Boy Scout Troop 91 and Cub Scout Pack 92 of Henrietta have begun work on a property that will soon serve as home for the organization.
Members recently set corner posts for a fence to surround the property, the first step in getting the project underway. Once complete, the scouts will have a 4,800 square-foot facility, located at 101 W. Travis St., Henrietta, for meetings and other scouting events.
Acquiring the one-acre property has been a long process for the scouts.
Boy Scout Troop 91 was founded in 1928, but has never owned it’s own “hut,” said Scoutmaster Joe Bill Brock. Instead, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Henrietta barrowed facilities from various civic organizations, including churches and the Clay County Senior Citizens’ Center.
But that was set to change in April 2012 when the Henrietta Boy Scouts accepted a donation of one acre near the rodeo grounds. But the donation fell through. Not long after the search for a new location began, a Clay County ranching family, Vance Dugger and Rosemary Dugger-Brown, stepped up, donating a piece of pasture land on the south side of town.
While the deed was researched, it was discovered that a portion of the Dugger donation belonged to the City of Henrietta, and had since 1894. The city-owned portion — Lots 8. 9. 10 and 23 of the Barretts Addition — were needed to access the donated property.
Aldermen approved sale of the property during the February meeting of the Henrietta City Council.
Troop 91 and Pack 92 recently incorporated under the name Henrietta Boy Scouts, and have since applied for nonprofit status.
The organization has been approved for matching fund grants from the Bryant Edwards Foundation, and has received funds from the Perkins-Prothro Foundation of Wichita Falls.
Henrietta Boy Scouts will hold fundraisers throughout the construction period in an effort to collect the matching funds necessary. The organization is now selling raffle tickets for a Henry Golden Boy rifle commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Boys Scouts of America. Tickets are $20 each and available through the Henrietta Boy Scouts and at O’Malley Arms in Henrietta.