BAILEY, N.C. – On Saturday, Oct. 18th, the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will dedicate the new $100,000 Nick Boddie Aquatic Center located at Camp Charles on Charles Lake near here. The new center includes kayaks, canoes and rowboats and a new pier available for both individuals, community groups and Scout groups.
Following the noon dedication, Boddie-Noell Enterprise will sponsor a free lunch for all who attend the dedication. The center is being named in memory of the late Nicholas B. Boddie, Jr. one of the co-founders of Boddie-Noell Enterprises. An Eagle Scout and past president of the East Carolina Council, Nick Boddie attended camp at Camp Charles as a youth member. In 2009, he made a generous donation to repair the dam which saved the lake from draining.
The new facility’s primary purpose is to provide boating activities to Cub Scout-age youth. Cub Scouts can participate in boating activities only on non-flowing water. Camp Charles is the only facility of the council’s six properties that has a quiet water lake. The center also offer kayaking and canoeing which are primarily Boy Scout and Venture Crew activities. The camp, which has about 2,500 visitors annually, is expected to increase by 50 percent in the next year because of this new facility.
The East Carolina Council, BSA, with offices in Kinston, serves over 10,000 youth annually in 20 counties through 3,000 volunteers under the guidance of 19 full-time employees. For more information about using Camp Charles or Scouting call 252-522-1521 or go to www.eccbsa.org.
For more information contact:
H. Ray Franks