Programs: The Alexander A. Vervaert Camping Grant
Each year the Key Foundation Inc. provides program enhancement grants for Boy & Cub Scout Summer Camps. These grants are available to all Scouting camps accredited by The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Grants are limited to $1,000 and should be used to expand existing programs areas or to introduce new program aspects to camp.
To ensure that proposed projects fit within the strategic plan of both your camp and council, The Key Foundation asks that the following people are aware of and have approved the project: Scout Executive or designee, Camping Committee Chairman, and the Camp Director.
Applications must be submitted by Monday April 24, 2017. Successful applicants must take possession of the funds by July 15, 2017. A final report of the project, including pictures of use are due September 9, 2017. Payments will be made directly to the Scout Council.
Projects that have multiple funding sources are also considered. Grants are typically limited to $1,000 per camp. Council's with multiple camps or camp programs can apply for each camp. However each application will be considered on its merits.2017 Alexander A. Vervaert Camping Grant Appliction Link
Alexander A. Vervaert was a Scout in the Greater Lowell Council in the 1930‘s. In 1937, he was a camper at the first season of Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation. Later he served on the Reservation Staff. After service in the US Army Air Corps during World War II he returned to Scouting and the Reservation. As an adult Scouter he served as District Chairman, Council Commissioner, served as a member of the Council‘s Executive Board for almost 40 years.
He was the "Grand Sachem" of the Wah-Tut-Ca Braves, a forerunner of the Order of the Arrow in the Greater Lowell Council. In 1951 he chartered a new OA Lodge, number 451, which he would name, "Wannalancit", after the last Bashaba of the Pennacooks who lived in Greater Lowell.
Alex‘s first love in Scouting was Wah-Tut-Ca. He served the Reservation in many capacities. From the end of World War II, until his death in 1991, virtually every building at the reservation, was a product of his handy work.
Alex had a powerful theatrical voice, which he used to effect in the promotion of Scouting and the Reservation. Early camp promotional films presented by the Wah-Tut-Ca Braves and Wannalancit Lodge were narrated with the passionate voice. His Vigil Honor name is translated as, "Scholar with the Big Voice". As he grew older his long white hair, carefully groomed, gave way to the name "The Silver Fox" as his friends and brothers knew him.
In 1987, the 50th Anniversary of Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation, Alex served as "co-chair" of the yearlong celebration. He developed two historical documents, "The History of Greater Lowell Scouting" and "The Wah-Tut-Ca Scrap book", he also collaborated and provided significant insight and support to the summer camp history, "Glow The Brighter" written by Brian J. Lobao.
In 1991, 40 years after he founded Wannalancit Lodge, Alexander A. Vervaert died at Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation, paintbrush in hand. A fitting end to a humble son and father.
The Key Foundation named it‘s camping grant after a man who provided opportunity and program to thousands of young people. It is in recognition of his contributions and to perpetuate his spirit that this grant is made available.