We’ve curated a list of information and documents that will be beneficial to have easily accessible. These are items that many of us will find helpful as we contact Minsi Trails, write our letters, debate methods of rescuing Camp Trexler, and will be useful in saving our Camp.
Pertinent Data and Info on Minsi Trails Council / Interesting Facts
These are public records as well as gathered info that may be interesting/relevant to our collective goal of Saving Camp Trexler. Use this data as you see fit.
Scout Executive Salary Info
- Scout Executive: Rick Christ - 2019 Total Salary = $223,372 (pg 45 column E), Base level Salary = 161k, combined with Retirement and Nontaxable Benefits
- Scout Executive: Craig Poland - 2018 Total Salary = $315,655 (pg 45 column E), Base level Salary = 165k+, combined with Retirement and Nontaxable Benefits
Money Spent on Golf Tournaments in 2019
2019 Golf Tournament Cost = $68,358 (pg 40)
Why this is Important - We’re aware that it costs money to make money to run this program, but if MTC put this much spending towards other means of fundraising, we may be in a different situation in regards to our Camps.
Money Spent on Dinners in 2019
2019 Dinners Cost = $64,152 (pg 40)
Why this is Important - Is it important to showcase this Program’s efforts and successes? Yes. We understand these events generate income for Minsi Trails Council, but we think council can do better by spending more on advertising and scouting recruitment as you can see below. A million dollars in fundraising means nothing when you have no scouts left in the program.
2019 Advertising/Promotion Cost = $43,453 (pg 10)
Why this is Important - MTC spends less on advertising/promotion than many of their other expenses. If Minsi Trails will not advertise their program, and more importantly here, their Camps, it’s no wonder they’re struggling. After some research, MTC does not put forth much funding to the advertising of their Camps, and instead relies on the Staff or Volunteers to create videos, visit Troops, create mailers, and promote their Camps. Council can and should do better.
Minsi Trails Council 2019 IRS Form 990 (EIN 23-1708585)
These are public records of MTC IRS Tax filings, overviews, profit net/losses, plus more for the years 2006 - 2019.
Recent year full filings are also viewable through the IRS.gov website
Minsi Trails Pandemic Paycheck Protection Plan Federal Loan Info (PPP)
Why this is Important - MTC was approved for PPP Loans during the pandemic most of which were forgiven. You’ll notice in 2020 they reported 210 Jobs, and in 2021 they reported 20 Jobs. While this may very well be explainable, who were the 210 jobs reported for in 2020? Records show that MTC did not employ Camp Staff, nor did Camp staff receive financial compensation. Why were 210 jobs reported for the first round, and only 20 for the second, yet the amount was the same. Where did this money go?
Public Documents found on Lehigh County Website
Other Things of Interest
Here are some other fascinating quotes, articles, and links that we think people may find interesting.
Rick Christ - MTC Scout Executive:
“Despite Boy Scouts’ bankruptcy, Minsi Trails Council says it ‘will continue,’ without interruption” “In short, there will be no change to our local Scouting experience and activities.” The council’s camps, properties and contributions are controlled locally, according to the statement. The Minsi Trails Council reported $8.3 million in total assets and $1.85 million in liabilities in 2017, the most recently available IRS report. It also has a separate trust set up to maintain, develop and preserve scout camps, according to IRS documents.”
(this is in reference to the Weygadt Trust)
Rick Christ - Current MTC Scout Executive’s Resume:
The media has acted fast with this info, they’ve reported the decision to sell Camp Trexler, now WE need to reach out, share this site’s info with them, and show them that they should run a story about how Camp Trexler is going to be saved.
Recent Media Coverage:
Use ALL of the above info when you contact Minsi Trails Council, protest, talk to friends, and build up a massive support coalition. We believe in the power of teamwork, and know the Camp Trexler support team will get this done.