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Just three months later, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Snyder's troop leader ed the military. But Snyder never lost his admiration for the Scouts and their dedication to instilling good values in young men. He later encouraged his son to the organization and served on the Scout council board in the Washington, D. Snyder, a sprawling acre retreat in Haymarket, Va. To Snyder, 76, a former Geico chairman who now lives in St.
Petersburg, it's the culmination of more than 10 years of work. It's also his way of helping to preserve the way of life embodied by the Scouts. Snyder and his wife, Sally, live in a penthouse at the Vinoy Place with sunny yellow walls and a sweeping view of Tampa Bay. The couple was introduced to the area by their daughter, who moved to Clearwater many years ago.
They began living in St. Petersburg in Snyder still has strong ties to the D. He plans to be at the camp on its opening day. For years, the National Capital Area Council had searched for a parcel of land closer to the area it served: Washington, D. The only available camp was in Goshen, Va.
Like Pinellas County, northern Virginia suffers from a dramatic shortage of vacant land. And what is available is very, very expensive. But Snyder, a longtime member of the council's board, and the council's executive, Ron Carroll, kept searching. It was very, very discouraging.
Inthe Walt Disney Co. The 3,acre park, called "Disney's America", would be located just a few miles away from real historic attractions, such as Manassas National Battlefield Park. But the controversy worked in the Boy Scouts' favor. Carroll had served as a Scout executive in Orlando before moving to Washington and had many contacts at Disney.
He let it be known the Scouts were interested in the land. It was Snyder who secured the money for the project.
He said he was one of about 10 people who paid for the land. Snyder was used to high-pressure situations. After graduating, he began working forTravelers insurance, where he stayed for 22 years. The younger Snyder was active in Scouts until age The elder Snyder didn't get involved again until he moved to Washington, where he was invited to the National Capital Area's board.
Snyder's only regret: Carroll, the Boy Scout executive, didn't live to see the opening of the camp. He died last year of brain cancer at age The council's aim was to construct a more modern facility that would appeal to campers of all ages - and their parents.
The camp is one of the most expensive Scouting construction projects in the nation, Lambert said. It is also one of the few camps to focus on Cub Scouts as well as Boy Scouts. The Cub Scout camp, called Cub World, features a wooden pirate ship, an American Indian village, a fort and a space port. Snyder said he's excited to see the opening of the camp. But he called the decision to name it for him "ridiculous.
Still, he's happy to finally see a camp near Washington. The National Capital Area Council serves more than 85, Scouts and 25, adult volunteers, many of whom live in urban areas where trees and grass are scarce. Subscribe Manage my subscription Activate my subscription Log in Log out.
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