New Scout House in Denver nearing completion

By on July 29, 2015

Denver native Brian Shober proudly inspected the new, 1,000 square foot Scout house, located on higher ground in Denver Memorial Park.
“The interior is ready for dry wall, and the new facility has heat and air-conditioning. There’s a meeting room, kitchen, office, storage area and two restrooms,” explained Shober.
“We’re calling it the Shober Family Scout House, not cabin, due to all the amenities the new Scout home offers.”

Photo by Alice Hummer Brian Shober stands in front of Denver's "Shober Family Scout House." Shober coordinated funding and construction of the new Scout facility on higher ground in Denver Park after the former Boy Scout cabin in the park was destroyed by flooding.

Photo by Alice Hummer
Brian Shober stands in front of Denver’s “Shober Family Scout House.” Shober coordinated funding and construction of the new Scout facility on higher ground in Denver Park after the former Boy Scout cabin in the park was destroyed by flooding.

The former cabin was located at one of the lowest elevations in the park. It was declared a total loss after flooding a second time four years ago.
When FEMA monies did not stretch far enough to consider building a new cabin, Brian Shober and his extended family spearheaded an effort, with an initial gift of $50,000, to build a new structure in the park on ground not prone to flooding.
“To date we have $101,000 in donations,” said Shober. “What we need is the remaining $5,000 to $6,000, especially since initially we hadn’t counted on macadam for the parking area, and that’s needed.
“People from all over the region have been very generous. We’ve had workmen come on site, and after they learn what we’re doing, they donate their services. In other cases, former Scouts living out of the area, have written and contributed donations because they say they just learned about the project.”
Locally, all professionals working on the project, beginning with the architect, have donated substantial time and materials. Retired carpenters and other tradesmen have donated hundreds of hours of labor. Denver Borough has aided construction and will contribute services when the project’s finished.
When Shober’s father Ed was Scoutmaster and all five of his sons were Scouts, the troop encompassed the adjacent communities, like Reamstown, Schoeneck, and Reinholds.
“Dad had as high as 50 to 60 kids in the troop at one time. The Scout Cabin was a focal point for troop activities, family activities and overnight camp-outs,” said Shober.
“Dad helped the other towns start their own Boy Scout troops, and today there are strong troops in Schoeneck, Reamstown, and Reinholds.”
Shober said the Scout House is for everyone’s use, including other troops and community groups.
“The Park Board will hold meetings here, and the Denver Fair Committee may meet here,” he said.
Target date for project completion is sometime this fall with a dedication in spring 2016.

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