SAVANNAH — The Coastal Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Okefenokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America have announced they are currently exploring the possibility of combining forces to form a new Coastal Georgia Council.
It is believed that a merger of the two councils would enhance Scouting in the region by strengthening programs and better utilizing each council’s resources, making the new larger council the premiere Scouting organization in the area.
“The potential merger would allow us to efficiently accomplish a coordination of programs, including optimizing use of the Black Creek Scout Reservation and Okefenokee Area Councils’ Camp Tolochee,” said the Coastal Empire Council’s Executive Board President Patrick T. O’Connor. “As a result, even more young people would reap the benefits of the outdoor recreational and family activities offered through our camp programs.”
Established in 1920, the Coastal Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America serves around 7,000 young men and women annually in coastal Georgia though traditional Scouting, inner city Scout Reach programs, Learning for Life and Explorer Post programs.
The Okefenokee Council was established in 1931 and serves more than 2,800 youth per year.
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program for character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.”