John Kriner Lodge
What is the John M. Kriner II Lodge?
The John M. Kriner II Lodge is a multi-level/multi-purpose facility just off the banks of our lake at Seven Mountains Scout Camp. The Lodge will be ideal for large and small groups including community organizations, Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews. The lodge honors the memory of John M. Kriner II, who always had a warm smile, welcoming arms, and was an inspiration to all who met him.
Who is "John John"
To “John John” there were no strangers, only friends he hadn’t met yet
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.
The Kriner Family
The Kriner Family has always been an active part of the community. They were active throughout Centre County being involved in various community organizations including Grace Lutheran Church and 4th Fest. John's father John Kriner went home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2017. John also had a life long association with Scouting and was a graduate of Penn State University and a secondary school administrator for State College Area School District. John and Betta Kriner have already made a lead gift as well as have established an endowment fund for maintenance of the lodge throughout it’s lifetime. This vision insures 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.
To date through lead gifts from the Kriner Family, Juniata Valley Executive Board and the scouting family have raised $400,000 of the total project cost of $550,000. Help us close the gap and be part of creating a unique experience in the Scouting programs and the communities we serve.