Boy Scouts to Build Welcome and Education Center in Yarmouthport

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YARMOUTHPORT – The Cape Cod & Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America unveiled plans to modernize Camp Greenough in Yarmouthport Thursday.

The organization is looking to build a new 4,700 square-foot Welcome and Education Center that can be used year-round.

Designs for the facility include a STEM education/training room, presentation area, kitchen and cafeteria.

The new center would replace the camps obsolete facility which was built for two season use in the late 1940s.

The council’s Executive Director Mike Riley said the center is needed for the camp which is always busy.

“This facility will just add so much more to [the camp] by having that one nice, big meeting place that, regardless of the weather, people can be inside and comfortable and then very easily go outside and do all the great outdoor things that the camp is here for,” Riley said.

Riley said the center will be a huge benefit for scouting and the whole Cape and Islands community once it is completed.

The estimated cost to build the center is $1.2 million. The scouts have already received about $500,000 in donations and hope to have the full amount raised by October 1.

Riley said they hope to break ground sometime in the fall to be able to have the center ready to open next spring.

The campaign chairman for the welcome center project is Philip Baroni, the president of Mill Stores Furniture Outlets, who has been involved in scouting for 66 years.

“We have been graced that we have the plans built here. A lot of people have worked very diligently on the planning of this,” Baroni said. “This is not something that was just put together overnight.”

Baroni said the next step is continuing to raise money.

“Somebody has to pay for this and we’ve been very fortunate to have some people step forward and be very generous and make generations before the program was really launched,” he said.

Baroni said the new center needs community support outside of scouting.

“The scouting program helps far more than the actual scouts,” he said. “There are so many people who have gained from the boy scout program who have known, and know currently, boys scouts and it has changed their individual lives.”

Liam Furey, an eagle scout and 2016 graduate of Sturgis Charter Public School’s West campus, has been involved with the scouts and has used Camp Greenough for most of his life. He feels the new center will be an asset to the community.

“It just expands the opportunities for scouts for non-scouts – for really anyone who wants to get involved at the camp,” Furey said. “I feel like there needs to be more involvement with the STEMs especially because that is the field where all the jobs are going.”

Furey said getting youth interested in STEM fields is a benefit as it can carry them through their lives.

He also urged people to donate to help build the new center.

“If you just look at the benefits – all the amazing things scouts have gone on to do: the Nobel Laureates, astronauts, presidents even,” Furey said. “Scouting is a program that is proven to work and that donating to this project is only going to continue and enhance what scouting on the Cape can create.”

Furey will be enrolling at West Point.

The 300 acre woodland reservation has been providing mentoring and scouting programs since the 1940s.

In 2015, over 1,500 kids in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties received scouting services in 57 units from over 600 volunteer leaders.

The programs include the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Venturers and Explorers.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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