Middle Tennessee Council

District Realignment

Key Considerations for Conducting a District Realignment Study

  • A Middle Tennessee Council District Realignment Study hasn’t been conducted in over 15 years. Over this time period, significant shifts in population and youth membership have occurred.

  • Due to COVID-19, increased BSA membership fees, loss of LDS as a chartered partner nationally and the BSA bankruptcy, membership has declined.

  • Although the MTC is one of the most fiscally strong Councils in the nation, a significant loss of income in 2020 (due to the factors mentioned above) has occurred. As of July 31, 2020, the MTC had a gross revenue loss of over $2.1 million. The loss in MTC net revenue is over $1.1 million.

  • The uncertainty of the future success of the 2020 fall roundup and popcorn sale could further stress the Council’s revenue.

 

District Realignment Committee Assignment

  • The guiding principle of the study was to utilize MTC resources to best support, maintain and grow local Scouting programs in the entire 37 MTC Counties and Ft. Campbell, KY.

  • The MTC District Realignment Committee studied past demographic changes and future projections in youth membership for each county in the MTC. The committee also reviewed changes in membership, number of adult leaders as well as camp and activity attendance.

  • Even though district boundaries will change, the committee wanted to ensure that as many traditions and volunteer relationships as possible could be preserved.

 

Results of District Realignment Study

  • The number of units and membership per district guided the committee in their decision.

  • Go from 17 MTC Districts to 13. Go from 3 Service Areas (Field Directors) to 2.

  • The current Dan Beard District and the Davidson County part of the Hermitage District will be combined into one district.

  • The current Walton Trail District and the Wilson County part of the Hermitage District will be combined into one district.

  • The current Nashboro District and the Davidson County part of Cherokee District will be combined into one district.

  • The current Warioto District and the Sumner County part of the Cherokee District will be combined into one district.

  • The Duck River District and the David Crockett District minus Lincoln County will be combined into one district.

  • Lincoln County will be added to the Elk River District.

  • Black Fox and Upper Cumberland Districts will be combined into one district.

  • No changes are currently being considered for all other districts: Cogioba, Highland Rim, James E. West, Natchez Trace, Trail of Tears and STEM

 

 

If the MTC Executive Board Approves Proposed Realignment

  • Changes go into effect January 1, 2021. The newly combined district leadership should meet to develop possible new names for the combined districts by 12/31/20. These names will be presented to the MTC Executive Board for approval.

  • Newly formed Districts will select district leadership to better position the MTC to continue to support programs in an efficient manner.

  • Staff changes will result in an approximate savings of $300,000 per year. We believe by implementing these changes it is our belief we will be able to reassign and maintain our current staff.

 

Key Dates

  • Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 p.m.  – Hold Town Hall Meeting with all districts being affected by proposed MTC District Realignment Study.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 6:30 p.m. – Hold a follow up Zoom meeting to answer questions that have been submitted.

  • Early September - Leadership from former districts begin working together in newly formed districts for remainder of the year. New formed district nominating committee is formed.

  • September 18 – Nominating Chair and committees are submitted for approval.

  • October 1 – November 12 – 2021 district nominating committee meets.

  • November 6 – Newly formed districts submit possible new district names.

  • November 13 – Final Nominating Committee Report due

  • December – All 2021 Districts hold District Annual Business meetings and vote on new District Committees.

  • Tuesday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.  – MTC Executive Committee meets. Final vote on District Realignment Proposal.

  • January 1, 2021 – If approved by the Executive Board, new district boundary changes go into effect.

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