Little Sioux Scout Ranch
Little Sioux, Iowa
9/11 Anniversary 2009
September 3 – 6, 2009
“It means healing, and it means looking to the future. It’s a very good thing for me to be able to say, ‘Yeah, I was here, and I was able to build this chapel. This chapel has helped me to come to terms with what happened.’” – Boy Scout Christian Long, who lost his friends in the deadly tornado.
On June 11, 2008 an F3 tornado tore through the Little Sioux Scout Camp northeast of Omaha, NE killing four young Boy Scouts and injuring dozens participating in a leadership training weekend.
On the 9/11 Anniversary 2009, 1200 volunteers from The New York Says Thank You Foundation consisting of FDNY firefighters including survivors of the World Trade Center attacks, hundreds of local first responders, and as many as 200 disaster survivors from around the country worked in partnership with The Mid-America Council of Boy Scouts of America to rebuild the camp and erect a Chapel on the foundation of the structure where the four boys were lost. This very special Chapel was built using timbers salvaged from the tornado, literally transforming the devastation into something full of Hope.