Cayman Scouting will soon have a new place to learn, play and call their own.
The new headquarters at 34 Middle Road, George Town, is scheduled for completion in August, with the scouts hoping to take up occupancy by September this year.
The building, which cost slightly more than $600,000 to erect, replaces the old government structure now used by the Scouts, which was damaged during Hurricane Ivan.
The building will also be home for the Girl Guides and the Girls Brigade and will include office space, a general assembly hall, a computer room, Scout shop and meeting and training rooms.
Government has leased the property to the Cayman Islands Scouts Association at a peppercorn rate for 33 years, with the option to renew twice more for a total of 99 years.
“The Scout Association has not had a stable place of operation since the advent of hurricane Ivan, and so this facility provides a much-needed home … This will provide a venue where parents, guests and Scouting visitors to the Island can be accommodated,” said Scouts Executive Commissioner Winston Hayle.
Scouts Commissioner Orrett Connor said, “It is extremely important that we make scouting alive and relevant to the Cayman Islands today. However, in order for us to do that, he said we have to give the kids the support they need.
The Scouts got a big push toward building the headquarters recently when the AaLL Foundation, a Norwegian charitable trust, donated US$45,000 toward construction.