The Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America is in the "Victory Phase" of a $1.4 million capital campaign.
The campaign was designed to bring the Michael G. Callas Memorial Dining Hall at Camp Sinoquipe to reality.
"The new dining hall opened last summer and is an incredible improvement" said Mark Barbernitz, Scout executive of the Mason-Dixon Council. "Meeting the seating demands each week during the summer was not possible in the former 60-year-old structure. The Council's Executive Board took the bold step to move forward with construction to better serve the youth."
In previous years, many campers had to eat their camp meals outside due to lack of space. The new handicapped-accessible facility seats 300 and includes shower and restroom facilities on the lower level. The new facility is available year-round for Scouting and other groups to enjoy.
"The community and the Council Executive Board have really stepped up to support this worthy cause" said Council President Jeanne Singer. "The Callas Foundation recently presented a matching gift proposal that has excited the Board and the public. A 50 percent match on each dollar given (up to $200,000) helps people realize the increased strength of giving to this project"