TERRE HAUTE -- The Wabash Valley District of the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, will benefit from a $16 million major gifts campaign.
The campaign includes more than $2.8 million of funding that will enhance the Wabash Valley District and scout experiences. It includes $2.5 million for improvements to Camp Krietenstein, which is located near Brazil.
The efforts also include $380,000 of support to the Wabash Valley district through enhanced volunteer training, improved council support, both financially and administratively, and a growing endowment fund to support capital maintenance projects.
The Camp Krietenstein project will include renovations and expansion for first-time campers and year-round programming. All facilities will emphasize reducing operating costs and lowering energy usage, and be as "green" as possible.
Specific enhancements will include a new dining hall to serve 400 campers and leaders; first aid facility; two shower houses; three staff housing cabins; campmaster cabin; five program area shelters; camp administration offices; four new campsites; roadwork and expanded parking; ranger residence; and septic fields; electrical wiring and a phone system.
To date, $11 million of the total $16 million goal has been raised from nearly 200 donors including foundations, businesses and individuals. A $5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment and a $1 million building challenge grant from the United Way of Central Indiana are the campaign's leading gifts.
Brazil native Andrew Bowman, an Eagle Scout from Troop 95 and Crew 920, participated in the kickoff event at Camp Belzer in Indianapolis, Thursday. The Northview High School graduate will be a freshman at Indiana State University this fall and plans to study political science. He serves as lodge chief and C-6A vice chief for Order of the Arrow, spent three years on the camp staff at Camp Krietenstein, earned an outdoor bronze in Venturing and has been involved in scouting for eight years.
The Crossroads of America Council currently serves more than 33,000 scouts across 25 central Indiana counties. The Wabash Valley district is one of 13 districts in the Crossroads of America Council and is made up of Vigo, Vermillion, Clay, Putnam, Sullivan and Parke counties.
More than 2,100 scouts and more than 900 volunteers are involved annually in Wabash Valley district activities, including 674 scouts that attended a summer camp in 2008.