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Maumee Scout Reservation Receives $1 Million Grant for Severe Weather Shelter

Officials from the Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America announced today that the organization has received a mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through Jackson County, Indiana for $1,015,896.03 for the construction of a tornado and severe weather shelter at Maumee Scout Reservation, located in the heart of the Hoosier National Forest near Norman, Indiana.

The severe weather shelter, or “safe room”, will be constructed as part of the planned Fellowship Hall at Maumee Scout Reservation. The $4 million Fellowship Hall facility will include, along with the severe weather shelter, a dining area for up to 360 people, food preparation and storage areas, housing accommodations for kitchen staff, the camp’s Trading Post, and visitor restroom facilities.

According to Hoosier Trails Council Scout Executive Glen Steenberger, safety of Scouts and campers at Maumee Scout Reservation is of paramount importance. “We invested in a severe weather alert siren in 2015, and it has been invaluable in giving campers and staff advance warning to seek shelter,” Steenberger said. “Maumee Scout Reservation is planted squarely in Indiana’s “Tornado Alley,” and this grant will go a long way toward helping us provide the safest possible place to shelter in the inevitable event of a tornado, straight-line winds, severe thunderstorms, ice storms, and any other hazardous weather conditions.”

The severe weather shelter will provide emergency shelter for Boy Scouts, adult leaders, camp staff, and other users of the property year ‘round. More than 6,000 program participants visit Maumee Scout Reservation annually.

The FEMA Mitigation grant is a significant contribution to the Hoosier Trails Council’s major gifts initiative, launched in 2017. The goal of the initiative is to raise $6 million to support capital construction projects and their endowments, including the new Fellowship Hall, an expanded and upgraded Health Lodge, and improvements to Maumee Scout Reservation’s aquatics, Scoutcraft, shooting sports, and camping areas.

Steenberger said, “There is nothing like time at camp to build character and self-confidence, and to create lifelong friendships. Gifts to the Hoosier Trails Council are investments in both youth, and our local communities.”

For more information about the Hoosier Trails Council, its Major Gifts Initiative, or the Maumee Scout Reservation, contact Glen Steenberger at 812.336.6809 or gsteenberger@bsamail.org.


Scouts BSA Skills Weekend

Maumee Scout Reservation, 12975 West County Road 925 North, Norman, Indiana, March 30-31, 2019

Hoosier Trails Council is excited to be launching multiple Scouts BSA Troops this spring and would like to offer a special weekend designed for new Scouts and their adult leaders.  New Scouts will benefit from an outdoor skills focused series of instructional activities including fire-building, outdoor cooking, camping, orienteering, shooting sports, pioneering, first-aid and a lot of fun along the trail.  This is an all-day Saturday event, overnight camping, meals included, with camp-wide joint activities.  Outdoor Leadership Skills Training will be provided for all adults, while the Scouts are rocking their Scouting skills.  Register for this event here.


Platinum Journey to Excellence

We are happy to announce the 2018 Platinum Journey to Excellence achievers and the 2019 program standards and recognitions.  Check it out!


2019 Wood Badge Course

An awesome WB Staff (meet the course's staff) is preparing for a life-changing course for participants in 2019, check out more information here.


February - April Trail Signs Now Available

The latest edition of our printed newsletter is at press and will soon reach your mailbox; however, get a sneak peek by clicking here.


Meet Your Professional Staff and Hear About Them Being all About Numbers

It has been said that Professional Scouters are all about the numbers, meet your team and learn why they do what they do...


‘Scouts BSA’ Also Unveiled as the Name of the Program for Older Boys and Girls to Ensure All Youth Are Welcome and Can See Themselves in Scouting

Family Scouting Timeline
Family Scouting Overview
Family Scouting Infographic


Major Gifts Initiative

We have added content to our MGI webpage, including site plans, project spec sheets, building drawings, an MGI newsletter and more.  Check it out.  Scout units can participate in the investments in our camps, an Adopt a Campsite option has been made available, through which a Scout unit or individual can commit to a gift of support, payable over three years.  Special recognition will be posted in the campsite.  Presently four such shelters are being installed at MSR.  Get more details on this opportunity.


Order of the Arrow Dues

Brothers in the OA can now pay their 2018 Lodge Dues conveniently here to remain in good standing in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.