Pooler Digs Pond for Scout Camp; Gives Scouts a Fishing Hole
On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Seneca Waterways Council hosted a dedication ceremony to commemorate the extraordinary donation of a man-made pond at Camp Babcock-Hovey. The ceremony was to recognize and honor Gary Pooler and Pooler Enterprises (Fishers, NY) for their generous contribution to the Cub Scout and Boy Scout summer camp programs at Camp Babcock-Hovey. The Pond was named in his honor – Pooler’s Pond.
Gary Pooler, a long-time supporter of Scouting, generously donated the machinery and manpower to dig a 1.5 acre pond at Camp Babcock-Hovey. The project began in the fall of 2010 and has been allowed to fill from rainwater. It is stocked with blue gill and large mouth bass. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts attending camp this summer were among the first to fish and boat at Pooler’s Pond, as it is named.
Camp Babcock-Hovey was in need of the pond to enhance the Cub Scout program offered at camp while making the water activities safer for all ages. Even though the Camp sits on Seneca Lake, the lake water is often rough making it unsafe for young Scouts to fish or boat, which are among the fun activities that hundreds of Scouts participate in at camp every summer.