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Reward offered in arson at Boy Scout Camp

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By Robin Smiley

A Boy Scout Troop 60 committee decided at a meeting on Monday, May 6, not to replace the cabin at the Boy Scout Camp Merrimac located on Infirmary Road which was lost in a fire on Tuesday, April 30. 

The building was used only to store the Scouts’ camping supplies because of extensive vandalism on the property over the past few years, said Jim  Swinford, former Scout leader.

The Kentucky State Arson Task Force has issued a $1,000 reward for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of an arsonist. Anyone with information may call 1-800-27-ARSON.

Swinford said donations are being accepted. Checks should be made to Cynthiana First United Methodist Church (Boy Scout Troop 60).

For more information on making donations call Bill Brogli, Scout master, at 859-519-6946 or Jim Sowder, committee chairman, at 859-234-2567.

Items lost in the fire were: Ropes, lanterns, camping stoves, fuel tank hoses and adapters, toaster, griddle, small L.P. tanks, skillets, kettle pans, torches, wicks and oil, kitchen supplies, games, hoses, bows and arrows, eight totes full of camping supplies and approximately 50 flags.

 The cabin was built around 1965-66 and Wilbur Bell served as Harrison County’s first Scout master.