Officials for the Muskingum Valley Council said they are excited to announce the official groundbreaking ceremony for their new Scouting Resource Center.
The community is invited to join the Scouts on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. as they symbolically begin phase one of the expansion and renovation.
A Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturer will be joined by key donors, Mayor Jeff Tilton of Zanesville, Muskingum County Commissioners and others to celebrate this important moment in local Scouting history.
The expanded and renovated resource center will provide local volunteers and Scouting families with the tools, training and support they need to run successful Scouting programs. Successful Scouting programs prepare young people for exceptional lives. In short, this project will make the community stronger and safer for years to come.
According to Tom Sieber, Campaign Chairman, "The project will be completed in three phases. Phase one is the construction of a 30' x 40' storage building. Phase two will be the expansion of the eastern end of the building, which will double the size of the training and conference space, and allow for fully ADA compliant restrooms. The third, and final phase, will be the complete renovation of the west end of the building resulting in a much larger scout store. The project includes a new metal roof and the addition of a covered porch which will support the increasing number of outdoor activities on the property."
Tom Sieber continued, "Phase one will be completed early this fall. Phase 2 will be put out to bid this fall with construction beginning early next year."
"We hope to begin the third and final phase sometime next spring or early summer. This will depend on raising the final funds needed, and the timing of pledge payments."
Sieber says, "$600,000 is still needed to complete the $1.2 million dollar project. "
Thus far, the campaign has raised $1.3 million and has funded significant additions and improvements to facilities at the Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation; construction of the Straker S.T.E.M. center, the expansion of the camp dining hall and the addition of five cabins and a restroom/shower facility.
The Straker S.T.E.M. center is already among the most popular program areas at camp giving Scouts opportunities to learn about computers, electricity, engineering, robotics, energy, and electronics.
The expansion and renovation of the central lodge/dining hall means all Scouts can eat together enjoying camp songs and skits. The new addition of five cabins and a shower house provides for year-round enjoyment of camp by youth of all ages.
"We are excited to begin the expansion and renovation of our Scouting Resource Center in Zanesville" said Ed Mulholland, executive director. "This is where all Scouting adventures begin. The planning meetings, and training sessions conducted here ensure safe, exciting, and challenging programs are made available to all our Scouts.
Parents depend on the information, equipment and supplies available in the Scout Store. We have nearly 1,000 registered volunteer leaders who depend on this resource center for all their Scouting needs."
Council President Judge John Thatcher explained, "The groundbreaking ceremony marks the community's commitment to providing exceptional character and leadership programs for future generations of young people.
For 50 years, the Muskingum Valley Council has made great use of the current facility.
That facility no longer meets the needs of Scouting families. The new facility will allow us to serve more families and provide even better Scouting programs."