GEORGE KOVACS, 2021 to Present
In 1974, after a year in an Italian refugee camp, 13-year-old George Kovacs finally arrived in the United States. In March of that same year, his life in scouting began when he joined the Bessenyei Gyorgy Scout Troop #22 in Cleveland, where he is still an active member. Soon, he made friends together with whom he still works and keeps in touch. In 1976, he completed the patrol leader’s course here in our park, then continued as an instructor within the same division.
In 1978, George finished the assistant scoutmaster’s program and became a scoutmaster in 2001. He continued to serve as scoutmaster in Cleveland, a position he still holds. While establishing his family, his three children grew up with the scouting spirit and continued involvement in troop camps, jamborees, and other scout venues his appreciation toward Alexander Sik Scout Park.
In 2011, Association President Imre Lendvai-Lintner approached George with a question, “Would you mind helping the camp director Zoltan Lamperth, as an assistant?” He answered jokingly, “Who is Zoltan?”
After considering this request, he accepted the challenge with conviction and worked with Zoltan for the next ten years as assistant director in developing and maintaining the park. George upscaled modifications throughout the camp, modernizing the water system, storage facilities, and other projects. He planned and managed the building of a new camp infirmary and renovated the old one. His greatest achievement was planning, building and furnishing a new central conference building clearly showed his long-term commitment to taking care of the Park’s future.
In 2021, after the retirement of Zoltan Lamperth, George took on the full directorship of the Alexander Sik Scout Park.
George comments, “…a lot of work is still ahead of us but I can say those scouts I came to know 48 years ago are still helping. Without them, this work would be very difficult to complete!”
Zoltan Lamperth, 1990 – 2021
SCOUT PARK TODAY and TOMORROW
The Hungarian scout leadership soon recognized that uniform training is the most important part in developing good leaders. The training needed an adequate, well equipped campsight. In the early twenties they acquired the Harshegy scout park in the hills of Budapest where they developed standardized methods for leadership training in the scout movement.
Following the war Hungarian scouting was restarted in the DP ( displaced persons) camps. By the 1950’s many of the leaders and scouters were dispersed, migrating to 4 main continents. In the diaspora the leadership training remained.
After ten years of searching, in 1963, the Hungarian Scouts Association in Exteris located a suitable campsite for leader training. Four visionary leaders: Mr. G. Bodnar, Rev.dr. S.Gerencser, Rev. L. Kovari and dr. G..Nemethy purchased the property and set the centralized home for future Hungarian scouting. It was an outstanding act of conviction.
During the following sixty years the Alexander Sik Scout Park provided the home of tousands of leaders, boy and girl scouts.
Mr Zoltan Lamperth (honorary director) explained:
“ I first attended the Park, near Fillmore in the early 1970’s during the May obstacle race competitions and saw the scouts in action. It was a unique experience, including the evening campfires, the Sunday services in an open pine-forest cathedral all of which was imprinted in my mind. From that moment I became a loyal friend and full supporter of the camp!
The 167.6 acres camp located near Fillmore, Allegany County in Western New York State holds leadership training camps, scout camps, school camp, week-end and winter camps, jubilee camps and jamborees. Thank to those who volunteered over many years ensuring the campsites, roads and numerous buildings with all the infrastructure necessary! Although many of these individuals have passed on, the work continues to maintain the camp’s functionality… It is a beautiful place to be…!
This is clearly visible at the Alexander Sik Scout Park.
Louis Jambor, 1981 – 1990