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SUHBA and Boy Scouts of America combine efforts to build Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek
The Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA) has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to coordinate the construction of a new, 4,000-square-foot training center and outdoor amphitheater at the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek.
The center will include a full commercial kitchen, restrooms, showers and seating for up to 200 people, in addition to a large outdoor amphitheater. The facility will be open to groups for camps, trainings, youth conferences and any community groups who can benefit from the space.
“With all the resources available at the new center, it really will be an amazing asset to the community,” said Paul Tikalsky, BSA Southern Utah Field Director and Development Specialist. “This service project will benefit thousands of youth in our community.”
The BSA has a long-term lease on 92 acres at the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek, and in the last few years they started adding amenities, including power, picnic tables and camping sites around the area. They began construction on the center using local funds, contributions and partnerships. With the support of SUHBA and local volunteers, the center is now well underway.
“We are very grateful for our partnership with SUHBA, who we have been working hand in hand with to get materials ready for this facility,” Tikalsky said. “This is a volunteer project, and they have been a great partner to us.”
The Boy Scouts have a long history of serving in the southern Utah area. In 2015, over 455 young men completed their Eagle projects, putting back over a half million dollars in local community projects. In addition, scouts brought in over 200,000 pounds of food with their annual “Scouting for Food” drive, supporting the Utah Food Bank.
“This project at Quail Creek is only the beginning of further expansions,” Tikalsky added. “Its impact will leave a legacy for years to come.”
According to Tikalsy, plans for the next phase of expansion include adding activities and events to encourage team building and leadership training. There are plans for adding a zipline, climbing and rapelling towers, a ropes course and individual shelters and expanding current campsites.
This service project, along with several other SUHBA Home Builders Care projects, will continue to leave a lasting legacy in the community. Please consider becoming involved to support this important project. If you would like to become involved, please call SUHBA at 435-674-1400, or Paul Tikalsky or Bob Gowans with the BSA at 435-628-5172.