This year, most of the volunteers
arrived on Friday night and enjoyed a dinner of braised short ribs and chicken
marsala prepared by our own John Brown, a 27-year employee whose culinary
skills ensured our volunteers never left hungry. After a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning,
the building began. Our numbers were
down, but thanks to some timely process improvements by the camp staff, and
great teamwork by volunteers, 10 mini-dac structures were erected by the end of
For the past three years, we’ve
partnered with Stimson Lumber for the Build at Camp Clark. Stimson, one of the
oldest continually operating wood product companies in the Oregon, shares many
of the same values as our company and, as a lumber provider, is a natural
partner for this annual volunteer project.
Similarly, ESCO has a long tradition of
shared values and culture with the Boy Scouts. The connection goes back to
our founder's grandson, Hank Swigert, and his family. Hank has been a supporter of the Boy
Scouts and believes strongly in their mission, and the important role they play
in the formative years of youth in our community.
Boy Scouts perform a critical role in
our society. They teach young people how to make good decisions, to contribute
to society and how to be responsible. These traits are important to employees and reflect our company’s values. Many of our employees have
benefited from their involvement with the Scouts and many used the camps where
we volunteer when they were growing up.
The annual Boy Scouts Build brings
people together to create something that may not directly benefit them during
their lifetime, but that impacts society in a positive way. It reinforces our commitment
to operating as a socially responsible business. So, by helping to keep the camp
in good condition, we help ensure it will provide the same benefits that we have
enjoyed to future generations of children in Oregon.