councils consolidated into the Michigan Crossroad Council. The move was sold as a cost saver that will improve scouting by streamlining operations. The land sales quickly followed the consolidation and some local Scouts say it appeared to be a land grab. In the last five years alone, the Michigan Crossroads Council of Boy Scouts, which oversees scouting in Lower Michigan, has netted more than $5 million by selling five camps covering more than 2,000 acres. That figure could more than double if planned sales go through. Camp Tapico near Kalkaska, Camp Holaka in Lapeer County, Camp Agawam in Orion Township, Camp Muscootah in Hillsdale and the Northwoods Scout Reservation near West Branch have been sold since 2014. The Silver Trails Scout Reservation near Port Huron is in the process of being sold. Two other large camps, Paul Bunyan in Rose City and the Lost Lake in Farwell, are up for sale. 8 camps since 2014? Weak finances are driving the sales. A Free Press review of the council's most recent financial audits shows the state organization sustained operational losses of $5.5 million for 2013-17. That means that on average, council expenses exceeded revenues by about $92,000 a month for five years. More details at source, including current sale of Silver Trails directly, no realtor, to a local gravel company. The proposed sale has angered local residents and other fans of the property. Almost 5,000 people have signed an online petition to save the property as natural area. Also there are details of Council's financial troubles and membership drop, 68,000 in 2014 to about 61,000 last year. Source: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/08/04/boy-scouts-michigan-campgrounds/1868668001/ Related earlier topics:
Howdy from Washington State! I have questions regarding the support from the Council and/or District. In my example, they will be one in the same/interchangeable. Our Troop does a yearly planning camp with the SPL/ASPL/Scribe/Troop Guide and the PLs. They review the previous year, discussing the goals they had set, did they meet them etc. They then determine where the Troop is headed, what they need to get there and set 3 more goals for the year. Its a long weekend, but when they are done, they have a full year planned out that is beneficial to the Troop in general. Our Council and District do not provide them with a yearly calendar for planning. Rarely are events scheduled more than a month in advance. They told our SPL to make a guess on the dates. I was a little miffed to say the least. Do you guys get support from the council/district for planning? Are they as loosy goosy everywhere? In my mind, they should be planning at least a year out, just like we are supposed to do.
"New for 2016, the Cradle of Liberty Council will be offering the opportunity for units to apply for membership grants to support unit recruitment and retention efforts." Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships are eligible to apply through their unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, coach, advisor, or skipper) and unit committee chair. Grants are to assist with expenses related to membership that might not otherwise qualify for financial assistance. Projects must have measurable outcomes. Units that have their grant applications approved by the council membership committee will be awarded a maximum of $500 per year. More conditions here. https://www.colbsa.org/rocket-into-scouting/membership/membership-grants.html Are other councils offering this financial help?