Omaha Public Radio News
3:08 am
Thu July 10, 2008

Mid America Council starting to plan for Little Sioux Scout Camp rebuilding

Omaha, NE – One month after a tornado struck the Little Sioux Scout Camp, the Mid America Council of the Boy Scouts is starting to plan for the camp's rebuilding.

That tornado killed four Boy Scouts, including three Omahans, when it struck the camp June 11. That storm destroyed cabins and the ranger's home. It also heavily damaged trees and timber.

Dave Sinsheimer of Kiewit Construction is the Council Properties Chairman. Sinsheimer says there isn't a cost estimate yet because plans are still being created. The new cabins will also function as safe shelters. Sinsheimer says rebuilding will take years, and will be done in phases. The first phase involves clearing debris and rebuilding the Ranger's home.

Mid America Council officials say a memorial will also be built at the camp. It'll pay tribute to the four Scouts killed and honor those who helped rescue others after the tornado hit.

So far, $182,000 has been raised toward the rebuilding of the Little Sioux Scout camp.

Click on the link above to hear the news conference about the rebuilding efforts.