A near century-old log cabin may be getting a new look in the coming months.
Thanks to the efforts of Papillion Boy Scout Troop 60, the 98-year-old log cabin that sits in City Park may soon be restored.
The troop, the oldest Boy Scout troop in Nebraska (formed in 1913), is currently in the midst of raising the estimated $30,000 it will take to properly renovate the aging cabin.
The cabin is in need of foundation work, as well as work to the chimney and patching holes in the walls.
“It’s something that’s been in the works for a few years,” said Joshua Lively, scoutmaster for Troop 60. “It’s in dire need of repairs and we don’t want to tear it down. But it’s a lot more in-depth than what we thought.”
Lively realizes $30,000 is a lofty goal, but the troop has already amassed half that total in their fundraising efforts. Thanks to help from Walmart and a grant from Union Pacific, the troop may soon have the necessary funds in hand to begin the renovation process.
Lively said he and the troop have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from people throughout the community in saving the cabin.
“We are really excited about the support we’ve received from the community and the mayor’s office,” Lively said. “This cabin is a landmark for Papillion and it’s part of the heart and soul of the community.”
Lively said the cabin was built specifically for Troop 60 nearly a century ago. The troop currently utilizes the cabin a few times throughout the year, but mostly it is used for storage. It also serves as Santa’s Worskhop during Winter Wonderland.
The troop has been working hard to make sure the cabin remains a part of Papillion’s past, as well as its future.
“It’s been exciting for the Scouts because it’s a unique service project in that they’re doing something with the community,” Lively said. “This cabin is tied to our history and we need to do our part. Not just for ourselves, but for the community.
“The running joke with Boy Scouts is that you never see them because they’re either camping in the woods or meeting in the basement of a church. But our guys want to see that change. They want people to see what they’re doing and want to be noticed.”
Lively said the troop, which consists of 70 Scouts, has been devising ways to help raise money.
“We have one boy who loves working with paracord and he came up with an idea to make dog collars made of paracord,” Lively said. “So I contacted a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs to disabled veterans. They said they would provide the materials and even buy the collars from us.
“It’s been amazing to see what these boys have come up with and to figure out how they can make things better. In Cub Scouts, the parents do most of the work but in Boy Scouts, they do things for themselves. It’s very much a youth-led organization.”
Lively said as a scoutmaste, and a parent of 11-year-old male triplets, it makes him proud to see the youth of today working to make a difference.
“They could be doing other things, but they chose to be Scouts,” he said. “This has given them an opportunity to do something for themselves and they’re eager to help.”
Lively is optimistic that once the funding comes through, they can begin work sometime in July. He’s hopeful that the project could be completed by the winter.