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tects, as well as San Jacinto County Judge John Lovett Jr. "[He] has
been helping us navigate through the new road permitting process,"
Fernbach says.
"We've met with the local commissioners," he continues, noting
that the camp will be a benefit to the local region. "It should be good
for businesses with kids being brought in every weekend."
These will include the sales of gas, food and general supplies. "We
also have been reaching out into the local construction market to
purchase material, and [employ] contractors during construction of
the camp," he says.
Another important partner is Bill Scott, the executive vice president of Linbeck Group LLC, a building construction firm. Scott serves
as a chairman for the project's volunteer construction committee.
Scott has provided essential expertise, Franklin says. "I'm in the
Boy Scout business, and I'm not a construction guy," he jokes. "We
need the volunteers to be getting this in the right direction."

Routes Around Challenges
Forney Construction has extensive experience on projects like Camp
Strake, including Camp Aranzazu, a camp for children and adults
with special needs in Rockport Bay, Texas. The company's owner,
Tom Forney, developed the project, Fernbach notes.
He has experience with other SHAC projects, which is proving useful during Camp Strake's challenging construction. "It's been a long
process trying to get all the permits," he admits. These included obtaining a permit to build a road to the camp on an existing easement
in the National Forest.
But this was further complicated when the project team discovered a red-cockaded woodpecker living on the federal land. Because
the bird is endangered species, "We had to route the road around the
woodpecker," Franklin recalls.
The council is in the process of obtaining a permit for the lake
from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Hopefully, we'll have it by
the early part of March and then we can start," Fernbach predicts.
"Obviously, [the lake] is an important part of the camp, especially
during summer in Texas," Franklin says. "It definitely is a programmatic feature we need to have to keep the camp successful."
The project team also hired a biologist to create the right habitat for
the lake. "It's going to have a variety of different fish as well as plant
life and managed as a catch and keep fishing lake," Fernbach adds.
"We have drilled a well to be used to hold the lake a constant level."

'It should be good for
businesses with kids
being brought in every
weekend.'
Fernbach sees similar opportunities ahead for Forney, which
also has completed projects for Girl Scouts of the United States of
America. The company has built Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston, Texas;
Camp Kor Ah in Burton, Texas, Camp Prior in Nada, Texas, and Camp
Tellepson in Navasota, Texas.
Although 50 percent of the contractor's work is for the medical market, 27 percent consists of recreation and eight percent is
non-profit. The company also is in the retail, corporate interior,
worship, education and hospitality sectors.
Projects like Camp Strake allow Forney to utilize its commercial
and residential experience, Fernbach says. "There's a lot of moving
parts," he says.
"We are basically building an entire neighborhood community,
[with] roads, utilities, sewage and water treatment, electric service, a
28-acre lake, dam and all new buildings," he says, adding that all of
this is to be completed on 500 of the 2,818-acre property.

Unique Opportunities
The project team broke ground on Camp Strake in 2016 and aims to
have it complete by summer 2019. Already, it has cleared land for the
property for the facilities and now is at work on the infrastructure
and roadwork.
The experience, Franklin says, is allowing the Sam Houston Area
Council to share its best practices with the rest of the BSA. "We're
building a camp from the ground up," he says.
"There's no other council in the country that's doing something
like that," he continues, adding that this will be his council's permanent home. "It's a unique opportunity we've got in front of us."

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