10 GRANTS AWARDED- 10 CAMPS- 3 COUNCILS
Key Foundation Vice President Jared Drake is pleased to announce that the TKF board approved his committee's recommendations for the 2017 Alexander A. Vervaert camping grants. This year 10 grant applications were submitted and fully funded.
The leadership of the councils and camps initiates these grants. TKF provides these funds on the basis of the merits of each application. TKF also encourages applicants to innovate and pilot new programs and approaches.
TL Storer was awarded a grant to expand its shooting sports program. West Wind Day camp was funded to provide a music program with percussion and stringed instruments. Lone Tree Scout Reservation was awarded funds to create a game center at Ft. Prebble. New England Base Camp in Milton was provided funds to expand the ice rink into a three-season sports rink. Funds were provided to the Western MA Council to expand its mountain biking program. Mohegan Council Cub Scout Camps gained support for a STEM program. Treasure Valley Scout Reservation was funded to create a gardening and farming program.
The Spirit Of Adventure Council received additional funding to purchase large-scale dinosaur puzzles for its day camps in Cambridge and Wakefield. Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation was granted equipment to improve and expand its Frontier Program.
Since the beginning of this grant in 2002 TKF has provided nearly $100,000 in funding. It was established to honor the legacy of Alexander A. Vervaert, founder of Wannalancit Lodge #451, Greater Lowell Council Commissioner and builder of Wah-Tut-Ca.