· 1960-66. The Council solicits sponsors from the Washington area to develop the property into a 10-12- camp Scout Reservation. Sponsors for 6 base camps are found. Marjorie Merriweather Post, a Washington area philanthropist, donates money to dam the river and build a central administrative camp. Elliott Gould and Dominic Antonelli donate money to construct one of the camps, to be named after a firm jointly owned by the two, Parking Management Inc., (P.M.I.).
· 1966-67. Seven camps and the dam are built by the Army Corps of Engineers under the direction of Col. Coleman B. Mark. The new 500-acre lake is named Lake Merriweather.
coondog wrote:Maybe you could offer a merit badge for cleaning up the litter.
Quite likely, a bus will unload a bunch of scouts....then take them back another day. This will amount to two trips per bus along the road.....considerably less than the local mail carrier over the same period of time. With an average of 35 scouts per bus making a trip in and a trip out, requiring 6,857 busses, or, resulting in 13,714 vehicular events. That's less than 40 cars over 500 laps. Think of it as NASCAR in slow motion! As far as the lake goes, 240,000 people swimming will displace a lot of water. Get your flood insurance up to date in case the house doesn't sell! Coondog
Lake Merriweather, a 425-acre impoundment created by a 38-foot-high dam known as the Goshen Dam, is located in the western part of Virginia, 30 miles northwest of Lexington. The Goshen Dam is an earthen structure with a reinforced concrete overflow spillway 158 feet wide equipped with a series of 10 14-foot-wide by 9.5-foot-high crest control gates. The National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America owns the lake and dam, and its purpose is to provide recreation and flood control. The dam’s existing spillway capacity does not meet National Dam Safety Regulations, and the spillway’s crest gates susceptibility to damage during flood events raise serious concerns about possible dam overtopping or failing during a large flood event. A technical study recommending fixing (setting) the existing spillway crest at elevation 1,369 and roller-compacted concrete armor of the dam embankment was approved on December 11, 2006. The Norfolk District has the capability to initiate construction in fiscal year 2008.
Agency: Corps of Engineers-Civil Works
Bureau: Corps of Engineers-Civil Works
Account: Construction (96-3122)
Certifying Official: Chief, Programs Integration Division, USACE
Contact Information: http://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL
LAKE MERRIWEATHER, LITTLE CALFPASTURE RIVER (GOSHEN DAM), VA
1 recipient will receive $645,000. This is a continuing earmark. Year Enacted: 2005
Description: Construction General Project Add
Beneficiary/Recipient Amount ($K) Program Type Address
Lexington $645 Locality Lexington, VA
Source: Appropriations Report Language - Conference
Location: Pg. 894
Method: C.R. 108-792
Last Modified: 10-Jul-2007
The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Our vision for the National capital Area Council is to accomplish the mission of the Boy Scouts of America in such an exemplary manner as to be recognized by our public as the premier youth organization in the communities we serve.
fangz1956 wrote:I think the boys were doing what boys do and that the behavior exhibited should most definitely be addressed directly to the Scoutmasters responsible for the troops. Even though they were behaving as normal boys, said behavior falls woefully short of the BSA Mission and vision.
steward52 wrote:I have been told that they went back to congress for the cost of construction but have been turned down. Don't know that for sure. All of this for a private facility that the public does not have access to.
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