HARRISONVILLE, Pa. - A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for a $1.3 million expansion of the dining hall at Camp Sinoquipe in Fulton County that is expected to be completed by March 2009, according to Don Shepard, an executive with the Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Operated by the council since 1946, Camp Sinoquipe averages more than 4,500 camper nights during July and August and thousands more through the rest of the year. The dining hall, however, can only accommodate about 200 people, along with seating for another 100 under temporary shelters outside.
In addition to the seating capacity being too small, the kitchen facilities are inadequate, there is no cooling system and no restrooms within a suitable distance.
Camp Sinoquipe is also used by the co-ed Venturing and Exploring programs, but there are no accommodations for women. The expansion and renovation of the dining hall will address those needs, as well as allowing the camp to host more Scouts and other groups throughout the year.