New Boy Scout Building Holds First Meeting

By Lura Jackson

The new Scout Hall is nearly complete thanks to the efforts of Friends of Scouts 132 and the many community members and businesses that have participated in its construction. The first meeting was held at the hall on Sunday. Additional funds are needed to finish the building. (Photo by Lura Jackson).

For the past six years, the Friends of Scouts 132 have been working to build a new hall for the local Boy Scout troop (composed of boys from Calais, Woodland, Perry, Alexander, and surrounding areas). Many members and businesses of the community have stepped forward to contribute funds, materials, and volunteer hours to assist in the construction of the new hall, and it is now nearing completion. On Sunday, September 7th, the first meeting was held in the large, rustic building located behind the DHHS on South Street.

A new Scout Hall was necessary to replace the use of the old building (which is located next to the Skate Park). The former building had no bathroom, no fire escape, and no ADA access. By contrast, the new building will offer a complete functional kitchen with a large activity hall, enabling troop events to be easily conducted. “Once it’s finished, we’d also like to be able to offer it for use by other organizations in the community,” Scoutmaster Ray Smale says. “Compared to our old Scout Hall, this new building is a palace.”

The building is constructed from lumber donated from the Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge, and it sits on a quiet three acre parcel of land that the group purchased three years ago. Local businesses have generously assisted with the borrowing of equipment to clear the area and with many of the materials needed to assemble it, including the foundational slab and the wiring. While it is almost finished, Smale says that additional funding is still needed to complete the project. Most of the funding has come from voluntary road tolls, though Smale actively solicits donations from businesses whenever possible. 

Boy Scout Troop 132 is among the few remaining troops in Washington County. The Boy Scouts organization has a long tradition of fostering good citizenry in its Scouts and promoting the communities that host it. Merit badges and service projects remain a primary component of the organization, and members get to participate in exciting field trips such as the four-day rafting trip the group went on last year. 

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Ray Smale at 454-1378.