Knob Lick, MO – For the second year in a row, volunteers with the Electrical Connection have lent a helping hand to the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America’s S Bar F Scout Ranch near Farmington, Mo. The camp has served generations of scouts throughout eastern Missouri for more than 50 years.
On May 18, about 30 volunteers from IBEW Local 1 and seven electrical contractor members of the St. Louis Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) donated services to repair and improve electrical systems at the ranch. Many of those who helped are IBEW members who have dedicated countless hours as scoutmasters, like Ken Edgar. Edgar is a fourth-generation IBEW electrician.
“Two of my kids have been in the Boy Scouts and we have thoroughly enjoyed the experience at the S Bar F ranch,” Edgar said. “We want to make it an even better experience for the next generation of scouts.”
Improvements were made to five different camps on the 5,200-acre site to bring them up to 21st century standards, including:
- General electrical infrastructure, including fiber optics improvements and better flood lighting.
- Improving lighting in pavilions and three-sided bunk bed buildings.
- Upgrading electrical and lighting needs for the Swift Base Camp, where the Boy Scout staff stays.
- Improving electrical systems to the Healthcare Lodge.
“The Electrical Connection members are setting a great example for our scouts by their service to the community,” said Anthony Fouts, director of camping services for the Boy Scouts.
“Our members were eager to help and ensured that all wiring and installations met the standards of the National Electrical Code,” said Lee Asher, IBEW Local 1 business representative.
Among the NECA contractors that donated service trucks and tools to complete the work were Aschinger Electric Co.; Bell Electrical; RJP Electric, LLC; Sachs Electric Co; Schaeffer Electric, TriStar Electric and Warren County Electric, LLC.
IBEW/NECA partner to form the Electrical Connection, now celebrating its 26th anniversary. Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. For more information, visit electricalconnection.org.