REXBURG — Local Boy Scouts and their leaders now have a place to get Scouting supplies, awards and assistance without a trip to Idaho Falls.
Boy Scouts of America has just opened a service center at 57 E. Main Street in Rexburg to support the Scouting program, especially in the local Targhee and Fort Henry districts.
Scout leaders in Grand Teton Council say one of the factors in deciding to bring the service center to Rexburg is that the Targhee District currently has about 80 percent of all scout-age boys in the area are enrolled in the program.
About 4,000 young people are involved in a variety of Scouting programs in Madison and Fremont counties.
“We're here for the volunteers, but ultimately it's all about the boy,” said Brian Stucki, the store manager.
Brian Porter, director of support services for the Grand Teton Council, said the center came together with the support of several donors and many volunteers.
“It has been a long time coming, but everything fell into place last December,” he said.
Porter said remodeling the former clothing store in the Boy Scout Service Center was made possible by generous donations from Gary and Tricia Archibald and Dr. Gary and Carolee Lovell, all of Rexburg.
Other contributions of of labor and materials were made by Shelley Acoustic, G.L. Edwards Electric, Jared Klingonsmith Skilled Carpentry, Service Masters, Leland Jensen Construction, Glass Crafters, Alton and Paula Wilde, Charles Moulton, Levi Shaffer and Nathan Foster.
The new scout center is located between The Bed Place and The Man's Image.
It's open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a lunch break each day between 1 and 2 p.m.
For more information call 208-359-8277 or 208-705-4438.