by Jim Lynch for the Alamo Area BSA: September 17, 2018
Dear Scouting Friends,
One of the goals of the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council is to be as efficient as possible with the time and resources entrusted to us by our communities and volunteers like you. To that end, the volunteer board of the Council recently approved a plan to realign the Council’s districts to more effectively carry out the Council’s mission to prepare every eligible youth in our 13-county service area to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.
A volunteer task force committee was formed to evaluate and recommend what would be the best Council District structure to help us achieve our vision. Three key external change factors reviewed were (1.) the LDS charter partner departure affecting 30% (163) of our units, (2.) community growth trends since the last district boundary realignment over 10 years ago, and (3.) the doubling of total available youth to serve the entire family.
Among many things, the Task Force considered National BSA guidelines and powerful demographics and mapping technology to make their recommendation from among the four proposed scenarios:
- Boundaries based on school districts
- Boundaries based on counties and major roads
- Boundaries based on modifying/combining existing districts
- No change to existing districts
The volunteer task force committee’s unanimous recommendation, which was approved by the Council’s volunteer board, was option 1. This school district boundary option realigns the council from 10 traditional districts to 6.The rationale behind this change focuses on enhanced programming and better utilization of our volunteer corps.
New District Leadership Committeeswill be forming to identify leadership for the newly realigned districts. This six district realignment plan goes into effect on January 2, 2019.
The volunteer Council board is offering an opportunity to meet face to face to hear how the implementation will occur and to respond to questions you may have regarding the new Districting transition. We encourage you to attend the Fireside Chat that best fits into your schedule and location:
- October 16th at Alamo Area Council Service Center, 2226 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78213
- November 13th at First United Methodist Church located on 572 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
- November 14th at Scoutreach Leadership Development Center, 8503 S Zarzamora St, San Antonio, TX 78224
Yours in Scouting,
Jim Lynch, Council Commissioner