Since 1955, Scout Cabin on Taber Knolls Road has served the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts of Pawling by providing area youth with a safe environment to learn about teamwork, civic responsibility, and community service. Situated on the Smith Johnson Scout Reservation, Scout Cabin has long been a meeting place for area scout troops and hosts of variety of activities. Unfortunately, over time the roof has become worn, and the scouting community is now looking for support to fund the much-needed repairs.
The roof of Scout Cabin will need a complete replacement, including shingles and plywood that are over thirty years old. “The roof is in pretty poor shape,” explains Scoutmaster Kevin Greco. “It’s still stable, but we really need to replace it. We got plenty of life out of it.” Scouting officials are currently seeking a number of avenues, including pursuing grant funding, to raise the estimated $17,000 needed to replace the building’s roof.
To help facilitate the renovations, the scouting community held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser last month. The event was well attended and raised more than $2,000 toward the completion of the project. “Slowly but surely, it’s happening,” says Greco.
Recently, the Pawling Rotary Club joined forces with the scouting community to assist with fundraising efforts. Earlier this month, they began their “Jingle for the Shingles” campaign for the Scout Cabin. Supporters can purchase a figurative bundle of shingles to help alleviate the cost of repairs. Fifty dollars will purchase one bundle, and $150 buys a square (three bundles) – but all donations are gratefully accepted.
“This will be the big project for 2019,” adds Greco. “But we can’t do it without the support of the community.” Anyone interested in donating to Scout Cabin can visit PawlingScoutCabin.org online.