CHATHAM - A brand new Ford F-250 pick-up truck was recently obtained for Camp Hiawatha. The truck was secured with the help of Bergstrom Automotive of Appleton, Wis., to support the year-round camp operations.
Bergstrom Automotive made the acquisition possible through a significant discount and contribution. The rest of the cost came from funds remaining after the sale of the service center in Marquette. The new heavy duty truck will again allow year-round use of the camp with its snow plow capability.
Camp Hiawatha, near Chatham in the heart of the Hiawatha National Forest, is now operated by the Bay Lakes Council of the Boy Scouts which includes northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The former Hiawathaland Council, which served the Upper Peninsula, merged with the Bay Lakes Council. The operational merger occurred in the spring of 2012, but administrative details such as the creation of a new 501 c 3 corporation, the Hiawathaland Camp Corporation, were recently completed. It is a separate non-profit corporation to oversee Camp Hiawatha.
A new truck has been acquired by Camp Hiawatha. Pictured with the new vehicle are officers of the Camp Hiawatha Corporation: from left, Bay Lakes Scout executive, Mark Logemann; and officers, William Davis and Dan Closner of Marquette, Steve Lindahl of Gladstone, and Stan Newill of Sault Ste Marie. Not pictured is Don Miller of Marquette, also an officer.
Since the merger, attendance at Camp Hiawatha has doubled to over 600 Boy Scouts during its five weeks of Boy Scout Camp due to additional campers from Wisconsin and Lower Michigan. In addition, Camp Hiawatha is the home to Bay Lakes Council's week-long National Youth Leadership Training course which involves 100 youth plus a week of Cub Scout programs for 200 boys.
Since the merger, significant additions in program equipment such as kayaks and paddleboards have been purchased for Camp Hiawatha.
Bay Lakes Scout Executive Mark Logemann stated, "Camp Hiawatha is a valuable addition to the already outstanding camp facilities available to Scouts in the Bay Lakes Council. This truck symbolizes the promise of the future of Camp Hiawatha and the collaborative spirit that has been fostered through the council merger process."
More information on the programs and facilities of the Bay Lakes Council is available at www.baylakesbsa.org/.