Western Massachusetts Council The Western Massachusetts Council serves the Scouts and Scouters in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties of western Massachusetts. The Western Massachusetts Council is geographically the largest Boy Scout council in Massachusetts. It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the future Scouting will continue to ?Offer young people responsible fun and adventure; ?Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law; ?Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership; ?Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program. History The Western Massachusetts Council was formed through a consolidation of the Great Trails Council and the Pioneer Valley Council. The process of bringing the two councils together began in September of 2007. After many review and study meetings, the Executive Boards of both councils recommended that the consolidation be put to a vote by the voting members of both councils. The vote took place on June 28, 2008 and was an affirmative vote by both councils.