Sinoquipe Scout Reservation's LeBleu Pavilion is the lasting memorial to the late Gordon E. LeBleu of Rockville, Maryland, whose young life was tragically cut short by a lightning strike near the tent in which he and fellow Scouts had taken shelter from a storm at the Philmont Scout Ranch in 1974.
A Star Scout, Gordon was a patrol leader, and member of the Order of the Arrow, when he embarked on his first long trip by himself to the Philmont Scout Ranch, which his older brother Robert Jr. remarked was a "special achievement for [the Scouts]." Six other Scouts of Troop 447 of Rockville, of which Gordon was a member, were also at the ranch. Gordon loved camping, and had an interest in forestry, although at just fifteen his dream was to play college football.
LeBleu Pavilion and Memorial Grove
After his passing, Troop 447 of Rockville, wanted to find a way to memorialize the young Scout's life. They found a fitting way at the Sinoquipe Scout Reservation in Fort Littleton, Pennsylvania, where Gordon once loved to camp by constructing a pavilion in his honor in 1975, which is used by Scouts to this day.
Renewing A Fallen Scout’s Legacy
After over forty years of use by Scouts, the pavilion is showing its age. The LeBleu family, like they did over forty years ago, would like for Gordon's legacy to be renewed and a remodeled pavilion constructed in his memory. Sitting at the same location as the original pavilion this new, larger pavilion will allow for some more modern amenities for campers, while continuing to keep Gordon's spirit and memory alive.
On behalf of the council, the LeBleu family is graciously spearheading the effort to raise funds for this new pavilion. Please consider making an online donation to Gordon LeBleu's legacy and help keep his Scouting spirit alive for future generations of Sinoquipe Scouts to learn from.