Council Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Camp
On October 22nd over 100 people gathered at Falley Scout Reservation to mark the 70th Anniversary of Camp. Vice President of Properties, Bruce Pfeiffer offered remarks and lead the Ribbon "Chopping" to dedicate the newly established Legacy Donor Plaza. Photos from the event can be seen at on the Council's Facebook Page by clicking here.
The Legacy Donor Plaza serves as the entrance to Falley Scout Reservation. It begins at the parking lot, wraps around the Dr. William C. Menninger Family Welcome Center, and continues toward the main parade grounds. For years to come, each person who visits Falley Scout Reservation will see those who have decided to support its present and future. The Legacy Plaza is a permanent way to recognize a Scouter, Eagle Scout, family member or an individual who has been key to your Scouting experience. It can also be a great way to personally show your support of the Jayhawk Area Council and it’s camping programs.
Proceeds from this program will be placed in a restricted fund with the specific intent to provide support to the Jayhawk Area Council’s camping programs and facilities.
To become a part of the Legacy, call the Jayhawk Area Council at 785-354-8541 or Email Development Director, Erin Aldridge at Erin.Aldridge@Scouting.org
Remarks by Bruce Pfeiffer:
70 Anniversary Dedication
In early 1946 the Executive Board of the Jayhawk Area Council, under the leadership of Council President Lucian Grey of Central National Bank of Topeka, decided it was time to look for a property to serve as the location for the Council’s summer camp program. Prior to this time, we had been using the Kiwanis Youth Camp located at Lake Shawnee. The board placed notices in the area newspapers, stating “Wanted: A place to raise kids.” A farmer in Jefferson County thought we were talking goats and offered 207 acres of hilly land. Little did he realize this ground was perfect for raising a different kind of “kid”.
On October 22, 1946 Camp Jayhawk was born!
Over the years, additional property has been acquired including the 80 acre West Ridge and the 40 acres on the northern end of our property to create the nearly 340 acre camp we now call Falley Scout Reservation. We have made numerous improvements to the facility and have seen hundreds of thousands of youth and their families spend time hiking trails, camping and enjoying our lakes.
In 2008, the Jayhawk Area Council embarked on a capital campaign called Building Tomorrow’s Leaders. Dr. Walt Menninger served as the campaign chair and over $3 million dollars was raised with $2.5 million earmarked for camp improvements. We are pleased to announce that the majority of the projects associated with the Building Tomorrow’s Leaders campaign have been concluded. The remaining projects to be finished up by next summer’s camping season. All of these projects are listed in your program today. There were 18 new constructions projects completed, 14 remodel/renovation projects, and over a dozen program or equipment enhancements. The remaining projects are set to be completed by the 2017 Camping Season. This has been a remarkable process over the past few years.
We would like to thank Dr. Walt Menninger for his leadership and all those who helped raise the funds to make these projects possible. A special thank you to the numerous donors who have supported Scouting through the campaign and all those who have spent their time and talent to help make this possible. We would also like to thank Mohan Construction who was the project manager for the major construction projects, Brack & Associates for their donation of engineering services and Treanor Architects who donated all the architect services. Throughout this project, we have worked closely with members of the Jefferson County Commission, Planning and Zoning Department and Road and Bridges Department. We appreciate everything that they and the area neighbors have done to support the development of the property.
Another group that deserves our thanks is the Camp Maintenance Team. This group of volunteers with specialized skills in construction has allowed us to maximize the dollars donated to be used for materials. Their donation of labor has been invaluable. In addition, we have benefited from many of our local unions who have brought journeymen and apprentices out to help with construction at no cost. We need to especially thank the local Carpenters Union and IBEW for their assistance. One other group to recognize is Westar Energy. Not only have they provided cash support but their lineman have brought out the trucks to install utility poles, the green team has provided a vast amount of lumber for our projects and they have donated use of equipment and a truck.
There has been one person that has been instrumental in securing the volunteers and wrangling the materials from his many contacts. Richard Mohney, known by most as Griz, has served as our maintenance team chairman for the past few years. In that capacity, he has coordinated work days, recruited people to come out to assist in projects and has an amazing knack for getting “stuff” for camp. We don’t necessarily want to know how he gets it, (pause for laughter), but we are glad that he is on our side. To recognize Griz for his invaluable contributions to Falley Scout Reservation, the newly renovated quartermaster building in the maintenance area will now be known as the, “Richard “Griz” Mohney Quartermaster Building”.
We are standing here today in the new, and when I say new, I mean really new, Legacy Donor Plaza. This plaza was created for three purposes. It is a way to properly recognize those that supported the Building Tomorrow’s Leaders campaign. Second, it serves as way to show those coming out to Falley Scout Reservation what they can do while camping and transitions people from the check-in to the program. Third, it is our way to protect the future of this property. Proceeds from the purchased bricks are set aside to address future maintenance needs of the camp. It is a way to preserve the support we have received and ensure the facilities are maintained for tomorrow’s leaders. In the years to come, it is our goal to build this fund through additional donations. Thank you to everyone in attendance who has contributed to this vision.
Today, on the 70th Anniversary of that purchase, we are pleased to have everyone present today to see the changes we have made. We hope that after our “Rope Cutting,” you will join us for dessert and refreshments as well as tour the camp. On the back of your program you will find a map of the property with key areas. We have staff available to take you show you around. Great Life Golf and Fitness has donated the usage of golf carts to aid in these tours. Thank you all for attending and helping us continue to make this “A Place to Raise Kids!”