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New Water Tower for Camp Oakley

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Camp Oakley, the national camping and training grounds of The Scout Association of Belize, boast a new water supply tower and water tank. Thanks to the generous financial assistance of Claire and Chester Czepyha, from New Hampshire, who are long time friends of the Scouts of Belize.

The new water tank holds a capacity of 2500 gallons of water, increasing the water capacity of Camp Oakley to 6000 gallons and increasing the number of water reservoirs to three.

The water supply at Camp Oakley comes from a manmade well and the water is pumped into the elevated water towers through the use of a windmill, which was also donated by the Czepyha’s some years ago.

As more Scouts and other organizations use Camp Oakley, the demand for more water has increased over time and it is hoped that this new water tank in place will accommodate the high demand of water during events at Camp Oakley.

Over the years, the Czepyha’s have received several awards from the association including, the Chief Scout Personal Award, the Chief Scout Commendation for Good Service and the Century Gold Award.

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The Scouts of Belize salute and thank the Czepyha’s for the genuine and generous support they have provided to the Scouts of Belize over the past 20 years. It must be mentioned that the Czepyha’s worked with The Scout Association as Peace Corp volunteers during 1986 to 1988 and were responsible for the drafting, editing and printing of the first handbook for the Scouts of Belize, a handbook which is still in use. They also introduced the 250 Club and Sustaining Membership Enrollment Program currently in use by the Association to raise funds to support our ongoing program and training activities.

Since 1986 they have been returning to Belize almost yearly and have invested heavily on replacing the rafters and roofs of all ten cabañas at Camp Oakley. Not only with money but with their labor as well, and this is commendable.

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Thank you Chester and Claire, for your true love and friendship with the Scouts of Belize.