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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – June 23, 1938

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The collapsed remains of the boy scout camp at Butte Meadows in the late 1930’s

New Campsite is Opened at Silver Lake
Construction Now Contemplated for Scouts
June 23, 1938

Construction of a new Boy Scout campsite at Silver Lake, near Susanville, is being contemplated by the Nevada Area Council, J. E. Horgan camp committee chairman, announced Tuesday.

An extensive building was outlined at a recent meeting of the council at the present Scout camp at Lake Almanor by Lester D. Summerfield, council president, who said that the program, when completed will provide local scouts with one of the finest camps in the west.

Damaged by Snow

The old camp buildings, constructed a number of years ago, were damaged last winter by heavy snows, while snow-blocked roads delayed start of the building program in time for summer camp.

Summerfield asked scout executives at the meeting to present the building program to their troop committees for consideration and to report to the council in the near future.

An unnamed donor, Summerfield disclosed, has offered to match all money raised by local districts for completion of a mess hall, sanitary buildings, a hospital building and camp headquarters. If sufficient funds are pledged to warrant the construction of a mess hall, work will start within the next two weeks.

A dining hall, 25 by 60 feet, with a kitchen, 12 by 16 feet, will be constructed first, with the building to be made of peeled logs in a log cabin fashion sufficiently large to accommodate 175 scouts. Tent platforms will also be erected to house capacity of 20 scouts and leaders.

In addition to the western division camp, Grant Smith Jr. of Elko announced that the eastern division is planning to construct a camp in Lamoille Valley. Funds have been raised and the forest service and railroads have offered their co-operation. A. R. Togerson is in charge of the camping program for that section.

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