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Campfire Circle Renovations



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Cheers, Songs, Skits, & Standing Ovations.
Cub Scouts Open New
Don Bailey Campfire Circle In Style

Over 170 Cub Scouts along with their parents, leaders, Juniata Valley Council Executive Board Members, camp and council office staff led multiple standing ovations, gave hugs, and thanked Mrs. Donald (Doreen) Bailey for the campfire renovations Friday June 26 at the Opening Campfire in the newly renvated Don Bailey Campfire Circle at Seven Mountains Scout Camp, which was done in tribute to her late husband Don. 

View the updated Photo Album that incliudes more photos from the Opening Campfire (toward the bottom of the album)

John Geibel, Cynthia and
 Fred McKinley, Mrs. Doreen Bailey and Kathy Bobeck chat after the Opening Campfire


Above Photos -- Left--Cub Scouts and familes gather for the Opening Campfire.  Right -- Mrs Bailey talks to Council President Wes Miller and his wife Donna.

Photos in Right Column --  Cub Scouts preform a skit for the Opening Campfire and Facilities Manager Charlie Harklerode, Mrs Bailey and Scout Executive Jim Kennedy.

Thank you to Charlie Harklerode and all volunteers (and camp staff) who gave so much of their time and talent to make this memorial a reality!


Cheers, Songs, Skits, & Standing Ovations. 
Cub Scouts Open New Don Bailey Campfire Circle In Style

Tiger Cub Mark & Mrs Bailey

Over 170 Cub Scouts along with their parents, leaders, Juniata Valley Council Executive Board Members, camp and council office staff led multiple standing ovations, gave hugs, and thanked Mrs. Donald (Doreen) Bailey for the campfire renovations Friday June 26 at the Opening Campfire in the newly renovated Don Bailey Campfire Circle at Seven Mountains Scout Camp, which was done in tribute to her late husband Don.

Mrs Bailey & John Kriner

Scout Executive Jim Kennedy opened the Campfire with background information on Don Bailey who had served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 31, gave leadership to 21  young men achieving Eagle Scout and served as Council President of the Juniata Valley Council.

Those in attendance rose ti their feet as Council President Wes Miller and Council Commissioner Ron Forsythe escorted Mrs Bailey to the base of the circle where Jim Kennedy spoke of the renovations

Alex Toldi puts finishing touches on seating

Following those comments the crowd rose in applause again.  Mrs Bailey spoke to the crowd about the impact of the Scouting program and the love Don had for the program and her appreciation.  As she was escorted back to her seat the crowd gave another applause of thanks.

Following recognition of Camp Director Jane Mitch, Program Director Brenda Walters, and Staff Adviser Dave Counsil by Wes Miller and Ron Forsythe, Jane Mitch got the fun started with a line up of Cub Scouts Singing, dancing, preforming skits, giving the Bailey Campfire Circle an exciting start.

In addition to enjoying the campfire program, Mrs Bailey walked the upper row taking pictures of the Scouts' performances.

Following the program she received hugs from Scouts thanking her for the renovations, hand shakes and thank yous from parents, leaders, Scouts, friends, and those she never met until that moment that were heartfelt. 

Charlie Harklerode &
Mrs Bailey

This project could not have been possible without the financial gifts from Mrs Bailey and her children Donald and Debbie, along with more than 20 friends of the Baileys.  Thank You also to Vice President of Finance Kathy Bobeck for her assistance.

Besides the financial gifts, the efforts and leadership of JVC Facilities Manager Charlie Harklerode who worked three solid weeks on the project including layout volunteer recruitment and more.  This project could not have been completed with out Charlie's vision and commitment.  Thank You Charlie!.

Kathy Bobeck & Mrs Bailey

Also thank you to Alex Toldi, Dave and Jane Mitch, Larry Miller, Jerry Toldi, Dave Dunklebarger,  Monaken Lodge OA, SCI Rockview Community Work Program, Dr. Bud Barnish, Eric Mitch, Ethan Kibe, Don from Experience Works, our summer workers Chris, Courtney, and Pam, and our Summer Camp Staff.  Thank you to these businesses for their support Lezzer Lumber, Penelec, Moon Brothers Landscaping, Kevin Lindsey Concrete Design, A complete list of volunteers will be listed soon.

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May 29, 2009 -- Scout Executive Jim Kennedy and Vice President of FInance Kathy Bobeck have announced that through the generous support of the Donald Bailey Family, along with many friends of the late Donald W. Bailey, renovations will take place at the Campfire Circle at Seven Mountains Scout Camp.  Expected completion date is June 24, 2009.

Renovations will include all new seating, placement of a center aisle, new steps, handrails, and upper row bench seating.  In addition, a cement pad will be installed along with ramping for those visitors who use wheelchairs.  Lighting improvements will also be made to the Campfire Circle.

According to Scout Executive Jim Kennedy "I am extremely excited that Mrs. Bailey and her family have chosen to memorialize Don this way.  It is a tribute to Don, his belief and love of the Scouting program and a focal point where so many memories are created for our Scouts.  Listening to Mrs Bailey and her son Don, Kathy Bobeck and I could not help but feel the excitement they had in sharing Don's life with thousands who will enjoy campfires for years to come in a place he had so many fond memories.  This is a project we have wanted to complete for a couple of years and this gift will make it possible to happen before we open camp for 2009.  Don was a true Scout who exemplified the Scout Oath and Law in his everyday life and always had a smile and word of encouragement for all. "

Thank you Doreen Bailey, her children Don and Debbie and those whose generous gifts made in his memory will benefit our council and camp.

A dedication date will be announced soon.

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About Don Bailey

Donald Wayne Bailey March 30, 1925 - January 2, 2009  Born in Philipsburg, he was a son of the late Donald W. and Claire Morder Bailey. On April 26, 1952, in Baltimore, he married Doreen M. Middlebrook, who survives at home.

He was a 1942 graduate of Clearfield High School and graduated from Parks College, St. Louis, Ill. with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering.

During World War II, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Naval Air Corps from 1944 to 1946. He was a senior mechanical engineer with Bendix Aviation Co., Baltimore, and York, from 1950 to 1963. He was a senior mechanical engineer with H.R.B. Systems, State College (now Raytheon Systems Co.) from 1963 to 1971 and from 1982 until his retirement in 1990. He was a research assistant at the Applied Research Laboratory, Penn State, from 1971 to 1982.

He was an active and supportive member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in State College, from 1963 until his passing. He was a life member of White Rose Lodge Number 706 of York, and a member of Lodge Number 700 of State College, and the York Rite Free and Accepted Masons. He received his 50-year Masonic Service Emblem in 2005. He was also a life member of Royal Arch Masons, Bellefonte Chapter 241; a life member of Bellefonte Constants Commandery Number 33 K.T.; and a Consistory member of the Valley of Williamsport, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. His enthusiasm for and dedication to scouting is well known. He gave generously of his time and talents throughout the Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Bailey, who served as scoutmaster of Troop 31, State College from 1966 to 1972. During his leadership 19 boys achieved the Eagle Scout Award and 20 boys earned the God and Country Award. He also served as chairman of the Troop Committee and as Unit Commissioner for Troop 31 and Cub Pack 31. He served the Nittany Mountain District, scout roundtable commissioner, camporee chief, camping chairman, and as district chairman from 1980 to 1985. He served as council president of the Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America from 1989 to 1991. Prior to that he had served on the training committee, the council nominating committee, as membership chairman, as vice president of program, as strategic planning committee chairman. He also served as a member of the Executive Board from 1978 until his passing in January 2009 and was a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a Wood Badge recipient and served as wood badge assistant course director from 1980 to 1982. He was a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award; the Nittany Mountain District Award of Merit, Boy Scouts of America; the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award and The Torch Award of the United Methodist Church..

His interests included sharing activities and travels with his wife, pride in his family, a lifelong dedication to scouting, woodworking, building dollhouses, model railroading, and gardening. Several years ago Don received a bamboo plant, which he enjoyed watching grow. Bamboo is strong, it bends but does not break. His friends would agree Don possessed those same qualities.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Rev. Donald W. Bailey Jr. and his wife, Carla, of Colona, Ill.; a daughter, Debbie B. Pierson and her husband, Steven, of McHenry, Ill.; grandchildren Meagan and Marisa Bailey, Miranda B. and Robert Rubinate, Marilou P. and Jerrod Niggeman, and Jim Pierson, all of Illinois; and sister-in-law, E. Jeanne Middlebrook of Toronto, Canada. He is survived also by nephews David Yocum, of Clearfield, the Rev. Dr. Dennis Yocum, of Mt. Airy, Md., Robert G. Yocum, of Harrisburg; a niece, Cathy Y. Doremus, of Lititz, and their families. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Bailey Yocum, of Clearfield. He was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery, Curwensville, where Donald was the fifth generation of the Bailey family to be interred.

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Thank You to the Following for Their Generous Gifts Made in Don's Memory Which Are Supporting This Project

Memorial Gifts may still be made in Don's memory to the Juniata Valley Council, B.S.A., 9 Taylor Drive, Reedsville, PA 17084 or to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 109 McAllister St., State College, PA 16801.

Mrs. Donald (Doreen) Bailey, Donald, Debbie and their Families

William & Carole Batcheler 

Paul Bell   

Rebecca Berg 

Kathy Bobeck

Ed & Dorothy Buss

Galen Dreibelbis 

Martin & Kimberly Dreibelbis

Robert Flipse

Thomas Fonda

Nancy & Dick Gordon 

Oliver & Sally Goodman

 Thomas & Denise Goodman

Bruce Grinder

Robert Hall

William & Beverly Hickey

Larry & Phyllis High 

Jim Kennedy

John & Betta Kriner

Nelson & Brenda Loftus

David Maneval  

Jean Miller

Joseph & Mary Montler

Lloyd Niemann 

Oak Pointe Condominium Association 

The Pierson Family 

Roger & Sandra Rauch  

William & Betty Rininger  

Carl & Linda Rosensteel

Morris & Helen Schroeder

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Spicer Jr

Thomas Songer II 

Walter & Suzanne
Weaver III  

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Progress Photos

"Before Photo" May 29, 2009

"Before Photo" May 29, 2009

Steps into the Campfire Circle dug out - June 1, 2009

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If you have a question, comment or suggestions, please E-mail:  Jim Kennedy

Juniata Valley Council, BSA, 9 Taylor Drive, Reedsville PA 17084  (717) 667-9236(voice)  717-667-9798 (fax)