The dedication of the new Frederic C. Hamilton Scout Headquarters in the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, took place on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10 a.m. located at 10455 W. 6th Avenue. As the Boy Scouts of America approaches their 100 year celebration in 2010, they take great pride in past accomplishments and rich history, and look forward to a bright future of continuing scouting’s contributions to its members, families and the community. This new scouting facility is not only a more efficient place to conduct scouting’s business today, but well into the future.
This 52,000 square foot facility is known as the Frederic Hamilton Scout Headquarters in recognition of longtime Denver Area Council Trustee, Fred Hamilton, whose generous lead gift in the capital campaign was instrumental in making this project possible. This new facility has already proven itself to be a modern, up to date council service center and headquarters that has created significant efficiencies for both staff and over 10,000 volunteer leaders working with nearly 60,000 youth members throughout the communities the Denver Boy Scouts serve. In addition to conference rooms for both small and large groups, a new scout shop has been added with over 3,000 square feet providing greater selection and variety of merchandise.
The architectural planning and design firm, Intergroup Architects and general contractor, Fransen/Pittman did an excellent job in their work. A project of this magnitude would not have been possible without the support and generosity reflecting the outstanding commitment and example of so many.
The dedication of this building marks an important milestone in the history of scouting in this community. It is a symbol of a commitment that the Denver Boy Scouts has made to the young people and families of the Front Range to provide a program to young people that, in a time when our youth need something positive, scouting offers opportunities that are fundamental to their development. “The way we help children grow and learn in scouting is by helping them live the values we teach. By doing so we are able to create change, not just by solving a problem, but by building the foundation for a better future,” said Jeff Herrmann, Scout Executive of the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
As a special gift for the dedication, M. Doak Jacoway and his family donated a beautiful bronze statue of what the sculptor described as the “ideal scout” located at the front of the building. The sculptor was Dr.R. Tait Mckenzie. This statue was cast from the original mold made by Dr. Mckenzie in 1937. In 1908, William D. Boyce, a Chicago newspaper publisher was on a business trip to London, when he got lost in the fog. A young boy came to his rescue and was able to help him find the address he was looking for. When Boyce and the boy arrived at the destination, in the typical American way, Boyce offered the boy a tip. The boy refused and said he was a scout and was required to do a good turn daily. This would be his good turn. The statue stands as a reminder of the story of the ideal, but unknown scout … and the commitment the Denver Boy Scouts is making in the greater Denver community.
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This was a news release from Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.