The Baltimore Area Council of the Boys Scouts of America is beginning a campaign to raise $3 million to pay for repairs to the aging Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in Northeast Harford County.
Since 1948, the camp has provided year-round recreation for youngsters -- particularly Boy Scouts -- from the Baltimore metropolitan area. Now, as the 50th birthday of the 2,000-acre campground approaches, donations will be solicited from scouting families and leaders as well as from corporations and foundations.
Approximately $1.5 million is needed for immediate capital improvements, such as lodge renovations, pool repairs and water system and road improvements. Additional funds would be placed in trust to generate income for continued maintenance.
The three-year "Broad Creek Renaissance Capital Campaign" officially begins tomorrow, with a cookout and camp tour for scouting board members and campaign organizers, said John Cyphers, vice president of operations for the Baltimore Area Council.
A corporate volunteer for scouting, Mr. Cyphers is president of the Bryn Awel Corp. -- a site developer and paving contractor in Towson. He attended the camp as a youth and worked as a camp counselor.
"I just love the camp," said Mr. Cyphers, 39, the father of three Scouts. "I'm really hoping to get it back up to what it was originally so my sons can enjoy it the way I did."
The Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation has three Scout camps -- Camp Saffron, Camp Oest and Camp Spencer. Rowing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking may be enjoyed on Lake Straus.
A 19-station ropes course, a mountain biking course, a lodge for handicapped scouts, three swimming pools, campsites, lodges, hiking trails and a basketball court are featured.
Broad Creek serves 14,000 individuals from Scout and other groups on weekends from September through May and 4,500 Scouts during the summer. Those numbers are expected to increase after repairs and improvements are completed, said Reed Blom, director of Broad Creek.