Camp Cornhusker to Welcome First Round of Campers This Week

(June 6, 2016)  The Cornhusker Council, Boy Scouts of America Safe Room and Education Center in southeastern Richardson County is hosting its first guests—250+ Boy Scouts—this week for a summer camp. This marks the beginning of a season packed full of activities and hands-on education about energy conservation.

The new 5,000-square-foot building located 10 miles south of Humboldt is pursuing LEED certification and was designed to be Net-Zero. It will primarily host Boy Scout camps for fifth grades through 12th grades, but is also open to the public for events such as retreats and workshops with a capacity of 200.

The design services were donated by HDR. We also helped with grant-writing and fundraising, which led to large contributions from Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET), as well as a gift from the Glenn H. Korff Foundation.

Not only was the Cornhusker Council's former meeting space unequipped to operate year-round, but there was no tornado shelter to speak of. As a result, the primary goal for the new Safe Room and Education Center was to provide a tornado shelter. Another goal was to provide hands-on education for the Boy Scout troops hosting camps there.

HDR's Matthew Kuhn, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, was the lead architect and project manager, but the project meant a lot to him personally, too.

"Both my son and I are Eagle Scouts, and Boy Scouts helped shape the person that I am and how I approach life and my career," he says. "I didn't do many sports when I was a kid—I did Scouts. I hope my son learned the same leadership skills from Boy Scouts that I did."

Read more about the building's sustainable features and unique amenities by reading Matthew's blog.

Let the memories begin.