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Mergers and Changes:

  • Rip Van Winkle to merge by May 2025:

    Update: Rip Van Winkle Council will be issued a Transitional Charter that expires May 2025. They will have to decide on a merger before then, but it is too soon to speculate on which one(s):

    "Based on a recent conversation with the leadership of [Council Service Territory] #10, it is official, the Rip Van Winkle Council will be issued a TRANSITIONAL CHARTER for June 2024 to May 2025. This decision has been reviewed and approved by the National Key 3 of the Boy Scouts of America. This decision is final, there is no appeal for this decision.

    This decision means the Rip Van Winkle Council needs establish a plan to merge with another nearby council or councils.

    Anticipating this outcome, our Executive Board had started to organize a volunteer committee to consider and plan our transition. The Transition committee will be looking into various analytics for each of the councils being considered. Those analytics may include:

    The Transition committee has been tasked with selecting the best council for us to merge with in order to continue to meet the needs of our youth."

    David Gagnon, Council President, Elise Anderson, Council Commissioner, and Dana Kuhns, Scout Executive/CEO

    Reference: Letter from Rip Van Winkle Council, 5/29/2024

    • Update: Since then, the council has balanced their budget, paid off all of their debt, increased their youth membership and increased the number of units compared to the prior year.

      "For all we have gone through in the last four years, we have weathered the storm. We have been resilient. Call it pluck. Call it motivation or drive. It is that part of each of us the refuses to quit. It’s that part that is continuing to provide a quality Scouting program to the youth of Ulster and Greene Counties.

      At this point, I am not sure what the future of the Rip Van Winkle Council holds. What I do know is that we should not quit. Delivery of the Scouting program is too important for the youth of Ulster and Greene Counties."

      Dana E. Kuhns
      Scout Executive/CEO

      Reference: Council's March 2024 newsletter
      • "During a meeting last month with the National Service Territory #10 (the state of NY) leadership, we were informed the Council would be receiving a Conditional Charter for the upcoming year. The territory cited concerns about our Council’s sustainability. They cited specifically the declining membership of the Council for the last few years.

        Last month, at our monthly Executive Board meeting, the Council Key 3 signed a document that gave the Rip Van Winkle Council a Conditional Charter for the year 2023 to 2024. It also outlined the expectations the Council is to meet in order to maintain that Conditional Charter.

          The expectations of the Conditional charter are the following:
        • We, as a council, have a combined membership on December 31, 2023 of 500 youth members.
        • We have a dedicated employee focusing on growing membership and providing unit service.

        If we do not meet the expectations of the Conditional Charter, the Council will be forced to begin a plan to merge with another Council.

        References: Council's October 2023 newsletter

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