Michigan Crossroads Council
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|Michigan Crossroads Council|
|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
|Founded||August 14, 2012|
|Scout Executive||John Reesor|
The Michigan Crossroads Council (MCC) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America that serves the youth of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The council was formed in 2012 by the merger of nine councils.
The Organization of the Boy Scouts of America councils in Area 2 of the Central Region is unique to Michigan. The Michigan Crossroads Council (MCC) was created by the merger of nine councils in the lower peninsula of Michigan. It is a coordinating council that oversees properties, personnel, and program. This MCC is then split into four sub-councils or "Field Service Councils" which are then divided into districts.
- Great Lakes Field Service Council
- President Gerald R. Ford Field Service Council
- Southern Shores Field Service Council
- Water & Woods Field Service Council
The Scouting program in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan saw drastic drop in membership beginning in the early 2000s. The decrease in population was due to the economy in Michigan and the resulting outmigration of population, jobs and industry. The Area 2 Project was created in 2010 and studied the impact on Scouting and presented the Crossroads Recommendation, which proposed that the ten councils in Michigan merge into one large council. As a result, in 2012, four field service councils were created consisting of former councils:
- Gerald R. Ford Council and Scenic Trails Council merged into President Gerald R. Ford Field Service Council
- Lake Huron Area Council, Blue Water Council, Tall Pine Council and Chief Okemos Council merged into Water & Woods Field Service Council
- Southwest Michigan Council and Great Sauk Trail Council merged into Southern Shores Field Service Council
- Great Lakes Council renamed to Great Lakes Field Service Council
Erie Shores Council in northwest Ohio voted not to join Area 2 project. Hiawathaland Council on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, voted against merging into MCC and later merged with the Bay-Lakes Council in Wisconsin.
- "BSA Area Project". Boy Scouts of America.