Group wants to replace 'Scout Hut' with new facility

  • Wayne Knuckles/The Clayton Tribune. Ron Broz and Kaitlyn Craig, along with Tom Buckridge and local Scouts Alex Dizon and Liam Broz, show a rendering of a proposed new youth facility for Rabun County at a capital campaign kickoff last recently at Sunday Diner.
    Wayne Knuckles/The Clayton Tribune. Ron Broz and Kaitlyn Craig, along with Tom Buckridge and local Scouts Alex Dizon and Liam Broz, show a rendering of a proposed new youth facility for Rabun County at a capital campaign kickoff last recently at Sunday Diner.
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CLAYTON—A local non-profit group launched a capital campaign last week to raise funds for a new home for Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts and other youth organizations in Rabun County.

The Scouts have been without a permanent home since the “Scout Hut” was condemned and torn down by the county commission several years ago.

“It was part of the old high school before it burned down,” said Ronald Broze, local Troop 19 scoutmaster and chairman of the board of Rabun Youth Educational Support, Inc. (RabunYES). “Once that happened, everybody had to scatter to the winds and move into whatever room they could with whatever for as long as they could. I think people did not realize how much they depended on that building. That precipitated RabunYES. We started talking about it as soon as we stopped reeling from the loss of the Scout Hut.”

The groups is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization that was founded in 2016 but really began to gain momentum last year, said Tom Buckridge, RabunYES treasurer and assistant scoutmaster for Troop 19. “We’ve both been active in scouting, but our enjoyment is in training youth in general.”

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