John Harney, a member of the Middle Tennessee BSA Board of Directors, speaks at the dedication of the Ted and Gloria LaRoche Dining Hall. Hugh Travis, an executive of the council, and Mr. and Mrs. LaRoche stand near the entrance.
SPENCER, Tenn.–– Two hundred and twenty-five people attended May 3 ribbon-cutting and dedication services at the Latimer High Adventure Reservation in Tennessee.
“Only three BSA camps had been built in the last 20 years.” said Bill Latimer, primary philanthropist of the 1,550-acre camp on the Cumberland Plateau,112 miles from Nashville.
Dr. Timothy Tennent, president of Asbury Theological Seminary, spoke at the dedication of Trinity Chapel. Copies of the Scout edition of Strength for Service to God and Community were distributed during the dedication service.
Latimer purchased 10,000 copies for of the book for first responders as well as 10,000 New Testaments with Psalms to give to Scouts coming to the reservation.
Ribbon-cutting and dedication services were also conducted at the AWC Observatory and the Wade Travis Trust Cabin.
Bill Lattimer, and his wife, Carol, reside in Union City, Tenn., and have made significant financial gifts to several organizations including Lambuth University and Asbury Theological Seminary.
Latimer High Adventure Reservation is owned and operated by the Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America. The reservation provides youth with a new destination for high-energy, high-risk outdoor activities such as rappelling, spelunking, rock-climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, rafting, and canoeing.
Surrounded by more than 50,000 acres of public wilderness, the reservation is available to public and private organizations for church retreats, team building and other exercises.