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Dublin scouts raise money for new roof, summer camp

Dublin scouts prepare plates Saturday.

It’s been a bit more than two years since the project began to refurbish the Dublin Scout Hut and a little more than a year ago that the log cabin at the end of Fifth Street was officially reopened for use.

These days, Troop 622 and its leaders, Alex Hursey and Tony Parnell, are working to maintain the facility that was built in the mid-1950s.

Saturday, scout members served barbecue and chicken plates to help raise money to put a new roof on the hut and to offset the cost of summer camp at Camp Bowers.

The roof has begun to leak in spots following heavy rains, Hursey said. Parnell said the cost for putting on a new roof is about $5,000. He said some of the old wood will need to be replaced before putting on new shingles. Businesses and people in the community have made donations for the project. Saturday’s plate sale was another way to reach the needed funding.

There were 125 plates sold Saturday, Parnell said. The troop also delivered about 150 plates to businesses Friday for lunch since Bladen County schools released students shortly after noon. The troop raised about $1,000 for roof repairs and $800 for summer camp fees from the two-day event, Parnell said.

The Dublin Scout Hut was used for about 40 years after being built in the 1950s, then sat idle for about 20 years before being brought back to life in 2015.

Scott Parnell, front, and Cole Dowless deliver plates to Edna Suggs.
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