District Realignment in 2021

On November 19, 2020, the Occoneechee Council board of directors approved the following proposal from the district realignment committee:

Defining the new district borders

  • On April 1 2020 – the council will adopt new district boundaries. At that time, there will be four districts that will be defined as:
    • A district consisting of Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, and Moore counties
    • A district consisting of Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, and Vance counties
    • A district consisting of the portion of Wake county containing the cities/towns and planning jurisdictions of Apex, Cary, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Morrisville, and the portions of Raleigh south of I-40. The district also includes any additional areas of Wake County that are outside of any municipal planning jurisdictions and also south of I-40. It would not include any areas of the above listed communities that are outside of Wake County.
    • A district consisting of Franklin & Warren counties, and the portion of Wake county containing the cities/towns and planning jurisdictions of Knightdale, Raleigh north of I-40, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon. The district also includes any additional areas of Wake County that are outside of any municipal planning jurisdictions and also north of I-40. It would not include any areas of the above listed communities that are outside of Wake County.

Current Scouting Membership in Proposed Districts
Youth
New District Units Cubs Scouts Venturing Total Traditional LFL Total
Youth
Total
Adults
North 91 958 1,332 29 2,319 106 2,425 1,027
Central 75 1,066 1,388 44 2,498 78 2,576 1,136
South 90 844 751 51 1,646 28 1,674 840
West 71 837 907 31 1,775 5 1,780 843
Occoneechee 327 8,238 8,455 3,846
Source: Oct. 19, 2020 Monthly Membership & District Totals Reports

 

Transition and next steps

  • To enable a smooth transition, there will be a transition plan of:
    • The district committee members, officers, and commissioner staff in place on Dec 31 2020 will be extended through March 31 2021.
    • The current district chairs from any districts being combined together will jointly work to select a nominating committee for the each new district by Dec 31 2020. This would include any districts that will become part of multiple new districts in which cases those current district chairs will need work to form the nominating committees in multiple new districts. Each nominating committee will then work to recommend the membership and officers of the new districts. Nominating committees will follow the standard rules for a nominating committee in the “Selecting District People” BSA publication.
    • No later than the first week of March 2021, each new district will hold an annual meeting according to the standard rules of the BSA. This annual meeting will be called by the chair of the nominating committee of the new district. At this meeting a vote will be taken on the recommendations of the nominating committee.
    • In the executive board meeting to be held in March 2021, the board will vote on the officers of the new districts as determined in the annual meetings of the new districts.
    • The new districts will begin operating on April 1, 2020.
  • Once districts begin operating, they will need to establish new district names. Those names will need to be selected by and approved by the new district committees.

 

Helping the new districts to be successful

  • An important mission of the Council is to provide support to the units that bring Scouting to the youth in our area. Strong, functioning districts are essential to enabling this. To this end, it is critical that the new districts are successful. In support of this goal, the council committees and professional staff should all work to support and enable these new district teams as they begin operating. To that end, we encourage the Council board to establish a subsequent working group focused on enabling strong district teams and improving district/council interoperability.

 

Detailed maps of new districts

North District

Current Scouting Membership in the Proposed North District
Youth
New District Units Cubs Scouts Venturing Total Traditional LFL Total
Youth
Total
Adults
North 91 958 1,332 29 2,319 106 2,425 1,027
Source: Oct. 19, 2020 Monthly Membership & District Totals Reports

 

Central District

Current Scouting Membership in the Proposed Central District
Youth
New District Units Cubs Scouts Venturing Total Traditional LFL Total
Youth
Total
Adults
Central 75 1,066 1,388 44 2,498 78 2,576 1,136
Source: Oct. 19, 2020 Monthly Membership & District Totals Reports

 

South District

Current Scouting Membership in the Proposed South District
Youth
New District Units Cubs Scouts Venturing Total Traditional LFL Total
Youth
Total
Adults
South 90 844 751 51 1,646 28 1,674 840
Source: Oct. 19, 2020 Monthly Membership & District Totals Reports

 

West District

Current Scouting Membership in the Proposed West District
Youth
New District Units Cubs Scouts Venturing Total Traditional LFL Total
Youth
Total
Adults
West 71 837 907 31 1,775 5 1,780 843
Source: Oct. 19, 2020 Monthly Membership & District Totals Reports

 


District realignment working group notes

We want to let you know the status of the District Reorganization Working Group. The group has been meeting twice a month since July. We have analyzed data from other Councils and compared it to ours. We looked at the strengths and weaknesses of each of the District committees. The group established some objectives for the reorganization.

  • Field full district volunteer teams
  • Encourage growth
    • Align around natural growth corridors – ex. US1, I85, US64/264
    • Align similar communities – ex. Northern Wake, Southern Wake, military families
    • Make sure all proposed districts have the ability to increase membership
  • Form around existing community boundaries
    • Keep a county within a single district
  • Supportable by the available professional staff

The group has solicited input from their Districts on the effect of changing district borders.

After looking at many possible maps, the working group has a come up with a proposal.

  • Working Group Co-Chairs
  • Advisors
    • Adam Van Stedum – Professional Advisor
    • Keith Biegert – OA Advisor
  • Members
    • Ryan Covington – Awahili
    • Scott Fedorchak – Black River
    • Brian Lehrschall – Crosswinds
    • Shannon Macon – Dogwood
    • Dawn Leone – Highlander
    • Ed Miller – Impeesa
    • Tim Kohring – LaFayette
    • Todd Taft – Mawat
    • Steve Larson – Neuse River
    • Wes Weaver – Shakori

The working group appreciates the valuable and constructive input we have received so far, while looking forward everyone’s cooperation in finishing this task.

You can download the District Organization Working Group Information Session Slides that were presented at webinars on October 21, 22, 25, and 26.

 

Yours in Scouting,

Kirk Johnson
Highlander District Commissioner
Justin Sprague
Mawat & Awahili District Chair

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my unit’s recharter be affected?
In 2021, units will recharter with their existing district and the month that recharters are due will not change.
Is more detailed information available?
You can download the District Organization Working Group Information Session Slides that were presented at webinars on October 21, 22, 25, and 26.
How will Order of the Arrow (OA) chapter bondaries be affected?
The OA is in the process of evaluating their chapter structure, but they are not required to have their chapter structure exactly match the district structure. The OA has stated that their boundaries will not change at the beginning of 2021, so if the OA chapter boundaries do change, it will be on a different schedule.
How will Eagle project approvals, Eagle Boards of review, etc. work in districts that cover more territory?
The council advancement committee has committed to making sure that the process continues to work during the transition time, and that projects should continue to be approved and boards of review scheduled using current processes. Ultimately, each new district will need to develop their protocol for handling these matters. These protocols need to comply with current Guide to Advancement rules. We would expect that the new districts would have multiple locations where projects could be reviewed and boards held, so that the drive time is not significantly longer than it has previously been.
How will roundtables, Cub Day Camps, Pinewood Derbies, Camporees, Training events, etc. be affected?
Each new district will need to determine these things. BSA has suggested district organization charts, job descriptions, operating guides, etc. that the new districts will be encouraged to review and use, but there are many possible ways that these things could work out. The new districts should develop a plan that is successful for them.
What will the districts be named?
Each new district will be able to select its own name, subject to approval.
Can a person/unit attend a district activity run by another district?
In many cases, yes. If you prefer to attend an event held by another district, because of scheduling issues, traditional friendships, etc., then you can do so as long as the event director of the event you attend approves.
Who should I contact if I have questions or conerns?
We encourage you to attend one of the sessions listed above and address your issue there. If you are unable to attend, send an email to district-org@ocscouts.org
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