As you may know, our Council is feeling the impact of two significant decisions: Twin Cities United Way’s eliminating our funding and changes in the Federal Fair Labor Standards, which take effect on December 1, 2016. In response to these changes, the Council commissioned a Task Force to formulate a plan for Council staffing.
Throughout all the effort, everyone has viewed the challenge as an opportunity to improve how staff and volunteers work together to deliver Scouting to the youth and families in our communities. In developing a plan, the Task Force focused on what is ultimately best for the youth, recognized the district as core to providing unit support, and studied how best to utilize professional staff.
The plan changes the roles and expectations of our district-serving professionals. Through these changes, we see some very positive possibilities. More information about these changes will be available at the November Roundtable.
As part of the Task Force analysis, the team recognized that Rolling Hills serves ~1000 youth in just over 30 units and Prairie Lakes serves ~1900 youth in just over 40 units. As such, our two districts are considered relatively small even geographically when compared with other districts serving upwards of 3000 youth in over 70 units.
Volunteers from both districts have met together to discuss expanding Scouting by allowing Rolling Hills and Prairie Lakes to join together as one district. We see the opportunity as a positive to offer programs with more volunteers to share the load.
A small transition team has been formed to help identify the strengths each district has to offer, layout a framework and develop a timeline. At this time, we don’t expect any program changes for the remainder of 2016. In the first half of 2017, we’ll have opportunity to join together with some of our existing activities.
If you have questions about the changes or feedback to help the transition process, please feel free to contact us with PL-RH-Key5 email group or the transition team with PL-RH-Expansion email group. More information will be available on the district websites soon.
We look forward to working with each of you as we transition to our new expanded district.
Thanks for all you do and continue to do for the youth you serve.
Troy Billings Scott Pelava
Prairie Lakes District Chair Rolling Hills Activities Chair
Rose Buntjer-Little George Strickland
Rolling Hills District Commissioner Prairie Lakes District Commissioner