exterior photo of holt and bolcom logging camp museum

Townsend, WI (October 30, 2017) – Holt & Balcom Logging Camp Museum has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $1000 Green Gift from Cellcom to continue the restoration of the camp.

“The museum is a unique place which allows visitors to see firsthand what the Big Pine Era was like. Holt & Balcom is tasked with helping guests appreciate the logging history of the Wisconsin Northwoods. We want them to value our ‘up north’ heritage: successful living through hard physical labor, personal sacrifice, teamwork and respect for the natural world,” said camp manager Bob Brown.

The Green Gift from Cellcom will support structural restoration at the logging camp museum. In addition to the historical significance of Holt & Balcom Logging camp, their programming emphasizes the environmental importance of sustainable foresting and good stewardship of the natural environment.

“We provide the kids with a hands-on, interactive look at logging in turn-of-the-20th century America. This experience never fails to excite them, and everyone who comes to tour the camp leaves with a better understanding of what the lives of these very tough men who harvested gigantic white pine, hemlock and hardwood trees by hand were like,” said Brown.

The museum offers educational programs each summer and are open to the public for tours on summer Saturdays and other times by appointment. They see visitors from all across Wisconsin, many from out of state, even some from foreign countries.

Holt & Balcom Logging Camp Museum was among 33 green organizations that received a share of the $44,000 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

“Our service area is fortunate to be teeming with non-profits that are creatively using their resources to help the environment though education and activism. Donating your phone allows us to contribute to their efforts through our Green Gifts program and ultimately work toward a greener tomorrow,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives at Cellcom.

Visit Cellcom’s website for the full list of winners. Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $310,975 for local charities over the past 14 years.


Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.