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Capital campaign under way for local Boy Scouts

July 14, 2010

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"

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Several unique ways to recognize donors have been created. Eagle Scouts can have their name placed on the Charles Miller Family Eagle Scout Wall for a donation of $500, payable over five years. "This is a great way to recognize achieving the highest rank in Scouting. With over 1,200 Eagle Scouts living in the Mason-Dixon Council, there will be an amazing display of leaders on the wall," Barbernitz said.

Recognition is also available on the "Builder of Men" wall. On display in the new dining hall are pictures of those individuals who have influenced generations of youth through Scouting. The donation level for this honor is $5,000, payable over five years. "When former Scouts and their parents look back at the gift of time their Scoutmasters gave to them and the positive influence Scouting has had on their lives, this recognition opportunity excites them," Barbernitz said.

The Mason-Dixon Council serves nearly 3,500 youth in Washington, Fulton and Franklin counties. For information on local Scouting opportunities or for information about the dining hall campaign, contact the local Council office at 301-739-1211.

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