Throughout society and culture all around the world, a bell has a multitude of symbolic meanings and purposes. Bells can symbolize beginnings and endings, a call to order, or even a command or a warning. At Our Camp Kern, the symbol of our bell encompasses all of these.
At the beginning and end of each week, we ring the bell to acknowledge the passage of time, a new group of Campers, and the beginning of the transitory generation. The bell-ringing tradition is more than just a routine gathering; it is an opportunity to recognize all the hard work that campers and staff put in every session.
Mother Nature was invited to ring the bell, with pride, to recognize the hard work and efforts of our firefighters and volunteers. This symbolized the end of an Era at Camp Kern and the start of Southern Sierra Council’s journey into the future.
Our Bell was not discouraged by the fire. When it was all said and done, it had gone through it all, it came out standing strong.
Dear Scouts, Scout Leaders, Volunteers and Supporters,
Despite all of the hopeful reports we have received in the days since the Creek Fire started over Labor Day weekend, it appears that Camp Kern has been devastated by the fire. After viewing the following link https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1933470ef8ea4c7e9cede56adf54efe1&extent=-13268395.0928%2C4472050.9546%2C-13267477.8484%2C4472462.4008%2C102100, the central part of camp, including the dining hall and other significant structures, have been significantly damaged or destroyed by the fire.
Once conditions in the area allow for us to make an in-person assessment, we will be able to provide more details as to what is a total loss and what can be salvaged. Falling trees are the likely cause of fire damage. Fortunately, our camp facilities are covered by insurance for fire, which will help greatly in restoration.
During this time of sadness and loss, please think about and share your favorite memories of Camp Kern with your Scouts, Scouting friends and family. Our camp has provided the Scouting outdoor adventure to countless numbers of young people and adults for over 80 years. We will need your encouraging thoughts and support to rebuild our camp going forward. We are thankful for the fire fighters and volunteers that are working so hard to spare damage and save lives.