scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Disposition of Property
Mon Nov 22 1999 - 08:29:55 CST
Dale Karweik <karweik.1@OSU.EDU> wrote:
>Last Thursday the Executive Board voted to permit the sale of the
>LeVeque >Scout Reservation by a vote of 22 to 7. There were 29 voting
>members of approximately 120 members of the Executive Committee. This
>same group also voted to adopt the Council budget for next year. The
>deed is done. Thank you for all the members on the list who offered
>assistance. I guess I waited too long as I was unable to put the
>majority of ideas into action before the sale was approved. I arrived
>at the meeting with verbal commitments for 31 votes, but was
>disappointed to have all but 3 not even come to the meeting.
While it may seem like the battle is lost, you still have a chance until the property is actually sold. Our former Scout Exec pushed a resolution through the board to close and sell our only council camp without any prior publicity. The reson given was that the council was in debt and that the camp was a drain on finances. The intense opposition of the volunteers, Scouts and financial supporters to closing the camp caught the Scout Exec by surprise. A volunteer group immediately formed a friends of the camp meeting. The group contacted board members and solicited their support.
At a subsequent board meeting, a resolution was passed to rescind the closing and sale of the camp. The Council President resigned and was replaced by a pro camp president. The new directions given to the professionals and council committees were to come up with a plan to make needed improvements to the camp, increase attendence at camp and get the council out of the red.
Two years later both the camp and the council were thriving. The council budget is in the black, camp attendence is up, new programs have been added to meet the needs of older Scouts, and long defered maintenance deficiencies have been corrected. Several new buildings are currently under construction and a long range planning committee is working on a plan to expand the camp, so that it can simultaneously support Cub resident camping and Scout resident camping.
The bottom line is that the camp can be saved by a grassroots effort of the Scouts and Scouters.