Sam Houston Area Council Hosts Private Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Recognition of the Grand Opening of Camp Strake’s New Location

By: Kirsten Darnell
| Published 11/13/2020

Sam Houston Area Council

COLDSPRING, TX -- The Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America is excited to announce the opening of the new Camp Strake location, a 2,806-acre rural site surrounded by the Sam Houston National Forest and located outside Coldspring, Texas in San Jacinto County.

The new, state-of-the-art campsite creates a local launching pad for future leaders hosted five generations of the Strake family, the Tsuru family and select Sam Houston Area Council executives, chair and board members for a private ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

• Howard T. Tellepsen Jr. welcomed family members to the ceremony to officially dedicate the grand opening of Camp Strake’s new location.

• Clay C. Williams led the group in the pledge of allegiance followed by the Camp Strake Grace.

• Stephen D. and George W. Strake, Jr. joined the podium together to share memories of
• George W. Strake, Sr. and how proud he would be of the new Camp Strake.

• Frank D. Tsuru, an Eagle Scout, shared his experience in scouting and how it helped shape him into the person he is today.

• Howard T. Tellepsen, Jr. shared the history and growth of the Scouts and its camps.

• Father Jeff Johnson led the benediction. The ribbon cutting ceremony followed with all family members joining to officially open Camp Strake. The group toured the grounds following the ceremony.

The mission of the highly anticipated new site, which includes 150,000 square feet of facilities, is to create a place with purpose and a 21st century Scouting experience while carrying on the rich history and memories of the camp.

The camp is expected to have a phenomenal impact on the youth in our community and beyond. Camp Strake will forever be a tribute, world class and completely transformational not only for Texas but for the United States of America.

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