Camp Independence Expansion
With the completion of our long range strategic plan, we, as a council, were challenged with expanding our base, being fiscally responsible, enhancing our program, telling our story and being true to our values.
A key part of Program Enhancement is a strategic imperative to achieve a net density of 35% in Cub Scout resident camping through the development of a world-class facility. In 2009, an ad hoc Cub Scout Resident Camping Strategic Plan Committee was formed. This committee, chaired by Dave Green, was charged with reviewing our Cub Scout camping program and facilities and determining what barriers stood in the way of achieving our goal of a net density of 35%.
As our initial step, the program delivery model was changed two years ago to allow for more age appropriate activities and more options and flexibility in scheduling. This has helped us improve our Cub Scout Resident Camp participation density from 13% in 2008 to 20% in 2010.
The recommendations presented today will allow us to achieve the goal set before us in the Long Range Strategic Plan.
A recommendation was presented to and approved by this board last April. That recommendation was as follows:
- Build new Cub World structures and a Webelos transition camp in footprint of what is now Camp Independence.
- Do the work in phases over several years to minimize interference with the present program and as funds for construction become available.
While the focus of the new Cub World will be on character-based programs for youth, the facilities will play a complementary role in attracting Cub Scouts and their parents. The primary purpose of the Facilities Committee is to develop a baseline plan for the facilities needed for Cub World, taking into account the following:
- A Cub World that can accommodate approximately 2,600 youth campers during the summer camp season (pre-merger number)
- Program/thematic goals as defined by other Cub World Sub-Committees
- Natural opportunities and limitations posed by the existing camp topography and layout
Using this charter as a guide and receiving input from the program committee, the facility committee is recommending:
- Five resident thematic structures in the sites of 5 current camp sites
- Develop six new camp sites with season cabins and 3 new shower houses with flush toilets that two camp sites will share
- Add new equipment and structures for program areas to update, improve and expand program opportunities to accommodate added capacity
- Move the gateway to the entrance of Camp Independence and make it more dramatic
- Create a main street atmosphere near the current program hall with facades that can easily accommodate the thematic changes that occur each summer
- Move the Trading Post so that the kitchen in the dining hall can be expanded
The resident structures will be basic and uniform in construction to keep cost down and for ease of maintenance. Each will have a different façade to create the theme of the building. The new camp sites will have basic cabins and have modern shower houses. All of these will offer tent camping as an option. This will give the camp three levels of camping choices to our Cub Scout families.
Phase I was completed with the expansion of the dining hall in 2010.
Our recommendation for phase II is:
- Complete the infrastructure work (water, sewer, electric, roads and parking) for the expansion
- Clear and prepare the 6 new camp sites with shower facilities
- Program enhancements
- Two new resident structures
Future phases will include:
Cub World Presentation
- Completion of resident structures
- Cabins at the six new camp sites
- Continued program and facility enhancements
- Main street
- New Trading Post