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Tree plantings honor Osgood and volunteers
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Job Corp of Denison and students volunteer time and effort to honor past LSSR Ranger Charlie Osgood and LSSR volunteers.
Tree and stone honors LSSR volunteers.
Osgood family attended ceremony to honor past LSSR Ranger Charlie Osgood.

Charlie Osgood, a retired Air Force Sergeant and a long time Scouter, started his career as a Boy Scout Ranger at Camp Wakonda in Bellevue in 1982. Working part-time for Mid-America Council, he began his career as a full-time ranger when he was asked to take over the management of the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in 1986. Although the land, covering 1800 acres nestled in the Loess Hills of Iowa, half way between Council Bluffs and Sioux City, had been given to the Council 20 years earlier by the Hundahl Family, Charlie and his wife Martha moved into the Ranger's house with four young children. Charlie replaced LSSR Ranger Pete Jennings.

Charlie spent the better part of the following 18 years helping to develop Little Sioux into a camp where more than 7,000 Scouts and leaders each year enjoyed camping, hiking and just plain having fun. He was well liked by everyone he met and bent over backwards to make sure each and every Scout had a memorable experience.

Charlie retired in 2004 and moved to Onawa, Iowa where he continued to give his time and energy to Scouting as a volunteer leader in Boy Scout Troop 332. Charlie passed away in 2011 after battling cancer for 10 years.

Dave Tasich, who met Charlie many years ago and became a close friend, is a very dedicated volunteer Scouter and proponent of Little Sioux in his own right. When it comes to Little Sioux Scout Ranch, there is no one more dedicated to keeping the memory of Charlie alive than Dave. So much so that he had a special tree planted in Charlie's memory at the camp and purchased a limestone rock and had it engraved to read "This tree is dedicated to Charlie Osgood LSSR Ranger 1986 – 2004, Memory Eternal."

Dave was not finished there. Another tree was planted that honors all volunteers who have given of their time and energy helping Charlie and others make Little Sioux the camp it is today. A plaque reading "This tree is dedicated to all LSSR Volunteers" was encased in concrete and put in front of the tree.

The Job Corp of Denison and their students donated their time and effort working with Dave to make the concrete and set them in place.

During the all-Iowa Camporee held at Little Sioux during the weekend of April 14, Martha Osgood and her family were present to help over 800 Scouts and leaders dedicate these fine tributes to both Charlie and all the LSSR volunteers.

By Denny Deters

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