by Vicki Wood
It’s a busy month at Camp Hohn on Route RA in Laurie. Campers by the dozens Wednesday, July 14 are being registered and, at the same time, others are checking out. Groups of boys and girls from as far away as Pennsylvania and New York arrived for a week of camp, learning, and fun. Campers sleep in tents, and counselors get the cabins.
The big lodge boasts a pool designed for training in not only first aid, but scuba classes.
The blacksmith shop has Scouts cranking out metal landscaping hooks at high temperatures on a sweltering July afternoon.
The wood shop is new and state-of-the-art with a saw that takes up one quarter of the building and enough Dewalt tools to outfit a construction company. All of the tools are neatly organized on the walls and Camp Director Dennis Kerns is quite proud of the ability of the new saw to handle even a tough polymer board.
The shop is used to construct and design most of the creations on the property, with the routing capabilities visible in the attractive cutouts scattered throughout the campgrounds. One piece proudly displayed at the main lodge is an etched map of Lake of the Ozarks.
A group of boys and girls study car mechanics near the woodshop and, in a nearby building, a tour is given of the graphics and printing facility. A college counselor showed off the oversized banner and vinyl printer that measured 10 feet long. Two 3D printers give campers the ability to custom design toys, cups, desktop organizers, and games.
Groundwork is currently being laid for a new auto mechanics and body shop which will be available to campers next summer.
To be able to participate in the skilled arts at Camp Hohn, the camper must be 14 years old. Many life skills are being taught at the camp this summer, along with campfire stories, and weenie roasts.
Campers prepare their own meals, another part of the life training. The only meals served out of the camp kitchen are to staff and counselors. Camp Director Kerns says that the Camp Hohn location is the premier Scout camp nationwide, since all the new facilities and programs were added, and many groups come from states at quite a distance to travel to use the camp rather than ones closer to their homes. The cost per camper is $300 for the week, but considering the technical training they are receiving, it’s worth it.