Volunteers repair Boy Scout Hut in Westlake

By Crystal Price - bio | email

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - For the group "Local-106 Builders and Trade," Saturday was a day of hard work for a good cause.

That's because on December 12th the group came together with other local volunteers to repair the Boy Scout Hut in Westlake.

"Not only is it an icon of Westlake, but it is also an icon of southwest Louisiana," says Jeff Hunsicker, the Assistant Scout Master of Troop 86. "I am an Eagle Scout, I have three brothers who are Eagle Scouts all out of troop 86 right here."

When Hunsicker found out the building was encountering problems, he knew he had to do something about it.

"There's been a big push to keep this place stabilized and working," says Hunsicker.

Termites have begun weakening the walls of the facility in recent years.

But today J & J Exterminating came out to take care of the problem.

"We're going to do an entire termite treatment on the building," says Barry Barker, a field inspector for J & J Exterminating.

Meanwhile members of the Local 106 organization built new walls for the hut.

"We have brought out apprentices, electricians, and laborers from southwest Louisiana to give back to their community today," says Richard Paulk, the Training Coordinator for Local 106.

The groups hard work is mending back together a place that does good for so many.

"At the hut I was introduced to a path that enlightened me," says Hunsicker. "I think it establishes good goals and morals for our youth in the community."

Thanks to faithful volunteers, the facility will be ready once again to give back those very things to the community.

Saturday the group completed repairing the sides of the building.

They plan to start replacing the roof on Sunday.

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