Smokey Timbers Foundation

A nonprofit organization

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Help maintain the future of this exciting youth group and family organization environmental education resource.


The original Camp was established in 1958 when a family gifted 21.3 acres with approximately 550 feet of shoreline on Lake Miltona to the Girl Scouts. It was the vision that the property should forever be a camp for youth. The Girl Scouts operated the camp for over 45 years, but allowed it to fall into considerable disrepair, and usage diminished.  

WesMin Resource Conservation & Development Council adopted the camp to help make needed renovations. Despite progress, the Girl Scouts put the camp up for sale in 2003. People became very alarmed over this decision. It was an affront to the vision and this land, as a resource for area youth and the environment, could be lost forever. WesMin led a campaign to raise funds to purchase the camp and preserve it.  Donations were solicited, fundraisers were held, and goods were collected and sold to raise cash.  A financing package was finally put together that made it possible to purchase the camp for $566,000. The package included personal, corporate and organizational contributions, as well as a $155,000 debt.

Thanks to the generosity and hard work of many committed people, Smokey Timbers is now a rustic, environmentally focused camp that caters to all sorts of youth organizations and family groups. Programming and usage goals include environmental awareness and education.  

WesMin’s underlying intent was to assist and guide local residents through securing the purchase, establishing a leadership group to organize and operate the camp and, finally, forming an independent entity, a Foundation, to assume ownership and complete responsibility for the camp and its obligations.  Under their ownership, day-to-day direction and operation of the camp was the responsibility of a dedicated Board of Directors that ultimately became the Foundation.  Funding for operation of the camp was made possible through a combination of the modest user fees charged, contributions, and very generous donations of materials and services by friends of the camp – businesses, organizations, and individuals. Experience has demonstrated that routine operational and maintenance expenses are very manageable through the typical flow of resources. Debt retirement, facility improvement and visionary programming, however, requires significantly more aggressive effort.

The Foundation became a reality and transfer of ownership took place on 8/3/09 and the debt was eliminated in 2018.   A number of exciting initiatives have been completed– facility improvement, programming alternatives, etc.   Smokey Timbers Camp is a “gem-like” asset for the Alexandria and West Central Minnesota area. Recent improvements are a year around restroom/shower building, insulation and heat in the bunkhouse, two yurts, a camper cabin and storage garage are under construction. All improvement projects have been accomplished with funds from generous donors, Friends of the Camp!

 

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Smokey Timbers Foundation

Tax id (EIN)

26-2029888

Categories

Environment Science, Tech & Business Children & Family Volunteer

Address

15567 Smokey Timbers Road NW
Miltona, MN 56354

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