Camp Pin Oak Lodge at Lake of the Ozarks State Park will be rebuilt after fire destroyed the historic building in September, 2010.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D), announced a partnership with State Fair Community College through a $1.5 million community development block grant with Pettis County that will fund the rebuilding project. The Missouri Department of Economic Development authorized the grant.
"When fire destroyed the historic dining lodge at Camp Pin Oak last September, I pledged that we would rebuild this important part of Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Today, we took another step closer to achieving that critical goal," Gov. Nixon said.
The Civilian Conservation Corps built Camp Pin Oak between 1934 and 1938. The camp served generations of youth groups. The dining lodge that burned is September was considered one of the best examples of a CCC project in Missouri.
"The new dining lodge will fit within the historical context of the CCC-era camp while using modern materials and amenities to serve the needs of today's group camp users," said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks director.
Through the partnership with State Fair Community College, 16 students will take part in a non-traditional training program to rebuild the camp.
"Everyone wins with this partnership. Students will learn building trade experience and the legacy of the CCC era and Camp Pin Oak will be continued into the future," Gov. Nixon said. "This agreement provides an opportunity to rebuild this facility while students receive a unique learning experience. In addition to building trade skills, we expect they will gain a greater appreciation of state parks and the outdoors."
The agreement funds a yearlong education project to rebuild the camp.