b'rom beloved Boy Scout camp to breathtaking master-plannedcommunity, the story of the 2,046-acrepiece of pristine wildernessthat would become Grand Central Park is one intertwined with that of awildcatter, marshmallows roasted over campfires and a developer dedicatedto creating a place that not only honors the propertys grand legacy, but isalso where homeowners and nature can co-exist in perfect harmony.Grand Central Park sits on the former site of Camp Strake, knownCamp Strake went on to become one of the largest camps for more than 70 years as the flagship camp for one of the nationsin the United States, with generations of young boys spending largest Boy Scout councils, the Sam Houston Area Council.fondly remembered summers camping, fishing, earning badges and telling ghost stories around its flickering campfires. The history of the camp is bound up in the greater history of the Scouting movement in Texas and the formation of the firstTime marches on, however, and Camp Strake went from troops in the Houston area.a pristine oasis to an island surrounded by homes, bright lights and honking horns. Eventually, the Council concluded The Houston Council overseeing Scouting in Houston wasthat in order for a new generation of Scouts to experience organized in 1913. In 1938, the name was changed to thethe serenity of nature, a new site for Camp Strake needed Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America, whichto be found. now encompasses 16 counties in southeast Texas serving more than 50,000 coed youth. The Council put the historic property up for sale, and JohnsonDevelopment Corp. saw the potential for a master-planned In the 1940s, the Council made the decision to create a specialcommunity where residents could live, shop and dine in a camp for the boys under its jurisdiction. Finding a pristinebeautiful, wooded environment. The company purchased area for Scouts to experience the excitement of campingCamp Strake in 2013.wasnt difficult; however, paying for it was a challenge.Today, Grand Central Park is a growing, thriving community, Help came from a member of the Councils executive board,attracting residents with a wide variety of upscale home George Strake. Strake was a wildcatter who discovered thechoices surrounded by the same, naturally wooded beauty Conroe oil field which, at the time, was the countrys thirdthat has attracted legions of young nature lovers for more largest. In 1943, he donated the funds to the Council tothan 70 years. Only about 800 acres of the property will purchase the more than 2,000 acres of land 35 miles northbe developed, with approximately 1,200 acres of woodlands, of Houston, and the new camp was dedicated to him in 1944.100 acres of lakes and miles of existing trails remaining Strakes son George Strake, Jr., as well as his grandson,as Scouts and their families remember them.Steve, have served on the Councils executive board. In fact, Steve continues to serve on the board to this day. 5'