BOY SCOUTS RECEIVE A PIECE OF HISTORY FROM WOODLOCH
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Woodloch Press Release
Woodloch Pines Resort and the Kiesendahl Family are donating a piece of history to the boy scouts. The original Daniel Carter Beard cabin-home of the original Boy Scout Camp, located at Woodloch Pines will be dismantled and transported to the Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation on Lake Wallenpaupack, where it will be reassembled and preserved.
Daniel Carter Beard, one of the founders of The Boy Scouts of America, built a log cabin on Lake Teedyuskung in 1926. This cabin, more commonly known as the “mess hall”, was the meeting spot for many boy scouts. While being involved in summer camps - Dan Beard taught the skill of woodcraft to young scouts. Known by many as Uncle Dan, he will always be remembered as a vibrant figure dressed in buckskins that helped form scouting in America.
“This is a great opportunity for the boy scouts to begin creating their own history,” says Debbie Stewart, a local history advocate “In the years to come they can share this part of inherited history with their children & grandchildren.” Last summer during the boy scouts 100th anniversary, Debbie Stewart researched and created an exhibit focusing on the Dan Beard Cabin and its importance as local history. “Ms. Stewart’s specific knowledge of the man, Dan Beard, provided the provenance to the cabin as a unique treasure which demanded that it be maintained for future generations,” says Gerald Ephault, an initiator for the Dan Beard Project. It has been an effort to move this cabin for years, and finally the time is right… Right Now!
The Dan Beard Cabin Committee is fortunate to have an executive council composed of leading professionals lending expertise, time and labor to bring this project to fruition, such as attorneys, a civil engineer, architects, and constructions experts. Robert Gibbons, Jr, committee chair and also leader of this project says, “We have been lucky enough to have received a grant from the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority.” The LHVA generously donated a grant of $10,000 toward the project. This grant helps to cover the costs of dismantling by “Cabin Doctor.” Restoration of the cabin is schedule for November 5, 2011 at the Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation. The boy scouts are continuously applying for grants to help support this $200,000 project. If you are interested in donating to this non-profit organized project, more information can be found online at www.nepabsa.org/danbeardcabin.
Applications for a historical landmarker are being processed to mark the original location of the Dan Beard Cabin, at Woodloch Resort. Woodloch has always followed a tradition of hospitality and excellence; “The donation of the cabin was an excellent opportunity to preserve a historical landmark,” says John Kiesendahl, owner of Woodloch Resort.