ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The Muskingum Valley Council Boy Scouts of America held a groundbreaking ceremony for their expansion and renovation project.
Zanesville Mayor Jeff Tilton, Muskingum County Commissioners as well as other officials attended the symbolic ceremony. The $1.2 million project will be completed in three phases, a massive upgrade that executive director, Ed Mulholland said is necessary to keep up with modern times.
“For 50 years we’ve used the building we’re in it really is just not meeting the needs of scouting today, so we’ve broken ground on the first phase of an expansion and renovation that will help us provide scouting programs for the next 50 years,” said Mulholland.
Phase one will construct a storage building, phase two will expand the training and conference space and phase three will renovate the scout shop and remainder of the 50-year-old building.
“Since the original building was constructed, over 50,000 young men and their families have gone through the scouting program here in Zanesville. And through that, they have learned character building, developed self-confidence, learned leadership skills and gone on to do great things,” said Mulholland.
The council has been campaigning for about five years and has raised $480,000 but they are still working to raise the last $600,000 to complete the final phase.
For more information about the boy scouts of to donate to the campaign, visit their website at http://www.muskingumvalleycouncil.com/.