Southern Shores Field Service Council
|Southern Shores Field Service Council|
|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
|Founded||August 14, 2012|
|Scout Executive||Matthew Adams|
Southern Shores Field Service Council is a field service council of the Michigan Crossroads 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 out-migration 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.
The council is administratively divided into districts:
- Lenape District serving Lenawee County and Hillsdale County
- Three Fires District serving Livingston County
- Running Waters District serving Monroe County and the city of Flat Rock
- Huron Trails District serving Washtenaw County
- Wabano District serving Van Buren County and Berrien County
- Pathfinder District serving Kalamazoo County and St. Joseph County
- Nottawa Trails District serving Western Calhoun County and Branch County
- Cascades District serving Jackson County
Kishahtek Lodge 88
The lodge was formed from merging Manitous Lodge 88 and Nacha-Mawat Lodge 373 after the Great Sauk Trail Council and Southwest Michigan Council merged into the Southern Shores Field Service Council.
Similar to the Field Service Council, the lodge is divided into chapters, which correspond within district boundaries
- Allohak Chapter in the Huron Trails District. This name comes from a prior lodge which served the Ann Arbor area.
- Carcajou Chapter in the Wabano District. Named after the Carcajou Lodge 373 that served the Southwestern Michigan Council prior to merging with the Fruit Belt Area and Nottawa Trails Councils in 1973. Carcajou Lodge had the Camp Madron Dance Team.
- Lenape Chapter in the Lenape District
- Mandoka Chapter in the Nottawa Trails District. Named after the Mandoka Lodge 315 that served the Nottawa Trails Council prior to merging with the Southwestern Michigan and Fruit Belt Area Councils in 1973.
- Munhacke Chapter in the Three Fires District. This name comes from a prior lodge which served Livingston County
- Tecumseh Chapter in the Running Waters District. This name comes from a prior lodge which served Monroe County
- Teetonkah Chapter in the Cascades District. This name comes from a prior lodge which served Jackson County
- Wakazoo Chapter in the Pathfinder District. Named after the Wakazoo Lodge 203 that served the Fruit Belt Area Council prior to merging with the Southwestern Michigan and Nottawa Trails Councils in 1973.