Jet Potter Ground-breaking
The 1972 Capital Development Campaign was a big one. It was not only responsible for Camp Craig, but the Health Lodge, the cabins at Murrey (now CubWorld), the program directors’ cabins, and improvements at Rock Island and the Narrows. It was also responsible for the construction of the Jet Potter Center.
A new Scout Center had been under discussion for quite some time. At least as early as 1966, Akers and the Executive Board were discussing the idea and looking for land to build it. The current site was purchased in January 1967. The land was fairly cheap, but the land was not the office and that was going to require a larger chunk of money. Hence, the Council office became part of the Capital Campaign in 1972.
By 1975, everything was in place. The property was purchased, plans were made (and rejected), and a contractor hired. And then, finally, on Friday, May 29, 1975, ground breaking ceremonies were held.
Seen here is a photo from those festivities. From left to right are Council President C. A. “Neil” Craig, son of Edwin W. Craig, Webb Follin, Jr., Chair of the New Scout Service Center Committee, Anne Potter Wilson, daughter of Jet Potter, and, of course, Council Executive Ward Akers. Anne and her husband David Wilson ran the Jet Potter Foundation, the major contributor to the Scout Center.