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Boy Scouts recognize merger of two local councils

By Rusty Marks, Staff writer

Officials with the national leadership of the Boy Scouts of America have officially recognized the merger of Charleston's Buckskin Council with the Huntington-based Tri-State Area Council.

Jeff Purdy, Buckskin Council scout executive, said the Buckskin Council's governing board voted to approve the merger on May 8, and board members for the Tri-State Area Council followed suit on May 28. The combined scout council was incorporated with the West Virginia Secretary of State's office before being approved by national Boy Scout leaders on July 1.

Purdy said the new council combines the 5,000-member Buckskin Council with the Huntington-based council of about 2,000 scouts. He said the new council now covers 32 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio.

"Being larger offers more opportunities for our members," Purdy said. Scouts in the joint council will now have access to six different camps, and the larger combined membership should give the council more clout with national leadership, he said.

Purdy said the council will keep the Buckskin Council name. Under the merger plan, the Buckskin Council will accept all the assets, liabilities and obligations of the former Tri-State Area Council.

However, Purdy said the combined council will have leadership from both organizations. The combined governing board is expected to hold a meeting later this week adding 11 members from the former Tri-State Council to the board.

Locally, individual scouts and scout leaders should see little change because of the merger, other than to have more opportunities and resources, Purdy said.

"We're doing this to better serve scouts, the youth and their leaders," he said.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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