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Project Title

Historical Survey of the Dan Beard Scout Reservation

Presenter Hometown

Warsaw

Major

Homeland Security and History

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Dr. Tyler Huffman

Mentor Department

Geosciences

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to act as a historical asset identification and survey of the Dan Beard Scout Reservation, a 423-acre property, serving Scouts in the Cincinnati area since 1919. In its 100 plus year history the camp has shifted operation on the property, leaving historical ruins behind in the woods. These ruins include what was, at the time it was built, the 2nd largest freshwater swimming pool in Ohio, the first two camp dining halls, a camp library, a water pumping system, a root cellar, and other camp-related facilities. Data was collected in the field using GPS after interviews and other research provided the approximant location of assets. After data collection, the project split into several final products. The first being a reference map for camp staff to use in future programs and visitors to the site to use in locating historical points of interest. A second map containing flood plain information that identifies ‘at risk’ assets for preservation consideration. With the modern camp situated a long the top of a ridge overlooking the historic Little Miami Valley, a third map set provides possible location viewing/overlook locations that can be developed for use. Overall, the field work and research serve to assist in the preservation and location of history.

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Historical Survey of the Dan Beard Scout Reservation

The purpose of this project is to act as a historical asset identification and survey of the Dan Beard Scout Reservation, a 423-acre property, serving Scouts in the Cincinnati area since 1919. In its 100 plus year history the camp has shifted operation on the property, leaving historical ruins behind in the woods. These ruins include what was, at the time it was built, the 2nd largest freshwater swimming pool in Ohio, the first two camp dining halls, a camp library, a water pumping system, a root cellar, and other camp-related facilities. Data was collected in the field using GPS after interviews and other research provided the approximant location of assets. After data collection, the project split into several final products. The first being a reference map for camp staff to use in future programs and visitors to the site to use in locating historical points of interest. A second map containing flood plain information that identifies ‘at risk’ assets for preservation consideration. With the modern camp situated a long the top of a ridge overlooking the historic Little Miami Valley, a third map set provides possible location viewing/overlook locations that can be developed for use. Overall, the field work and research serve to assist in the preservation and location of history.