The Service and Program Center of the Great Sauk Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America on Huron Parkway in Ann Arbor, endured devastating water damage as over 12 – 24 inches of water accumulated in the office during the serve inclement weather that rocked communities all over Southeastern Michigan. Thirty adult and youth scout volunteers worked diligently throughout the day on Sunday attempting to clean and salvage what little they could. The deepest appreciation goes to Chris Gorski and his team from Washovia in Adrian, MI, the emergency cleaning services and restoration firm which responded immediately and with great generosity. Currently, the damage is estimated to be a near total loss with complete destruction and water inundation of all computers, servers, most paper files, floor covering and walls.
The Great Sauk Trail Council currently serves over 9,000 youth and 4,000 adults in communities across 7 counties in Southeastern Michigan. The Scout Center will be temporarily closed due to the extensive water damage but the dedicated Scout Volunteers and Field Professionals will continue to serve their communities, supporting program and assisting with community clean up. Although office functions may be impaired for sometime, there will be no significant interruptions in program. The Jackson Scout Service Center at Camp Teetonkah will be open with extended hours and GSTC’s three Scout Camps will still be open for service in the interim.
The local scouts desperately need assistance however, to continue to serve the community and return operations to full strength. Contributions to the local Scout clean up effort can be made on the internet at GSTCFlood.Kintera.org. Please call 734-971-7100 ext 215 to donate supplies. Please visit the GSTC website regularly for further updates and a needed materials and supplies list.
Community help and support are appreciated and will ensure Scouting in the Great Sauk Trail Council can return to full strength.