Letter: Scout cabin central to Darien's scouting program- structure damage, expansion needed

To the Editor:

Darien Scout Troops 35 and 53 are proud to call The Andrew Shaw Memorial Scout Cabin our home. Most troops throughout the country do not have a special asset such as their own land and Scout Cabin. We believe this rare resource of ours is one of the reasons why we have such a successful program, well above average number of Eagle Scouts, and a multitude of dedicated volunteers.

The Scout Cabin is the central core of our program. It is a valued home for Scouts, a place where they build community, gain training, test their leadership and emergency preparedness skills, plan community service, and more. It is also a central place to hold equipment, keep advancement records, and store our 103-year old history. However, the existing cabin has major structural issues including a crumbling foundation and requires major repairs. Due to FEMA regulations, there are financial limitations on the improvements that can be made. A new Cabin, on our property, relocated away from the stream is the best path for the future.

For more than a century Darien Scouting has been an honored tradition in our town. The right choice is to build a new flood proof cabin with the space, functionality, and technology needed for both current programs and future growth, including the addition of a troop for girls.

Please support our efforts to build a new Cabin for the next century of Darien Scouting.

Yours in Scouting,

Troop 35 & 53 Scouts and parents