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Executive Board Approves Re-Districting Plan

The Administration Focus Group presented the re-districting plan at each district’s roundtable and committee meeting over the past two months. In addition, the committee presented at the Dzie Hauk Tonga Lodge meeting held at the Fall Fellowship. There was great dialogue from unit and district volunteers and some changes were made to the initially proposed plan based on that feedback.  After making the adjustments, the committee voted to recommend approval of the plan to the Jayhawk Area Council Executive Board.  The Executive board voted to approve the committee’s recommendation.  

The Plan

Effective July 1, 2018, the Jayhawk Area Council will realign district boundaries from the three geographical districts and an outreach service area to five geographical districts.  Each district will have a dedicated district executive and be made up of all Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Crews and Explorer Posts within that geographical area.  A “sixth service area” will be made up of the various after-school and at-risk programs and be supported by the recently hired Council Program Director through program aides. Please refer to the map for details. 

This will create five similarly sized districts in terms of units, membership, potential growth and Friends of Scouting and create a greater focus on areas of potential growth.  In conjunction with the additional of a Program Director, the District Executives will have the opportunity for increased services to the units within that district as well as the ability to focus on unit and membership growth.

The Timeline

  • January – June, 2018:  The new district committees will be organized and the June 2019 – May 2019 program calendars will be developed.
  • July 1, 2018:  New Districts will be officially formed and operational.  Districts will be referred to by district number rather than name in the interim.
  • By December 31, 2018:  New District Names Approved by the Executive Board

The Shawnee District committee will have until December 31, 2018 to formalize the committees for districts #1 and #3 due to the large number of current committee members and commissioners.  The Order of the Arrow Lodge will also work under a slightly altered timeline in the formation of the new chapters that will more closely follow their program calendar and election of new officers.  At the same time the Lodge is reviewing their bylaws for any necessary changes.

How Does This Plan Affect My Unit?

This decision was based on how the Jayhawk Area Council can better serve its units – both current and potential new units.  By creating smaller service areas by territory or by number of units, more attention can be given to communities without Scouting programs while still addressing the needs of the current units as they occur.  You should see greater access of your district executive and the district executive will be able to spend more time in the various communities they serve getting to know them better. For the most part, the only things that might change are where you attend roundtable and who is your district executive.

The committee would like to thank all the unit and district volunteers that attending the sessions and offered input. The presentation as well as the actual structure of the districts evolved through the process to address concerns that were brought up.  See this list of Frequently Asked Questions for responses to some of the items brought up during the presentations.  You can contact your District Executive if you have any additional questions.

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