Re: Camp Disaster
Fri, 8 Nov 1991 11:43:00 EDT
Let me clarify the "camp desaster" story. Mike got the general
idea, but I work at the camp and have been in the council since I was 12.
This is the way it goes......In 1986 the council relized it was having a problem
with its camps. It had three, one was junk, It was run down and far away from
most everyone in the council. the next was junk also but the OA had their
trail there and it was close to the "city" so everyone went to this camp.
Finaly there was the "big" camp, The OA's bulding was there and so was summer
camp the olny swimming facilitiy was a swimming pool (that leaked) It was
very run down. So they sold the one that was way off. They "gave back" the
other one(they dident own it flat out) they just paied mantince on it and got
to use it at whim. The "big" camp(500 ackers(sp)) was traded for almost 1000
ackers of prime land next to a wildlife refuge. All this was the best
thing the council ever did. They also started a "buld the camp" fund.
they wanted 5 million, they got 7 million (fund rasing is very easy in this
council) I evern donated. So they started bulding the camp. Little did we
know they were cutting corners everywhere. They also hired a ranger. And
had their first year of camp all this in 2 years! Ecology speaking they should
nothave started the camp so soon 1998 was the first season I was a camper their
the first week and the grass had not grown yet. the pepole who bult the camp
warrned about starting so early but because of the greed in the council.
they started it up. The director of suport service fopr the next 4 years
treated the ranger like crap. The buldings are falling appart. There are "fault"
lines in some buldings. This past summer at the request of the ranger OSHA
had a visit. They found twentysomthing "serious" violations witch means
it looked like the council knew that they were there. (if you want a list
cxontact me privatly) They didi know they were there, every time that someone
pointed them out we told to shut up. For example, The national camp inspectors
were comming so we had a summer camp directors metting. At this metting the COPE
director told the Dir of support service that the COPE trees were rotten
and that the linkis on the cables were wrongly put toghter. The DSS told him to
sit back and that he would handle it " they were the boy scouts and
no one was gona' close his COPE cource" So he brought the council cope dir
out and they argued. and not untill the Summer camp COPE dir got the book and
showed them how it was wrong and a forester came out and said the trees were
rotten did they close the thing. the council then wrote a letter to all
scout masters that said that the trees all one night the trees rotted.
they knew it was unsafe in preivious years and knew that scouts had gone on
an unsafe COPE cource. Now oSHA is knockingwith 28,000 worth of fines
and this can olny hurt progran and the boys.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City