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New Pass Christian boy scout troop hut means new beginning

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It's the beginning of a new chapter for Pass Christian Boy Scout troop 316. Several volunteers came out on Sunday to help build the hut.

"Joy! I just didn't know they were coming yesterday and today so there's been so much progress," said charter representative of Pass Christian Rotary Club Trey Campbell.

Campbell said he didn't think this day would come.

"We're just kind of taking a leap of faith. We have an awful lot of fund raising to be done, but we just couldn't wait any longer," said Campbell.

The Rotary Club has been sponsoring troop 316 since the 1930s.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed the troop's hut more than seven years ago, forcing them to meet in a FEMA trailer. Now, there's light at the end of the tunnel thanks to a number of people.

Matt McBride is the contractor overseeing the project.

"I've done a lot of work with some of the people on the rotary club and they asked me if I would," said McBride.

His daughter Leah Watters is the architect.

"We've got a 1,200 square foot building that will be able to handle all the boy scouts," said Watters.

The hands behind the bull work are Seabees who are volunteering their help.

"We're always willing to help out the community in anyway we possibly can," said Seabee Michael Troup.

Despite their giving hearts, the funding isn't all there.

"We really need as much help as we can get," said Campbell.

"It could be done in two or three months, but it's entirely dependent on the volunteers. We're hoping that by the end of the Summer these scouts will have a new home," said Watters.

It's a hope that is looking bright thanks to the selfless work of these men who have just one message.

"I hope they enjoy it and I hope they get the most out of it. They're our future leaders. So I hope they really get the most out of it," said Troup.

That makes one man truly grateful.

"We just couldn't do it without them," said Campbell.

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