A Look at Camp Properties
This month, we want to focus on the great work underway, and completed at Bear Paw Scout Camp. During winter 2018, snow crumbled the program center. In mid-July 2019, an unusual weather phenomenon called a “macroburst,” toppled thousands of trees and damaged many buildings; restoration effort began before sunrise.
Since then, thousands of volunteer hours, and people spending whole weeks in camp, helped bring back Bear Paw for this summer. We caught up with Camp Ranger Andy Anderson and Craig Berndt, Vice President for Properties, for this update:
If you attended summer camp at Bear Paw this year, you saw the extensive camp restoration underway from the snow damage and wind storm of 2019. A number of camp buildings are under construction to replace buildings damaged by these storms, including a new Program Storage building, a new shower house, a Leader’s building, a STEM/Sugar Shack, and the Nature Center/boathouse. These buildings are in various stages of construction with the Program Storage Building the first to be completed. This building houses the program and high adventure gear including the ATV’s, bicycles, and winter equipment. <The picture shows the outside of the Program Storage building> Thanks to Dave Benton and the council staff for planning and initiating the camp restoration, and the many adult volunteers that have worked tirelessly over many weeks constructing these buildings. One key goal is to have the STEM/Sugar Shack building ready for operation next spring for the maple syrup season at Bear Paw.
Great thanks to you two, Craig and Andy, and the hundreds of volunteers who continue to make scouting happen at our camps.