The goal of Scouting in the Denver Area Council (DAC), including the Denver Metro and Western Colorado service areas, is to help youth develop into responsible citizens through exceptional programs. We do this by promoting positive character development and placing youth in positions of leadership so that one day they will become the leaders of our community, state, and nation. Our year-round programs and camping experiences provide youth with the opportunity to gain skills to become future leaders.
Outdoor adventures provided by our camp facilities are a primary attraction for Scouts and investing in our camp facilities is more important now than ever. Growing Future Leaders creates the ability to make improvements to our programs and facilities, providing a quality experience for all current and future campers.
In 2019, a collective total of more than $15 million of the $18 million campaign goal was raised. The first phase of the campaign included securing $11.6 million for capital improvements at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch (PV), and an additional $1.4 million in endowment for a sustainability fund to maintain camp properties. Additionally, $2 million was secured for programs and infrastructure at CAP.
As part of the Campaign, the DAC held an unveiling ceremony at PV last summer to celebrate renaming the camp to Charles S. McNeil Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, and to reveal the new Scout Center Dining Hall at PV. This generous donation from the McNeil family not only commemorates their admiration for Scouting but will help enable tens of thousands of youth to enjoy PV well into the future
Phase II of the campaign launched in June of 2019, to secure $1.6 million to fund the development of the following projects:
In addition to these core projects, Phase II fund raising will provide:
The first phase of the campaign included $13 million for capital improvements at PV, and an additional $1.35 million in endowment for a sustainability fund to maintain camp properties. Additionally, $2 million was secured for programs and infrastructure at CAP.
CAP was established in 2015 as an indoor activity facility for Scouts and non-Scouts in our communities. Through a generous lead gift from the family and friends of Don Scott, we were able to upgrade and complete the facility in 2018. Every lab and program area was enhanced with additional equipment and building improvements. Only July 12, 2018, the DAC dedicated the Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point as the first major accomplishment of the Growing Future Leaders capital campaign.
For years, camp occupancy at PV in Elbert, Colorado has exceeded the seating capacity in the dining hall, and meals have been served in shifts. This not only impacts available program time for Scouts but prevents an element of comradery and friendship. Per the successful completion of Phase I of the campaign we can now seat and serve 700 campers at each meal, doubling our previous seating capacity and well above our current 500 per week average; so, we have plenty of room for future growth. These improvements will ensure PV is available for future generations of Scout campers; we are preparing for the next 50 years of adventure and advancement!
Improvements at PV include:
To support the Growing Future Leaders campaign and support the development of future leaders, visit DenverBoyScouts.org/donate.