Big plans for the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa. The Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts today announced clean up and reconstructions plans. Dave Sinsheimer is the director of redevelopment for the restoration project and says the facility will remain closed this season. That will give a number of teams time to come up with plans to bring the camp back.
“In order to efficiently organize this undertaking, we have engaged several local professional architectural and engineering firms. They have volunteered their services to the Boy Scouts and the Mid America Council. We are currently coordinating seven task teams undergoing concurrent projects.”
Sinsheimer says they do have a vision for the camp.
“As I mentioned before, we are currently undergoing a formulation of our task teams. As far as cost and what they are going to look like, we are investigating that right now. We have task teams of architects and engineers that are looking at rebuilding of our cabins, our showers facilities and many others. Until we see their plans, we won’t know the true cost or what they are going to look like. During our reconstruction, all of our structures that wee build will be multi-faceted, multi-use structures that will be designed as safe shelters.”
The ranger’s house was the home to Nathan Dean, his wife and children. Their home was lost in the twister but that is one of the first projects in the rebuilding phase. Dean is very grateful to those who came to his aid after the storm.
“I can not put into worlds how grateful we are for key roles that these individuals played in helping my family survive such a terrible disaster. Of course, we are going to hold all of them very close to our hearts and in a very special place. On behalf of my family, we would like to thank our families and the countless people and the communities who helped us and continue to help us through this tough time. Their thoughts, prayers and donations… again, we can not thank you enough for what you have done.”
Along with the ranger’s house, the cabins and showers, there is also a plan for a memorial to honor the four boys who died in the twister as well as all the boys who survived the June 11th storm. The camp will remain closed while the massive task of cleaning up tree debris continues. After that job is complete, the construction of cabins, showers and roads can take place. The early estimated cost is one-point-eight-million dollars.