Thanks to all who attended one of our seven Fireside Chats to learn more about the proposed consolidation of the Milwaukee County and Southeast Wisconsin councils.

We had some great feedback and questions about the consolidation process and about how a consolidated council would operate and serve Scouts in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine counties. It also was a great opportunity for Milwaukee County Scouters to see Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta near Burlington and for Southeast Wisconsin Scouters to tour Indian Mound Scout Reservation in Oconomowoc.

One of the most common questions we heard at the Fireside Chats was about the name of the new council.

We are beginning a process that follows National BSA guidelines to select a new name. That process involves Scouts and Scouters from all areas of the two current councils, and is being guided by two moderators — one from Milwaukee County and one from Southeast Wisconsin. The group will propose names, and after approval from the National BSA, a selection committee will make the final determination.

You can be part of the process, too! All Scouts, Scouters and supporters can submit their ideas for a new name via an online form at the consolidation website: www.BetterStrongerScouting.info.

See the website for name criteria as noted by the National BSA office, and for details of our naming process.

Why a new name? We are two councils coming together as equals to form a new council for the next 100 years of Scouting in southeastern Wisconsin. While we will honor the traditions of each existing council, we will start a new journey together.

When will we have a new name? Plans are to announce the new name in conjunction with the announcement of results of the Sept. 7 consolidation vote.

We’ll continue to keep you informed of the consolidation process through the consolidation website, www.BetterStrongerScouting.info.

Submit your Council name recommendation or continue to provide input via the Blog page of the consolidation website.

As we noted during the Fireside Chats, the consolidation process will not end on Sept. 7. If approved, a whole new and very critical second phase begins – transition. That phase will require your continued input and support in helping us shape the new council and make it the best possible organization to serve Scouting in southeastern Wisconsin.