Local Boy Scout group to reorganize

Local Boy Scout group to reorganize

     A local Boy Scouts organization has decided to reorganize its operations as a result of the weak economy, but officials say it should not affect its ability to serve area scouts.

     The executive board of the Prairielands Council, Boy Scouts of America, voted unanimously last week to reorganize how it is structured to meet local area needs and to improve the council's financial position.

     Scout Executive and CEO Tim Manard said there have been several years of minimal financial growth, and before that, there were some years where the council operated under a deficit.

     Manard said the council could not continue operating the same way.

     The council will now consist of two service area districts instead of three, and two of 10 staff members will be let go, according to Manard.

     The Prairielands Council serves 4,000 Boy Scouts in seven counties in East Central Illinois and two counties in Indiana.