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Drive under way to boost Boy Scout cabin

posted Jul 21, 2016, 4:34 AM by Dan Rautenkranz

Take a stroll around Chautauqua Park and you’ll likely see and/or pass it. You may not know, though, just what it is, never mind its history.
The Boy Scout cabin in the park is believed to pre-date Chautauqua’s historic band shell, which has been the stage for countless “Amazing” Worthington City Band concerts and other performances over many, many years. The cabin, though, has been a second home to a countless number of scouts -- and the hope is that it will continue to be.

Worthington’s Noon Kiwanis Club, which sponsors Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 134, is beginning a drive to update and expand the cabin. As Noon Kiwanis Vice President Brian Daiker said Wednesday, “anyone’s time, talents or treasure” is welcome.

“For generations of Boy Scouts, this building represents fond memories of summer days canoeing on the lake, playing tag or flag-raising ceremonies,” Daiker said. “As Worthington has grown, so has the Boy Scouts. Children from all around the area converge at this cabin every other week to make memories and forge bonds with fellow scouts.”

Daiker explained that the cabin “has fallen into disrepair” and has a size insufficient for accommodating the current -- and expected future -- pack and troop membership. Renovations are expected to include improved interior and exterior walls, new doors, roof improvements, re-siding, a new addition and a furnace replacement, among other items. An architect’s rendering of the plans for the cabin can be found at

“This new expansion will give the Boy Scouts an opportunity to do more community outreach and give more children in the community the opportunities for fellowship and practical skills that only scouting can give,” Daiker added. “It is our hope to raise enough money through this drive to allow for a handicapped accessible bathroom and a meeting area large enough to accompany this growing group.”

The project, which is being spearheaded by Cub Scout Pack 134 leader Scott Hunt, carries an estimated $65,000 price tag. When completed, the result will be a year-round meeting place for the scouts -- and, Hunt hopes, an ever-increasing number of them.

“I think people are drawn to the opportunities that the Boy Scouts provide to get children outside, go to camps and enjoy the nature around us,” Hunt said. “So many families don’t have the opportunity or resources to take their children canoeing or hiking. Boy Scouts provides the the children with the time and opportunity to form deep friendships with children their age and provide families with opportunities to re-connect.”

Donations can be made to the Noon Kiwanis Boy Scouts effort at First State Bank Southwest, Daiker said. Anyone with interest in helping the cause, or wanting further information, may contact him at 376-3181.