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Questions and Answers

Q. Why is now the time to expand, renovate and improve the infrastructure at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation and the Scout Service Center?

The Seven Ranges Scout Reservation was built 25 years ago for 300 Scouts & Scout leaders who attend each week for fun, adventure, learning, mission, aims and methods based on the Scout Oath and Law.

Today we are hosting 5,000 + Scouts and leaders over seven weeks of summer camp. SEVEN RANGES is now operating at capacity and expects continued demand into the future.

Since 1995, the Frank. G. Hoover Scout Service Center has experienced dramatic growth; volunteer leaders and meetings create demand for program storage space and additional offices.

Many Boy Scout Troops from other Scout Councils have decided to make Seven Ranges their summer camping destination because of the quality program offered by the Buckeye Council.

Since 1978, women are serving as Scout leaders; a co-ed staff requires changes to all program facilities.

Program facilities and equipment available year-round with trained, certified and experienced volunteers and staff:

  • Program facilities to match the needs of tomorrow’s possibilities and capacities
  • Program facilities designed with program equipment available year round
  • Program facilities must be available year-round for program availability as the State of Ohio moves toward adding 20 more school days per year

43% of Council income is derived from the camping program of the Buckeye Council.

Program facilities must meet the needs of today’s youth in order to attract and retain youth and adults.

Program opportunities and requirements have changed and multiplied over the years requiring new facilities that meet local health and safety standards as well as National Boy Scout standards.

Q. How long has the Buckeye Council been planning these changes and what does the plan call for?

The Buckeye Council’s Strategic Plan from 2006 called for a focus on program facilities, quality program experiences for Scouts, membership, endowment and finance. This plan has guided the volunteers and staff over the past 4 years. The Development Plan incorporates the following principles:

Design and develop year-round usage of all program facilities to:

  • Be inclusive of youth/adult, male/female
  • Provide winter indoor camping facilities
  • Provide for privacy need of today’s campers
  • Provide needed program areas to met growth of council and communities

Design Program facilities to permit efficiency of fiscal operations:

  • Provide centralized staff housing for summer programs
  • Design and equip centralized food preparation and service capability
  • Design and optimize for effective energy conservation
  • Provide for preservation of facilities through endowment planning

Improve effectiveness of program facilities for program development:

  • Upgrade infrastructure to met today’s standards, codes and needs
  • Provide for multi-program capable facilities
  • Provide infrastructure to support program needs

Provide the foundation for extraordinary program development and delivery:

  • Program facilities and equipment available year-round with trained, certified and experienced volunteers and staff
  • Program facilities to match the needs of tomorrow’s possibilities and capacities
  • Program facilities designed with program equipment available year round
Q. What areas for development have been included in the plan?

There are four areas targeted by the plan for development:
  • Developing a new Cub Scout/Webelos Scout Resident Camp
  • Expanding the capacity of the Boy Scout Camp
  • Create a Venturing Program Area with a wilderness camping component
  • Expanding the capacity of the Hoover Scout Service Center
Q. Why is there a need for a new Cub Scout/Webelos Scout Resident Camp?

Cub Scouting comprises 62% of Scout membership in the Buckeye Council. These 5,000 Cub Scouts represent a market share penetration of 20% of total available youth between the ages of 6 and 10 years of age, while the national average for Scout Councils is 17%.

Cub Scouting is a year-round, family-oriented program designed for boys 6-10 years of age with 3 camping programs.

  • Day Camp for Cub Scouts ages 6-8 with family members or adult partner
  • Resident Cub Scout Camp for Cub Scouts ages 6-8 and family members using themed program facilities as Cub Packs or individual Scouts and adult partner
  • Webelos Scout 3 Day Resident Camp for Webelos Scouts ages 9 & 10 with an adult partner. The Webelos Scout Resident Camp is operating at capacity.

The heart of Scouting is camping. Boys want to be in the outdoors. They desire fun, excitement and adventure that comes from camping with family, peers and Scout trained-adults.

In the Buckeye Council, only 35% of Cub Scouts (Webelos Scouts) are involved in Cub Resident Camps compared to 50% of all Cub Scouts in the mid west because there is no resident camping program facilities for 3,250 Cub Scouts age 6-8 and their families in the Buckeye Council.

Q. What specific plans address Cub Scout/Webelos Scout Camp?

The Cub Scout/Webelos Scout Camp program facilities include:
  • A dining/conference 2-level facility with seating capacity for 300, that includes break-out rooms, offices, trading post, health lodge & camp store
  • Waterfront swimming area and change facility
  • Boating and fishing dock
  • Parking area
  • Archery/BB gun/rock ranges/paintball range
  • Campfire area
  • Ecology lodge
  • Water tower
  • New infrastructure for roads‚ waterlines, electricity, gas
  • Two themed program centers built for year-round use during 3-day camping programs for Cub Scouts ages 6-8 and parents:
    1. Pirate ship or
    2. Frontier fort or
    3. Castle or
    4. Tree house with bouldering wall or
    5. Indian Village
  • Two cabins for year-round camping
  • Activity field
  • Amphitheater to seat 500

The Cub Scout/ Webelos Resident Camp is designed to meet the psychological, physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual needs of Cub Scouts ages 6-10.

Q. What specific plans address the Boy Scout Camp?

Nine areas are identified as follows:
  • Expand and update the dining hall to prepare 2,700 meals daily with additional preparation, cooking, serving area
  • Develop new year-round program centers at the water front, shooting sports, nature and conservation area, and handicraft area with sleeping facilities for male/female, youth/adult—30 scouts and 12 leaders. Each program center to have parking, restrooms, common area, mini-commercial kitchen and outdoor cooking area
  • Construct six new campsites with latrines, wash stands, bulletin boards, flag poles
  • Expand administration building for office space, Camp Master apartment, museum, firearms locker/alarm, conference area, health lodge/registration/trading post
  • Update showers/restrooms: male/female, youth/adults
  • Create new staff housing for 96 male/female, youth/adults
  • Expand and update seating at council campfire arena with defined entryway, seating for 1,000; two fire sets, audio and electronic lighting
  • Add climbing and rappelling tower in outdoor skills area
  • Infrastructure: roads, utilities, water lines
Q. What specific plans address the Venturing and wilderness camping areas?

Venturing is a co-ed program designed for youth between the ages of 14-21 years of age. The plan envisions the following:
  • Use the current site of the Red Barn to create a Venturing Conference Center with male/female, youth/adult sleeping quarters, showers/restrooms, kitchen, conference area
  • A high C.O.P.E. course and low C.O.P.E. Course with 15-25 program elements
  • A volleyball court
  • Indoor/outdoor climbing towers and zip lines.
  • Activity pavilion and storage shed
  • Infrastructure: roads, parking lot.
  • Open field—Sports Complex.
  • Wilderness camping area.
Q. Why does the Scout Service Center need to be expanded and updated?

The Buckeye Council Scout Service Center is 16 years old and needs the following updates due to dramatically increased usage:
  • Additional meeting rooms
  • Increased program equipment storage
  • Two additional offices
  • Computer system upgrade
  • New carpeting