Troop Future - 2005 and Beyond
Even as Buddy Irwin did in years past, we tend to dream about the future and what we
would like to see happen in the life of the troop and the lives of the boys.
We are planning to petition the church to allow us to build on their property, a new
meeting facility to house our Troop and the prodigious amount of historical paraphernalia
that this troop has accumulated over the years. The facility would have to be funded by
like-minded alumni of our troop, scattered across the United States. It could not come
from the church itself.
The plans that Buddy Irwin drew up more than 15 years ago detailed an octagon-shaped
meeting house with a central meeting room, with 10'x10' bunk rooms housing 6 beds each
around the periphery. There would be enough beds to sleep up to sixty people.
Behind the central meeting room he designed a kitchenette, complete
with stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
These facilities could be used by visiting missionaries and musical groups that attended
functions at our church, or for Scout Troops who were travelling through our area, to reduce
the cost to their troops of travel expenses.
Plans for this facility are available here.
Alumni from our troop (and many others) have been heavily involved in rebuilding
and reclaiming Old Kia Kima, the camp grounds that used to serve as summer camp before
Osage and Cherokee were opened up.
Our troop will be involved in a reunion at Old Kia Kima in late September, where the
Ole 97 Bridge will be dedicated, among other landmarks. (See below)
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