Re: Goshen Scout Camps
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Tue, 11 Jul 1995 10:41:38 EST
This is primarily for NCAC scouters and others interested in
conditions at Goshen.
I just got back on Sunday, 7/9. I was an adult advisor with a
Lenhok'sin crew. Staff told me that the week before, the rain was so
severe that several crews pulled out in mid-week. The trails were mud
holes, and every downhill was a waterfall. No one could get a fire
During our week, however (7/2 - 7/9), things were drying out nicely.
It only rained once (Thursday night) for a couple of hours; other than
that it was warm, sunny and dry, with clear cool nights.
As for damage--Lake Meriweather only exists now down around Camps
Bowman and Olmstead. The rest of the "lake" consists of the Little
Calfpasture river flowing through massive, drying out mud flats.
Camps PMI, Marriott and Ross are staging aquatics activities, but they
are very constricted in area because they have to use the river (at
most about 30 - 40 feet wide and chest deep) and don't have a lake.
I am told that the dam was very severely damaged during the flooding a
couple of weeks ago. The lake was overflowing and the dam operator
opened the dam to drain off excess water. Unfortunately, lots of
debris (i.e., houses, drowned livestock, timber, boats, etc.) got
jammed in the sluice gates, thus jamming open the dam.
When that stuff got all cleared out (I bet that was a fun job), the
operating gears were found to have been damaged, so the sluice gates
couldn't be closed again!!! Result: around $1 million in damages,
counting the boats, canoes and kayaks that have to be replaced.
I am told that once the dam is repaired, it will take three weeks for
the lake to refill. Thus, there may be a lake again toward the end of
the summer, depending on how quickly they get replacement parts for
the gate operating mechanism.
I got some pictures of the lake; I figure it is highly unlikely to
look again as it does now. I hope so! Anyway, aside from the lake,
things are pretty much back to normal and drying out, and staff morale
has improved considerably.
I've got lots to talk about regarding my week as a crew advisor. I'll
save that for another post, however.
ASM, Troop 120
GW District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City