Scout House has new siding, windows

By Brian Paynter Reporter
Last summer, the Scout House in Rock Ledge Park underwent about $50,000 in repairs.
Employees from the public works department spent one month replacing the walls and windows.
Dan Vervoort, an independent contractor in Kaukauna, installed prefinished log siding to preserve the original appearance of the exterior.
“People are very happy with it,” Vivian Treml said about the improvements. “It had to be done, otherwise the building was going to deteriorate even more.”
Treml, a former Girl Scout leader, has been affiliated with the house for 50 years.
She continues to schedule all of the scout meetings and group reservations for the building.
“It’s really the only privately enclosed space that we have in town where people can go,” Treml said.
During the summer, birthday parties, family reunions, graduations and weddings are held at the house.
“We’ve had a lot of compliments from people who have been using it for get-togethers for so many years,” Treml said.
City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Thiel said it costs $100 for anyone to reserve the house.
That money goes into city revenue which offsets expenditures for maintaining, heating and lighting the structure, Thiel said.
Treml said the fireplace and some doors still need to be fixed.
Public works director John Schoen said he and the Public Property Committee are examining options for repairing or updating the fireplace.
Ten years ago, a new roof was installed and two exterior bathrooms on the west side were made accessible from the interior, Schoen said.
“That building was built by Scout families and contractors through (about $15,000 in) donations,” Treml said.
She handed a visitor a faded and fragile typewritten article from 1963. It’s titled “Scout Building: Youth Dream in Operation for Ten Years.”
In it, Walter A. Smith wrote that “Seymour will observe the 10th anniversary of its Scout House, a building made possible by the vision and enthusiasm of its citizens interested in youth.”
According to Smith’s article, men, women and boys pitched in with constructing the house in 1952. Senior Boy Scouts helped lay the concrete basement floor and hauled flagstones from the quarry. Masons used the stones to build the fireplace. Four wagon wheels converted into electric chandeliers provided light for the recreation room. The house also features a committee room and storeroom. There were four washrooms, two of which were accessible from the outside when the building was closed. The house was finished in 1953, according to Smith’s article.
“Seymour would be lost if we didn’t have it because so many families use it,” Treml said.
To reserve the house for a special event, call 920-833-2663.
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The Scout House in Rock Ledge Park recently underwent about $50,000 in repairs. The public works department replaced the walls and windows. Dan Vervoort, an independent contractor in Kaukauna, installed prefinished log siding to preserve the original appearance of the exterior. Photo by Brian Paynter