Five electricians from the Bayhealth healthcare system recently donated their time − and energy − to helping provide electrical connections at the Akridge Scout Reservation and Council Service Area near Wyoming.
Bayhealth Plant Operations Supervisor Andy Strouse volunteered his electrical skills for the project and organized four others, Master Electrician Michael Walls, Electricians Mike Strickler, Kevin White and John Wiley, to help.
The men installed electrical panels in three open-air pavilions; their work will provide lighting and power for the pavilions, thus eliminating the need for generators and large numbers of extension cords. The pavilions provide more than 10,000 square feet of space that can be used for gatherings, picnics and other activities.
The Akridge reservation takes up 85 acres of the former 200-acre Kesselring Farm on Baden Powell Way, off Webb's Lane, north of Wyoming. In addition to the pavilions, it is home to the Scout Service Center for all of Delmarva, and features two large campsites, a nature lodge and an eight-acre manmade lake.
Akridge supplements the 1,880-acre Henson Scout Reservation on the Nanticoke River in Rhodesdale, Md., and the Rodney Scout Reservation, a 900-acre site near North East, Md.
Strouse, an Eagle Scout who worked at Henson in the 1970s, jumped at the chance to help at Akridge.
"This is a wonderful chance for us to work together with a great community partner," he said. "I know this facility will have a huge impact on the Boy Scouts and the Dover area."
The Akridge facility offers a variety of summer camps, outdoor recreation events and training programs for Scouts and other community organizations.
The work of the men from Bayhealth has helped improve Adkridge for all who plan to use it, said Travis McCormick, Del-Mar-Va Council Program Director for the Area 2 Two Bays District, which includes Kent County, Del., Kent County, Md., and part of Queen Anne's County, Md.
"We want to partner with the community as much as possible," McCormick said. "We've already brought lots of people out here and we're excited to share the space and involve others in our programming."
To learn more about Scouting on Delmarva and the Akridge Scout Reservation, visit www.delmarvacouncil.org.