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Pool at Camp Indian Trails back in the swim

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
February 9, 2008
— The idea of a new outdoor swimming pool at Camp Indian Trails has been floating around for years.

But, finally now, there is a wave of momentum to keep this Glacier’s Edge Council Boy Scouts of America project from sinking.


This includes a $200,000 donation from the John Glass Estate plus another $118,000 from the former Scout executive’s estate to establish an endowment fund that will be used to maintain the pool, said Paul Romanelli, pool advisory committee chairman.


Construction, under the auspices of general contractor J.P. Cullen, is expected to start this fall when camp closes and by early September. The spring of 2009, and no later than June 1, has been targeted as the projected completion date.


The new L-shaped handicap-accessible pool and neighboring bathhouse will cost an estimated $1.3 million. A campaign to raise the money will kick off within the next few weeks, Romanelli said.


The project kept nose-diving until now due to a lack of funds, said Steve Orlovsky, program director.


“Other things took a higher priority,” he said, referring to the camp’s new dining room and caretaker’s house.


The pool is needed, Romanelli said.


“So much of the Scouting program deals with aquatics,” he said.


This includes earning badges for life-saving techniques, snorkeling and lifeguarding at different Boy Scout levels, he said.


“Learning to swim is important,” Romanelli said.


The existing pool is more than 50 years old and has its share of problems.


“There are a lot of leaks,” Orlovsky said, noting money has been spent to make repairs since the mid 1990s.


“When we lose three feet of water, it’s hard for the well to keep up,” Romanelli said.


Caulking repairs are made between the cement sections of the pool every spring after the winter thaw to help alleviate this problem, he said.


Cribbing timbers also have been installed beneath the pool to keep its deck from falling in, Orlovsky said.


The existing rectangular-shaped pool is 105 feet long, 35 feet wide and is 3½ to 10 feet deep.


The new L-shaped pool has a zero-depth entry and gradually gets 10 feet deep. The shortest part of the pool is 41 feet wide and 30 feet long, while the longest portion of the pool is 82 feet long and 30 feet wide.


The existing basic, three-sided shower room with water only will be replaced with a more sophisticated and enclosed 25-by-60-foot bathhouse. It will have four separate areas—one for youth males, adult males, youth females and adult females.


Romanelli said the board approved the pool/bathhouse project last spring and that the council is committed to doing this project.


“There is a lot of excitement,” he said.


TO DONATE

Contributions for the Glacier’s Edge Council Boy Scouts of America pool/bathhouse project can be mailed or dropped off at the Council Service Center, 2300 E. Racine St., Janesville.



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