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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
You may have noticed that there are a growing number of dead and dangerous trees throughout camp. In order to combat any potential issues, our camp ranger will be hosting a "Chainsaw Weekend" on October 22nd and 23rd at Camp Minsi.
If you have your own chainsaw and the skills to use it, we need your assistance! The camp has reserved a cabin for adult volunteers to stay in on Friday evening. Part of the program will include the delivery of the BSA required Chainsaw Safety Course on Friday evening. A Friday evening cracker barrel will be provided along with breakfast and lunch on Saturday. On Saturday morning, volunteers will be broken into teams and sent out to remove previously marked hazard trees throughout camp.
If you are one of the few, the proud, the Lumberjacks of the Minsi Trails, then please contact Todd Heyn at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-465-8576 to reserve your spot.
The water in Stillwater Lake has been drawn down in preparation for the Stillwater Lake Dam construction project. With the receding waters there are items surfacing that must be removed from the lake to provide a cleaner and safer environment for the wildlife, Scouts, visitors and residents of Stillwater Lake. Venture Crew 940 will be hosting a "Stillwater Clean-Up Weekend" on September 17-19, 2010 at Camp Minsi.
The purpose of this weekend is to remove the trash, tires, metal objects and other debris that has surfaced since the water receded. Troops are invited to come and camp for the weekend - free of charge - in one of our campsites (you will need your own tents, as the summer camp canvas has been put away for the season). Scouts will spend Saturday doing a good turn as they clean and remove debris from the shores and lakebed of Stillwater. Crew 940 will provide lunch on Saturday afternoon to all those who assist in this very large task. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared to get wet and muddy working (showers will be open afterwards)!
Please register for this event by contacting Lisa Empfield (Camp Minsi Summer Camp Director and Crew 940 Committee Chair) with your unit's information and the number of youth and leaders attending by September 15th.
To register, or if you have any questions, contact Lisa Empfield, email@example.com or 610-751-0849.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Work on the Stillwater Lake Dam is now getting underway. Stillwater Lake began the drawdown process on August 11th and the initial phase of construction is expected to start later this month.
In 2002, Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reclassified Stillwater Lake Dam as a "high hazard dam" and informed Minsi Trails Council that significant dam renovations were needed. Engineering plans and the permit applications were completed in November 2009 for the estimated $1.7-million project. Initial construction work will begin after the lake is drawn down and construction will continue through fall and into winter so that the 314-acre lake can refill in time for the 2011 summer camp season.
Camp Minsi will remain open to all units with camping reservations. However the drained lake bed and all construction areas are closed to all campers (no access allowed). Camp Minsi is closed to all other visitors during the dam construction. Safety first … always!
Future updates will be provided as the Stillwater Lake Dam construction progresses.