Carroll Electric fortifies tower

Monday, August 22, 2011
The climbing tower at Camp Orr after it was strengthened.

The Boy Scouts' Camp Orr in Newton County has helped craft many young boys into men. It rightfully boasts of a climbing tower more than 40 feet tall -- a challenge countless boys and men have conquered with great satisfaction.

Carroll Electric provides the electricity for Camp Orr, located in a scenic valley of the Buffalo National River Wilderness Area, south of Harrison.

"It only made sense to contact Carroll Electric when we determined the climbing tower at Camp Orr needed additional support," said Wade Colwell, a Boy Scouts of America volunteer and Westark Area Council board member. "We are grateful for Carroll Electric's contributions to Camp Orr and consider them a partner and friend of scouting."

On July 29, Carroll Electric Cooperative, which set the poles for the original structure, stepped in and set four corner poles strengthening the climbing tower to BSA specifications

The tower, built in the 1990s, needed to be fortified at its four corners to meet BSA safety requirements and adequately hold campers as they are taught to climb and rappel.

Following a site visit and several discussions later, Carroll Electric determined it could maneuver its equipment through the winding, narrow road into the valley at Camp Orr with the four needed 50-foot poles in tow. Harder yet was the task of positioning the digger derrick close enough to the structure to drill the holes for setting the poles in this densely wooded part of the national park.

"The logistics of this particular job were interesting but we are accustomed to working in this terrain," said explained Raymond White, vice president of Carroll Electric's Jasper District. "Troubleshooting the challenges of the landscape in Newton County is nothing new to us. We are very pleased we can help out the Boy Scouts and Camp Orr in this way."

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