CEDA holding 23rd annual reunion Saturday

The Camp Eastman Development Association (CEDA) will hold its 23rd annual reunion event on Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m. at Boy Scout Camp Eastman, 750 E. Country Rd. 1780 Nauvoo, Ill.

The admission price includes a noon lunch served in Burg Dining Hall. The public is invited and may buy advanced tickets at or pay at the door.

This year?s reunion will include memorial dedications of three new staff cabins, historical displays, scouting memorabilia sales, door prizes, auctions, raffles, guided tours and social opportunities for old scouting friends and supporters to re-connect.

At 11 a.m., activities will pause for a memorial program honoring long time Camp Eastman and Keokuk scouter Kevin Baker, who died after losing his battle with cancer last summer.

The activities of the 2018 Reunion Event will end at 4:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., a 50-seat additional ticketed prime rib Benefactor Dinner will be served in historic Eastman Lodge. The iconic stone lodge, a 1930 gift of Edward and Millie Eastman, of Burlington, was recently restored and updated by volunteer and professional craftsmen under the leadership of the CEDA.

Because of limited seating, reservations are required for the Benefactor Dinner and can be made online.

The annual gathering draws many current and former scouts and leaders, camp staff alumni, and family, friends and supporters of the 92-yearold scout reservation perched on the Mississippi River bluffs between Nauvoo and Hamilton, Ill. Proceeds from the reunion and the Benefactor Dinner are invested in camp maintenance, development projects and camperships for individual scouts.

The CEDA is a nonprofit corporation, which is supportive of but not an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America. CEDA was organized in 1995 by current and former campers and staff members to assist in the preservation and development of the camp and to enhance the Camp Eastman experience for youth of Southeast Iowa, Northeast Missouri and western Illinois.