FEMA Storm Shelters for Theodore Naish Scout Reservation and H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation


As part of a Wyandotte County, Kansas, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant through FEMA, Theodore Naish Scout Reservation camp staff secured funding to increase their storm preparedness by constructing FEMA storm shelters.

Areas of expertise:
Structural Engineering


SKW designed 11 storm shelters at Theodore Naish Scout Reservation in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and 29 shelters at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, Missouri, the first FEMA-grant funded shelters on scout camps.

Each shelter was designed to accommodate 110 people and built in accordance with FEMA 361 building standards, which means they will withstand wind speeds of up to 250 mph.

The shelters include restrooms, an emergency generator and communications equipment.

Built into the hillsides of the camps, the storm shelters were designed with pavilions on top of them to serve as a programming area.



Camp Naish serves about 50,000 visitors annually and Camp Bartle serves about 10,000. With the storm shelters emergency drills and procedures in place, camp officials know their staff are prepared keep their visitors safe.

The storm shelters have been used every summer since their construction.

Storing tents and cots in the shelters has improved efficiency and the longevity of the camping equipment.