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Local Boy Scouts work to clean up camp following storm

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Posted at 6:28 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 18:28:42-04

Seven months after a storm hit Camp Long Lake in St. Cloud, Wis., local Boy Scouts Of America are still looking for volunteers to get the camp cleaned up.

For months, Camp Long Lake was deemed unsafe but now it’s time for cleanup.

Mike Urbanek is the program director for Boy Scouts of America’s Potawatomi Area Council in Waukesha County.

“Less than five minutes we kept hearing trees falling because they were snapped in half," said Urbanek. "We watched another tree in our parking lot fall over."

Because of the fallen trees and damaged buildings, Camp Long Lake was deemed unsafe for scouts until major issues could be fixed.

Staff and volunteers have been working on the camp for months since it was declared safe in January. However, they still need more help.

“Our staff and volunteers are being prepared for camp when it opens,” Urbanek said.

Jim Murray works with BSA and also volunteers to help.

“There’s a lot of camaraderie when we get together and strive for a common purpose,” he said.

So they’re out every weekend cleaning and raking.

“Knowing that we have thousands of scouts come through at anytime, you want to make sure we have this to share with them,” Urbanek said.

If you’re ready to get to work and want to volunteer you can visit the Boy Scouts of America Potawatomi Council's website. There are volunteer weekends all spring.