Camp Berry—Findlay’s Boy Scout camp—suffered severe damage when the “Derecho” storm swept through the city last June. Strong winds uprooted trees and flattened or damaged 14 camp facilities, including the J.T. Boyd Pavilion, a main gathering spot at the camp.
But this summer, campers will enjoy a new shelter house, thanks to the efforts of the Hancock Leadership Class of 2013. The leadership class — 26 members total — not only raised funds for the shelter, but also built it themselves, relying on members with expertise in architecture and construction. The entire project cost $20,000, and a dedication ceremony for the reconstructed J.T. Boyd Pavilion took place in May.
Thousands of young people visit Camp Berry each year, including 6,500 area Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, schoolchildren and church youth groups. The J.T. Boyd Pavilion was originally built in 2005 in memory of a local teenager who passed away.
Hancock Leadership, a program sponsored by the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, fosters and promotes volunteer leadership resources within the community.