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Demolition work begins at Camp Osborn

Crews began demolition on camp buildings earlier this week, including to this first aid building. / Mary Green

Camp Osborn, the Boy Scout Camp in Worth County, suffered heavy damages after being hit by both the Jan. 2 and Jan. 22 storms, and Camp Ranger Eric Ginter said their recovery has been a long, day-by-day process.

That process continued this week as crews began demolition on camp buildings.

Some structures were able to get by with a new roof or windows, but 13 of the camp's 56 structures will have to be completely torn down, Ginter said, including the first aid station and the handicraft building.

One of the camp's biggest losses was to its trees. Ginter said before the storm, they had about 850 acres of trees, but now, fewer than 120 acres remain.

But that hasn't stopped the Boy Scouts from visiting Camp Osborn.

"We did have a small group of our older youth come out this last weekend to help remove some items out of buildings that are going to be removed, and we're working on future work projects, so hopefully here in the next month or so, we'll be able to get other groups out here again," he said.

Ginter said they hope to start their reforestation process during the upcoming planting season at the beginning of 2018.

They're also working to keep former campers up to date on the camp's progress.

Both the "Rebuilding Camp Osborn Together" Facebook page and a Go Fund Me site are currently active to provide updates, photos and links about storm recovering.

"You would be surprised," Ginter said. "We've had hundreds of folks reach out to us, which is very heartwarming."


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