During December 2015, the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council (LHC), arranged for a review and evaluation of our ten camping properties and our three administrative offices to better understand the full scope of our managed properties and current and future capital investment goals.
This review was led by John Stewart, Consulting Engineer - Outdoor Programs/Properties from the Boy Scout's national office in Irving, Texas. Mr. Stewart, along with members of our Council property and camping committee, did an extensive review visiting our properties and offices and gathering data.
Subsequently, Mr. Stewart and the LHC Properties committee, prepared a written report summarizing their findings and offering their recommendations. The report and recommendations were presented by Mr. Stewart to our Laurel Highlands Council board of directors at their annual board retreat, Saturday, February 6, 2016.
The Board commended Mr. Stewart and the committee for the efforts they put into delivering a well-researched and thorough presentation.
As a result, the board passed a motion accepting the report as the foundation for developing a more comprehensive plan. LHC Scout Executive, Sharon Moulds, was directed to return to the board within 60 days with a more developed set of plans for council properties and offices.
The written report and PowerPoint briefing charts presented by Mr. Stewart at the February 6th meeting are available for your review by selecting the links below. You can also review additional information by selecting the links on the left.
The board of directors also passed a unanimous motion giving direction to our Scout Executive to take immediate steps to modify ownership and use with respect to Putt's Camp (a primitive camping area located on Raystown Lake) and Camp Joseph (located on top of Allegheny Mountains, just west of Bedford and has two primitive campsites). A committee is being established to review the council’s options with regards to these properties.
We encourage you to visit our website and review the report. Our goal, of course is to provide a safe, sustainable, camping program to as many Scouts as we can affordably reach. Your insight is needed, and your input is always valued.
Yours in Scouting,
H. Scott Cunningham