tion, the stressed economy andreductions in some fundingsources are a contributing factor
in mitigating WMC‘s ability to
withstand more years of largesubsidies and losses at camp.Therefore, we must collaboratewith other visionary, pro-active,like-minded councils to providethis service to our Boy Scouttroops.
Does this fit into the Na-tional BSA Strategic Plan?
The new National strategic planincludes the following objectivesregarding sharing of services with
other councils: ―Provide special-
ized shared-service models foruse across council boundaries(e.g., special events, camping,activities, and production within
a defined area)‖ and ―The Na-
tional Council has piloted anddelivered a useful model for ex-ploiting economies of scale and/or the use of shared services toreduce individual council ex-
penses.‖ In addition, our own
WMC strategic plan calls for
action to ―Consider financial
implications, council subsidylevel, and stewardship of re-sources regarding camping prop-erties on a regular basis as rec-ommended by our National con-sultant, Mike Watkins. Researchpossible scenarios as and when
appropriate.‖ There has also
been serious talk at all levels fornearly twenty years about usingthis shared-services model. Re-gardless, the over-reaching goalis to provide the best possiblesummer camp program for asmany youth as possible.
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FREQUENTLY ASKEDQUESTIONS: What are the changes?
Weare partnering with other Scout-ing councils to ensure that ourBoy Scouts receive a quality,week-long summer residentcamping experience. Boy ScoutResident Camp will not be heldat Chesterfield or Moses in 2011.Our other summer programs(Cub Scout Day Camp, CubScout Resident Camp, WebelosWeekend, NYLT, Eagle Week,and Venturing Week) will, how-ever, be held locally.
Why is WMC making thischange?
This is a step thatstrengthens the council overall,and helps lead us into the future.It is in the best interest of our
council‘s youth to take this step
now in order to be better pre-pared and positioned for Scout-
ing‘s next 100 years.
What trends led to thischange?
In the broad context,many Boy Scout troops havesought variety in their summercamping experiences. More thanone third of our Boy Scouttroops currently camp out of council or off site. In addition,there is an over abundance of Boy Scout summer camp pro-grams within easy driving dis-tance to WMC. Many of thesecamps offer excellent Boy Scoutresident camp programs like wehave in the past here in WMC.The future trend will be for amuch smaller number of high-quality, well attended, and wellfunded regional Boy Scout sum-mer camping programs.
Why us and why now?
Wewant to be pro-active. The coun-cil consolidation two years agowas a big step. This is anotherkey step in continuing tostrengthen the council. Becominga quality operation and a
―Financially Sustainable Council‖
is a key priority. Despite a strongcamp promotion effort and avery worthy program, our BoyScout summer camping programhas been greatly under-utilized,and therefore, greatly under-funded for a number of years.
What are the numbers?
Theper-Scout council subsidy levelhas been very high for a numberof years. In 2010, we had a coun-cil subsidy level of more than$100 per camper. Even withadditional cost cutting measuresand further summer programconsolidation efforts, the pro- jected council subsidy level in2011 would have been over $100per camper had we not madethis change. We cannot sustainthis. This would not be fiscallyresponsible, and it is not fair tothe other 80% of our memberswho do not attend WMC sum-mer camp and to our donors.
What other factors led tothis change?
Both enhancedcamping program standards andhealth/safety standards have in-creased greatly in recent years.We applaud this. However, whencombined with the increase inassociated costs including staffingand other items, as well as otherincreases, it is no longer feasiblefor WMC to offer a Boy Scoutsummer resident camp. In addi-
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