BATTLE CREEK – The Boy Scouts Service Center in Battle Creek will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 and re-open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30 at 3497 South 9th Street in Kalamazoo.
The closure and relocation is being done to better serve Scouts and volunteers in the Southern Shores Field Service Council which is part of the Michigan Crossroads Council.
“This move will enable us to provide a more regional service approach,” said James VanderRoest, President of the Southern Shores Board of Directors. “It was always part of our long-term plans to open a Service Center in the Kalamazoo area.”
Prior to a merger which consolidated councils throughout Michigan into four Field Service areas, there was a Boy Scout office and shop in Kalamazoo.
The Michigan Crossroads Council was formed in 2012 through the merger of nine councils throughout the state’s Lower Peninsula. It is now the largest council in the United States, serving more than 68,000 youth ages six through 20 and more than 20,000 adult volunteers in 66 counties with a statewide staff of just over 100 people.