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“The John M. Kriner II Lodge will create a unique experience in providing new opportunities for the Scouting programs and the communities we serve.”     
- Joe Strigle, Council President


Explore The John M. Kriner II Lodge Project Details
Meeting Tomorrow's Challenge Today
About John M. Kriner II
What is the John M. Kriner II Lodge?
The Lodge Level
The Conference Level
Maintained in Purpetuity
John M. Kriner II Lodge Honor Roll
Supporting the John M. Kriner II Lodge


Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenge Today

The Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America is the sole provider of Scouting programs partnering with over 75 community organizations to serve over 1,200 youth in Centre, Huntingdon, Juniata, and Mifflin counties of Central Pennsylvania and has an operating budget of $720,000.

Seven Mountains Scout Camp is our year-round outdoor education and recreational center, annually hosting more than 15,000 Scouts, volunteer leaders, parents and community organizations.   To meet the demands of increased usage over the past ten years we must upgrade and expand functional, and accessible sleeping accommodations, restroom facilities, and meeting space.

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John M. Kriner II always had a warm smile, welcoming arms, and was an inspiration to all who met him. 

A 1979 graduate of State College Area High School, he   received  certification from Centre County     Vocational Technical School and Hiram G. Andrews Technical School.       

Scouting was one of young John’s passions.  He was an active member of Boy Scout Troop #339 where he received many awards including Eagle Scout with Gold Palm and served as a Unit Commissioner and Camp Commissioner.  He was a recipient of the Juniata Valley Council Silver Beaver Award, Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow,  and Seven Mountains Scout Camp “Honorary Camp Director.”

John attended four BSA National Jamborees and served as a Staff member for two National Scout Jamborees.

In addition to Scouting, John was an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church where he served as an usher, greeter and a member of Disciples Sunday School Class and an Honorary Member of PSU  Alpha Phi Omega.  He  was also a state Special Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medalist winner in swimming competitions.

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To “John John” there were no strangers, only friends he hadn’t met yet



What is the John M. Kriner II Lodge?

The John M. Kriner II Lodge is a multi-level/multi-purpose facility being constructed at the former Pioneer Cabin site just off the banks of our lake at Seven Mountains Scout Camp.

The Lodge will be ideal for large and small Cub Scout Packs, Scout BSA Troops, Venture Crew and community organizations. 

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The Lodge Level

The upper level features ten sleeping rooms (five each wing) - bunked for four people.  Accessible restrooms and shower rooms are on each wing.  The layout is ideal separate sleeping facilities for youth male/female, adult male/female.

A complete kitchen is also located on the upper level, as is a great room and fireplace. 

The Thomas and Mary Jane Kistler Family Deck (wrap around) will provide those using the Lodge to enjoy the beauty of the camp, the lake, and a start lit night.

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The Conference Level

The Conference Level will house the SRI STEM Lab with eight computer work stations, two accessible restrooms, and a kitchenette. The changing interests of our youth are creating demands for more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities from our program.  Combined with another donation of a computer server, desk top work stations, printers and work tables Kriner Lodge provides us with the physical facility to include Programming, Computer Gaming, Robotics and Computer

The Lodge and Conference Center will provide outstanding meeting, retreat, and training space for both youth and adult events for Scouting on the local, Area, Regional, and National levels, as well as for local community and religious organizations. 

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Maintained In Perpetuity

In addition to their generous lead gift for the lodge, John and Betta Kriner, have established an endowment fund for maintenance of the lodge throughout it’s lifetime.  This vision ensures that the lodge will remain a tribute to John Kriner II, those who helped fund it and serve all Scouts, volunteers, and community organizations who share John’s passion of making Scouting and our camp accessible to every one regardless of the ability or challenge.


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John M. Kriner II Lodge Honor Roll
We gratefull acknowledge the gerious support of the following

John & Betta Kriner - Lead Gift
John M. & Betta H. Kriner - Lodge Maintenance Endowment Fund
TH Cunningham Conference Center
The Honorable Thomas & Mary Jane Kistler Family - Lodge Deck
Kitchens - Glenn Smith
Kitchen - Seven Mountains Alumni Association

Honor Roll

Galen Dreibelbis *
Robert J. Flipse Estate * 

The Louis E Silvi Foundation * 
Tom and Sara Songer *
GO Hawbaker Charity Golf *
Kards for Kids *

Mike Lynn
Rick Marboe *
Wes and Donna Miller *
Bellefonte Elks #1094

David Klementik
Joe and Kay Strigle
AM Logging
Jim & Andrea Kennedy
Byron Custer
David Eng
Lance Shaner
First Quality - Lewistown
Martin Dreibelbis
Will Port
Art DeCamp

Mike Evelhoch
Meriam Myers
Dr John T. and Barbara Fisher
Cheryl Johnson
Kevin McKay
Bryan Tormey
Monaken Lodge #103

Rebecca Anastasio
Bud &Tracy Barnish
Mark Bonson
Ron Forsythe

Freedom Forge Foundation
Thomas Pheasant

Jungwoo Ryoo
Mark Salvatore
David Schuler
Glenn Thompson
Gary Langsdale
State College Rotary
Richard Campbell
Mike DePasquale
Lloyd Neimann
Richard Singer
Knights of Columbus - Bellefonte
Gladys & Joseph Hart
Steve Dedmon
Charlie Harklerode
Lloyd Niemann
Don Reed
State College Tuesday Rotary Club
Kathy Bobeck
Elizabeth Lavitz
Tom Lusk
Roger Rauch
Mark Wise
Mitchell Apgar

Mark Kanuck
Larry Miller
Ike & Linda Rosensteel
Jay Shaeffer
Jacub Shaeffer

Chuck Apgar
Thomas Arnold
Ed Brezevoec

Maddy Cattell
Matt Coll

Hayden Davidson
Wayne Detwiler
Nancy Gamble
John & Nancy Glantz
Paul Silvas
Bruce Grinder

Linda Harding
Angela Kaler
George Kanuck
Andrew Kissel

Catherine Kresge
Chris Neubert
Robert Rivell
Karen Roth
Paul Walting
Alice Wilson
Joseph Zanghi
Brennan Malenovitch
June Miller
Carl Bankert
Edward Buss
Ann Daniel
William Davidson
Deborah Eng
Thomas Eng
Lois Ferguson
Joseph French
Mary Anne & William Hanelly

John Heckendorn
Douglas McDonald
Fred McKinley
Sue Salvaggio
Roger & Sandy Rauch
Ron Singer
Paul & Barbara Spring
Pat & Betsy Vernon

Helen Wise
Josh Woods
Joseph Zanghi

Fred & Joelle Ferguson
Sherry Farrell
Ron Coder
Jason Colon
David Duda
Ken Fogleman
Phillip Keeney
Helen Manfull
Jack Port
Laura Rodrick
Stephanie Shuey
Joyce Sipple

Gail Fox
Frank Harden
Tom McClain

Naming opportunity to be announced


In Kind

AM Logging
David Peck - Engineering
SRI - STEM Computer Lab Equipment

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How You Can Support This Project

Gifts to support the John M. Kriner II Lodge at Seven Mountains Scout Camp may be tax deductible.  Please contact your financial advisor for specific information.  The Juniata Valley Council, BSA is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations and is a 501(c)3 organization.

Sponsorship Levels

John M. Kriner II Brochure

  • $150,000—Conference Level
  • $100,000 Sleeping Wings (Two Available)
  • $50,000—Great Gathering Room 
  • $15,000—Sleeping Room (Ten Available)

Direct Contributions - Gifts of cash, check, credit card should be directed to the Juniata Valley Council, BSA.  9 Taylor Drive, Reedsville, PA 17084.

Multi-Year Payment Options - Please contact Jeff Pickett at the Juniata Valley Council Service Center or at

Gifts of Stock or Appreciable Assets - Please contact Jeff Pickett at the Juniata Valley Council Service Center or at for transfer information.

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Juniata Valley Council, BSA, 9 Taylor Drive, Reedsville PA 17084  (717) 667-9236 (voice)  (717) 667-9798 (fax)