This Big Island purchase of approx. 110-acres culminated 20-plus years of efforts by SLIA and Joe Costello (former SLIA president) to acquire the Big island, to keep it in its natural state and from being commercially developed. Hal Schafer & Hal's Pals, local volunteers cleaned the island of dangerous debris and created safe walking paths that were finished in 2011.
The Grand Opening of Camp Big Island was in the Spring 2012 and it continues to
welcome visitors and residents daily via installed boat docks. Visitors and residents can arrive by water, explore the Island trails, and experience the beauty of the nature.
THANK YOU TO THOSE DEDICATED TO SYLVAN
Only through the passionate efforts of former President Joe Costello, Hal Schafer & Hal's Pals and countless local volunteers, Boy Scout Island (The Big Island) was restored to its natural beauty for generations to come. Come visit!
Our wonderful story
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Nature walking trails
Pavilion for shelter
"It's nature preserved for all to see."
~ Hal Schafer, Hal's Pals & Volunteers
"To Joe, with congratulations on a great achievement. This is a remarkable story, that I plan to tell others. It’s a real role model for the state of Indiana.”
--Former Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels
Tons of scrap metal was removed by Hal Schafer & Hal's Pals volunteers in effort to make the island a safer place for visitors. Your efforts were invaluable.
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