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Two Boy Scouts councils merge

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The Coastal Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Okefenokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday that they are merging to form a new Coastal Georgia Council.

The Coastal Georgia Council now serves 22 counties and boasts two fully operational camps, Black Creek Scout Reservation in Screven County and Camp Tolochee in Glynn County. The merger was unanimously approved Feb. 25 by the executive boards of the two councils.

Coastal Empire Council Executive Board President John McKinnon said in a statement that the vote "sends a clear and concise message that the people responsible for shaping and guiding the newly formed Coastal Georgia Council are 100 percent dedicated to making this new larger Council a premiere Scouting organization within the Boy Scouts of America. The ultimate goal and underlying motivation is to reach more youth in our area and introduce them to the values and life skills that Scouting instills through its programs.  We will now have the ability to efficiently, effectively promote our programs on a much larger scale."

The new Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America will serve more than 9,000 young men and women annually through traditional scouting, inner city Scout Reach programs, Learning for Life, and Explorer Post programs.

The new council website address is http://www.coastalgeorgiabsa.org/.

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