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Boy Scouts of America Ore-Ida and Snake River Councils announce merger

The newly formed council will oversee more than 2,7000 Scouts in 130 Units from Burley to...
The newly formed council will oversee more than 2,7000 Scouts in 130 Units from Burley to Burns, Oregon. (KMVT/KSVT)(KMVT)
Published: Feb. 3, 2020 at 12:57 PM MST
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On Monday, the Snake River Council President Bret Belnap announced The Boy Scouts of America Ore-Ida and Snake River Council will official be merging the two councils to create the Mountain West Council.

The merger, which was approved by the councils’ boards, will help create a more effective service model in the region and help continue the mission of Scouting in southern and central Idaho for years to come.

"A lot of people thought that with the LDS church leaving that Scouting was done for and gone and it is not," Belnap said. "We will as a new council have approximately 2,700 youth and 130 units. So a very strong council."

According to a press release regarding the announcement, the 130 Units will span from Burley to Burns, Oregon. Belnap also said there are currently five new Scouting locations in the works.

To find out more information or about getting children involved in Scouting, visit BeAScout.Org.

Local scout leaders here in Twin Falls are announcing The Boy Scouts of America Ore-Ida and Snake River Councils have announced a merger to create the Mountain West Council. The merger was approved by the councils' boards last week with the intention to create a more effective service model across the region. The newly formed Mountain West Council will oversee more than 2,700 Scouts in 130 Units from Burley, ID to Burns, OR. Bret Belnap, Snake River Council President speaking here, says kids currently in scouting won't see a major change in what their doing but their leaders will have more resources available. Belnap there's 5 new locations for scouting in the works across the area. To find out how to be a part of the new council visit BeAScout.org. More on your news tonight.

Posted by KMVT News on Monday, February 3, 2020