"NER Area 5 OA Sections 5A and 5B [are merging] to become Section 5. The merger will take place at the conclusion of the 5A Conclave this summer, which is being held on August [3-8] at Puerto Council's Camp Guajatka. 5B's conclave is being held on June 10 - 12 at Minsi Trails Council's Trexler Scout Reservation. In accord with the OA's Field Operations Guide each section will elect officers at their conclaves, who will serve jointly as Section 5 officers for the coming year." -Ed Cool, Northeast Region Area 5 Outdoor Adventure Chair
"Both A & B will elect Section Officers at their Conclaves this summer and they will co-lead the new section for the merger year and then at the 2017 Conclave (at Forestburg Scout Reservation) the selection of Section officers will be made..... Right now it looks like we will have 11 Lodges in the new section" -Nick DeMarco
"This will make a huge section. Unfortunately, many lodges don't have a camp big enough to host a conclave unless only the Exec. Boards attend. Not a good situation. We will probably have to have our next Conclave at Yankee stadium!! Hahahaha." -Rich Price, Witauchsoman #44
Lenapehoking 9 (from NE-5A)
Woapalanne 43 (from NE-5A)
Na Tsi Hi 71 (from NE-5A)
Japeechen 341 (from NE-5A)
Yokahú 506 (from NE-5A)
Unami 1 (from NE-5B)
Ajapeu 2 (from NE-5B)
Lenape 8 (from NE-5B)
Witauchsoman 44 (from NE-5B)
Lowwapaneu 191 (from NE-5B)
Black Eagle 482 (from NE-5B)
Effective: after the 2016 conclaves for both sections.
Additional References: Matthew McGovern, Section NE-5B Associate Adviser.
Update: However, Jay Schnapp reported that "The vote of the council memberships took place in late January. In Mohegan, the motion passed unanimously. The motion was defeated in Nashua Valley by a vote of forty-something to thirty-something. They will probably try again in another year or two."
As shown on their first lodge flap, they have chosen the number 223. Thanks to Tom Payne for pointing this out to me!
"Word at the Chippanyonk Banquet (04/29/2017) was that the Lodges will attend conclave separately (in adjacent camp sites) and the new Lodge will hold its first banquet on January 8, 2018. Other timing is still being determined with intentions for the Lodges (youth officers) to work together in a 'friendly consolidation' effort. Name, totem and number (or not) also to be determined."
Reference: J. Groves
"On March 29th, Knox Trail Council and Old Colony Council announced approval of their merger. They have now completed their 'listening sessions' and have started a Scout Executive search. May 1st will be the official first day of the new council, but a name has not been determined (via a name-the-council contest)."
References: Knox Trail Council Consolidation and "What's Next" and Old Colony Council via J. Groves
"The Knox Trail Council announced Wednesday [March 29th] that it will consolidate its operations with the Old Colony Council. Members of the Knox Trial Council overwhelming [that] Tuesday to approve the consolidation plan, which will be finalized in April. The group plans to keep their existing offices in Marlborough and Canton[, MA], though they expect to moved to a central location in the future.
The organization will also operate under a new name. [Knox Trail Council President Sherry] Bowden said the councils will hold a contest this summer to select the title."
Reference: "Boy Scouts councils to merge" MetroWest Daily News, 3/29/17
On Nov 18, 2015, it was announced that Revolutionary Trails and Otschodela councils voted to merge. "The Otschodela Trails Council - based in Oneonta - and the Revolutionary Trails Council-- based in Utica-- have started the merger process.
"The new larger council will serve 3400 scouts across six counties. The merger must be finalized by New York State and the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America.
"It's anticipated that the process will be completed in several months and that includes forming a new executive board. The corporate office and executive director's office will be in Utica, but the Oneonta office will remain open."
References: WKTV 2 Boy Scout councils vote to merge and NY OA Trader blog: It's On Again - 2 Boy Scout councils vote to merge. Thanks to Bro. Andrew Kosmowski for notifying me about these developments.
In upper New York state: "Over the past month, the Revolutionary Trails Council and the Otschodela Council have been working on a comprehensive and detailed feasibility study to examine the possible consolidation of the two Councils. The new Boy Scout Council would include over 3,500 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from over six counties. If the consolidation goes through, it would make the new Council one of the strongest in the state. Meetings will take place in both councils over the next few weeks."
Reference: Two local Boy Scout Councils consider consolidation, as reported by WKTV. Thanks to Bro. Andrew Kosmowski for notifying me about this change.
The Boston Minuteman-Yankee Clipper merger is complete, with the new council named being named the "Spirit of Adventure," and is being called New England's largest council. According to the Danvers Herald, "The Boston Minuteman Council completed the blockbuster merger after working for years to eliminate its debt, which was finally accomplished in late 2014." to become "the largest Scout Council ever created in Massachusetts, boasting about 13,500 youth members."
Effective: July 1, 2015
Reference: The Spirit of Adventure Council News "The Merger is Official". Thanks to Bro. Andrew Kosmowski for notifying me about this change.
In January 2015, it was announced that Boston Minuteman and Yankee Clipper Councils are merging, with July 1, 2015 as a "merger goal". Also, all of the scouting units within the part of New Hampshire that is within the Yankee Clipper Council will be transitioned into the Daniel Webster Council.
Their website specifically mentions the communities of Atkinson, East Kingston, Hampstead, Kingston, Newton, Plaistow, Seabrook and South Hampton. However, this would be a much wider area than the small area of New Hampshire wedged between Haverhill and Merrimac, Massachusetts that has been shown in several council camp directories published by the Northeast Region. I have no opinion at this time on how to reconcile the two.
Reference: BMC/YCC Merger Information website. Thanks to Andrew Kosmowski for notifying me about this change.
Andrew Sharples also explained that the new Council will keep the name Narragansett Council, and will be keeping the Narragansett HQ in East Providence, RI.
In May, "the Annawon Council Executive Board voted to approve beginning discussions with the Narragansett Council [in Rhode Island] towards consolidation. This is not a vote to consolidate, but rather an approval to enter into conversations that would lead to consolidation in the future."
Reference: Annawon Council Consolidation Formal Recommendation. Thanks to Jay Schnapp for tipping me off to this development.
Annawon Council posted on its website that for the past eight months, it has been studying and preparing to consolidate with a nearby council-- either Old Colony or Narragansett Council in Rhode Island. On May 6th, their Council Executive Board will vote to "negotiate a final consolidation with Narragansett Council at some future date."
Reference: Annawon Council Transition. Thanks to Andrew Kosmowski for notifying me about this change.