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Camp Gerber dining hall collapse

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  • redhedmary
    On Christmas Eve the main dining hall at Camp Gerber near Fremont, Michigan, the Boy Scout camp for the Gerald R. Ford Council, suffered a major structural
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 26, 2008
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      On Christmas Eve the main dining hall at Camp Gerber near Fremont,
      Michigan, the Boy Scout camp for the Gerald R. Ford Council, suffered a
      major structural collapse. The force of the collapse blew out three of
      the four walls, leaving only the wall next to the kitchen (which
      remains intact). The dining hall had a capacity of 480 and with the
      camp getting close to capacity (2100 Scouts per summer), a new
      structure would likely need to be built to a bigger capacity. First,
      this should be a warning to businesses, charities - everybody - that
      the weight of snow and ice on roofs, especially flat roofs is critical
      right now. With the potential for heavy rain on Saturday - it should
      motivate many of you to get up there and at least check your roof and
      if there is a sizeable quantity of snow, to clear that snow and make
      sure the rain can drain off the roof. Second, the building was insured
      and will be rebuilt bigger and better before this summer's camping
      season. If you would like to make a contribution toward the new
      building, you may call (616) 785-2662 or send a tax deductable
      contribution to Gerald R. Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America, 3213
      Walker, NW, Walker, MI 49544.
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