The Bayport Busy Beavers travel to camp most every Wednesday. Why? Of course, camp needs help being maintained. It's much more then that obvious reason.
About 10 Scouters (BBB), throughout the year have assisted doing many everyday activities such as grass mowing by Jeannette and Chet, maintenance of the warehouse by Tom Priesman. In addition, we have helped Ranger Joe w/repairs, some are emergencies, water pipes, electrical and fixing broken equipment.
In addition to our time spent at camp helping out, we also make or secure donations of materials and supplies to complete jobs - lumber for tent platforms, electrical parts, hinges, paint, pump parts, etc. We have driven thousands of miles and devoted thousands of hours.
The real reason is the value to a Scout. There is absolutely no substitute for a week in camp. This is where the patrol comes together learning the patrol method, fellowship and leadership. It's where the most important facets of Scouting surface, are implemented and developed - character, citizenship, and physical fitness. Skills learned in camp can be hinted at in other scout experiences, but can't be fully developed without a week in camp.
The camp is also the focus of many activities - Lumber Jack, Punkin Chunkin', klondikes, camporees, and OA campouts. It's the center of our annual events. I think of it as a home away from home. Arrowmen are now working on improvements to improve our campsites - fire rings, shelters and campsite markers. They/we care, because it's ours, not someone else's property.
However, we need to pay our bills/mortgage, like any home.
Therefore, I'm giving $1,000 now, and probably another $1,000 per year to camp, to keep it. This is in addition to whatever else I do for camp. I will economically feel this donation and will feel the crunch. However, it's because I care.
Please join me in showing that you care, enough to give more.
Yours in Scouting,
David Singletary, Volunteer