Scout camp gets grant for water, sewer upgrades

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp has received a $309,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation of Alaska for upgrades to the camp's water and sewer systems.

''We struggle to make sure the water is safe. The well is fine but the water lines are old. We need to get caught up.'' said Clifford Crismore, Scout executive for the Boy Scouts of America Midnight Sun Council. The 400-acre retreat, located 60 miles southeast of Fairbanks across from Birch Lake, has been in operation for more than 50 years.

The total water and sewer improvements will cost $620,000, with the Rasmuson grant paying for the first phase of the project. Design work has begun, with construction expected to start next summer.

The worn-out water and sewer system has limited the camp's development and Crismore was excited about receiving the money from the foundation.

''The Rasmuson Foundation has a long history of supporting Scouting,'' he said. Before his death, the late Elmer Rasmuson paid for a caretaker cabin that was constructed at the camp, making it possible for year-round use of the facility.

The residence is home to a family that takes care of the camp all year.

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