Hurt by fire-caused camp closure, Pikes Peak Council seeks $ help

       While the Waldo Canyon Fire caused numerous issues in this region, it was the Springer Fire last June near Lake George that has put the Westside-based Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts in a financial shortfall.
       The fire forced a temporary closure of the council's Camp Alexander, resulting in $260,000 in lost income, according to a press release from Jeremy Snook, council development director.
       But so far council leaders have only received a $75,000 insurance payment. “They do not know when, or even if, they will receive additional insurance money to cover the estimated $260,000 in lost income,” Snook said. “As a result, the council is experiencing a significant cash liquidity and budget shortfall to support 'day to day' operating, program and staffing expenses.”
       Help is requested. For more information, call 634-4342 or go to www.pikespeakbsa.org.
      
       In other Scouting news... A merit badge “university” will not be offered on the Westside for a fourth straight November.
       Instead, its organizer, Gregg Graham, former assistant scoutmaster with Coronado-based Troop 53, has formed a nonprofit foundation and moved the event to the Colorado Springs Christian School off East Garden of the Gods Road Saturday, Nov. 10.
       The event, which offers Boy Scouts classes to earn (or get started on) numerous types of merit badges, attracted more than 1,000 Scouts to Coronado or Holmes its first three years.
       For more information, call Graham at 633-3186.

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