Scout Hut targeted for revitalization

Staff report

February 28, 2014

DUBLIN — The old Boy Scout Hut in Dublin has been targeted as a project by a committee for change and refurbishing.

After months of discussion in the community about repairs and cleanup in general at the site, a group of volunteers met on Thursday to take a look at what can be done to save the famous log building.

Walter Bullard, Bobby Lewis, Tony Parnell and Seth Lewis got together at the property, and ideas were flying a mile a minute about how to address a “cleanup and fix up” of the building.

But first, the public will be invited to get involved.

An open meeting and viewing of the building has been set for Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Scout Hut. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and a flag-burning ceremony, conducted by retired Scout Master Walter Bullard — as well as an open meeting to get things formally organized and tasks assigned.

The committee discussed such items as a temporary service pole, surveying the lot for original corners, and cleanup after the public has had time to see the building as it sits now.

“Since the Dublin Scout Hut is such a strong symbol of scouting in Bladen County and the region, we might entertain the idea of making it into a Scout Museum of local artifacts,” one committee member offered, “as well as an activity center for our youth and community.”

Fundraisers, such as a quilt raffle and auctions, were also discussed — along with many other ideas.

The group is currently hoping to attract local financial contributors to assist in the effort. Donation checks should be made payable to Dublin Scout Hut.

The public, especially scouts and former scouts, are urged to attend the March 8 meeting and get in on the ground floor of planning and bringing the Scout Hut back to use with proper care and respect.

Anyone with questions, donations, or wish to volunteer before the meeting, call Tony Parnell at 910-316-0510, Bobby Lewis at 910-874-4011, Walter Bullard at 910 862-4286 or Seth Lewis at 910-770-3132. At the meeting on March 8, refreshments will be served and a small start-up auction will be held — items can be brought to donate to be sold that day.