This is part of a weekly series that highlights a grant provided by the Foundation.
Seven Mountains Scout Camp has served the community for 76 years. The camp is open 365 days a year and hosts about 10,000 people per year; about 1000 of those people are Boy Scouts who attend the camp in the summer.
With all of that history and all of the people the camp serves, it was vital to the council’s Scout Executive/Executive Director, Jim Kennedy, to raise the money needed to upgrade the camp’s septic systems and keep the camp open.
The council set out to raise $125,000 to fund the project, but considering the state of the economy, and the nature of the project, Kennedy was worried that the group wouldn’t be able to come up with the money and complete the project in time to open the camp’s doors this summer.
“Raising money for a septic system is not a real glamorous project,” Kennedy said. “Would you want a septic system named after you?”
And though most people would probably say “no” to that question, the council was still able to raise about $100,000, some of which came to them through a grant from the Centre County Community Foundation. Though they don’t currently have enough money to complete the entire project, they can do enough of the upgrades to host their summer programs, which start June 18.
Kennedy said Boy Scouts has been a very beneficial program to him and his kids and that it’s an important program in this area. About a quarter of boys and young men in the area, aged 6 to 15, are involved in a scouting program, he said, largely because of the benefits scouting provides to them and to their community.
“It gives them something positive to do, while encouraging them to give back to the community,” Kennedy said. “And it teaches them new skills they’ll be able to use throughout their lifetimes, including leadership skills.”