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Roofers repair childhood camp for free in Quincy

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 17:16:05-04

QUINCY, Fla. — Summer Camp season is quickly approaching and for the Wallwood Boy Scouts, damage from Hurricane Michael almost threatened the experience.

More than 40 roofers from the Big Bend area are repairing the roofs on three buildings at Wallwood. They're devoting $60,000 worth of work for free because to them, money just can't buy fond memories.

"For us it's been the busiest time of our lives, we've never seen so many damaged roofs," said organizer Farley Maxwell.

Seven months after Hurricane Michael, roofers are still busy with storm damage. Yet, 12 different roofing companies are devoting two weekends to a place that is near and dear to their hearts.

"I came to this camp back in 1985 and here is my stone with my name on it," said Maxwell.

Hurricane Michael destroyed the roof on three buildings at Wallwood Boy Scouts Reservation.

"I was out here at winter camp with my son. The roofs were leaking," said Maxwell.

So Maxwell organized the efforts to help.

"I looked out at all of these different people, all of these different competitors coming together, working together. I call it a super crew," said Maxwell.

A super crew calling back to the principles they learned in the Boys Scouts.

"Community service, giving back to others, leadership," said Bon Norwillo, Field Director for Suwanee River Boy Scouts of America.

And now for years to come, more boys and girls can come to Wallwood to learn those same values.

"We're gonna ensure that i has roofs on it for 60 years. That's a long of generations of kids. A lot of memories and bug bites," said Maxwell.

They're expected to finish the repairs this weekend. Just in time for summer camp, which starts in June.