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.
"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
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Nature walking trails
Pavilion for shelter
"It's nature preserved for all to see."
~ Hal Schafer, Hal's Pals & Volunteers
The Sylvan Lake Improvement Association(SLIA) purchased
"BOY SCOUT ISLAND", The Big Island, approximately 110-acres of land on the lake, for $1,250,000.
This Island purchase culminated 20-plus years of efforts by SLIA and Joe Costello (former SLIA president)
to acquire the island, to keep it in its natural state and from being commercially developed.
Hal Schafer & Hal's Pals 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. Arrive by water, explore the Island trails,
and experience the beauty of the nature.
Only through the passionate efforts of former President Joe Costello, Hal's Pals and public volunteers,
Boy Scout Island (The Big Island) was restored to its natural beauty for generations to come. Come visit!
2ND SUNDAY OF JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER.
Services start at 9:30 AM sharp. Complimentary boat shuttle service from Gene Stratton-Porter's Dock starting at 9 AM.
June 11, 2017 -
VINYARD CHRISTIAN Church
PASTOR STEVE HERENDEEN
July 9, 2017 -
WESTON STREET BIBLE CHURCH
PASTOR DAN LASH
August 13, 2017 -
WOLF LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PASTOR JIM TAYLOR
September 10, 2017 -
HILLTOP BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR LARRY ANGLEMYER
Sylvan Lake Indiana