With the donation of a property in south Henrietta, Boy Scout Troop 91 and Cub Scout Pack 92 could soon have a permanent home.
In April, the scouts made plans to build a scout hut on a one-acre property donated to Troop 91, but the donation fell through. Not long after the search for a new location began, a Clay County ranching family stepped up to help.
In August, Vance Dugger and Rosemary Dugger-Brown deeded a lot the size of a city block to the scouts. The property is located in the 100 block of W. Travis Street.
Now the scouts are asking for support from the community to raise the funds needed for construction of a 4,800 square foot building. Scouts will hold a fundraiser Saturday during Pioneer Reunion. For a donation of $50, families can have their brand added to a board that will be displayed in the new scout hut. The fundraiser will be held at Troop 91’s current location, a meeting room on the west side of The Rock Barn, located at 100 E. Wichita St.
“This is a momentous occasion,” said Scoutmaster Joe Bill Brock. “We would like to have the county and community involved because several of our members are generational.”
Troop 91 has been in existence since 1928, said Brock, and has never owned its own scout hut. The Troop 91 and Cub Scout Pack 92 have always met at locations owned by other organizations, such as the Clay County Senior Citizens Center. Currently, the troop meets at the Rock Barn, owned by Duaine and Theresa Covert.
In its 84-year history, Troop 91 has served Henrietta and the surrounding area as a civic organization by completing a number of community improvement projects each year. Troop 91 completed its most recent project, cleaning and repainting the chamber of commerce marquee on the Clay County Courthouse Lawn, on Aug. 25.
Brock said they began the project on Tuesday, Aug. 21 by washing the marquee with a fire truck, and each scout had the opportunity to man the hose. On Saturday, the project was wrapped up, with the Clay County providing paint and supplies, and scouts providing the labor.
There are more than 100 youth are involved in scouting in Henrietta. The construction of a new Scout Hut would allow the organization room to continue to grow. Troop 91 and Pack 92 has recently incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the name Henrietta Boy Scouts, and has applied for 501c3 status.
The organization has been approved for up to $80,000 in a matching grant from the Bryant Edwards Foundation, and has received funding from the Perkins-Prothro Foundation of Wichita Falls. The Boy Scouts are seeking additional funds from the Priddy Foundation. To date, the organization has been promised approximately $35,000 in donations, mostly through in-kind services.