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In support of Scouting: Roughrider Roundup provides funds for endowment

Boy Scouts enjoy canoeing, swimming and archery each summer at the Heart Butte Scout Camp.

The annual Roughrider Roundup to benefit the camp and ensure the future of Scouting in the Roughrider District is Thursday, Sept. 8, in Dickinson.

This year's social event is 5-7:30 p.m. at the home of Dennis and Nancy Johnson, 1308 A Empire Road.

"Because of the individuals who started this, my boys are benefitting now," said Committee member Gwen Allred.

In addition to her two sons, she also has a Girl Scout in the family. They all have participated in camp activities.

Jim Ozbun and Jack Olin are credited for their vision to establish the endowment fund in 2000.

Ozbun was serving on the Scout's District Advisory Board when he and his wife, Sonja, realized the camp needed improvements. The first Roundup was in 2000 on their ranch.

"Sonja and I worked with Jack and others to put on the first event," he said. "After I broke my leg, Jack did most of the work, but I was there," he joked. "It turned out to be a beautiful evening, even if I was on crutches."

The goal was to generate $100,000, which has been exceeded, he said.

"There definitely was a need and still a need to continue to improve the camp," he added.

Ozbun appreciates the social aspect of the Roundup. This year, Mulligan's will cater the meal, while Dakota Breeze provides the music.

Roughrider District Executive Bill Anderson said the camp is used most weekends, either with organized events or small groups who come out on their own.

The camp is located at Lake Tschida in Grant County. Novel attractions include the water trampoline, the bouldering wall, horseshoes and oversized checker boards under the shelters.

The lodge features a kitchen, while there is a building for showers and another building as the trading post.

"The kids love to sleep in tents," he said.

A committee establishes the priorities for improvements. This year, it's planning to construct four shelters.

Everyone is invited to attend the Roundup. Tickets may be purchased from Anderson at 701-483-2488, Allred at 701-483-9390 or Jim Fahy at 701-483-6548.