A bonanza in the form of a building has come the way of the George Washington Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The Heinemann Electric Company is giving the Boy Scouts a building on route 1 which was the old Howard Johnson Restaurant. The Scouts will use it as a headquarters.
A Heinemann officer said, "It was a unanimous action by the company and we're pleased to do it."
Judge Arthur S. Lane, president of the George Washington Council, said "We are delighted with the generosity of the officers and board members of the Heinemann Electric Company. The building they have given to Scouting will make a marvelous headquarters and service center and is ideally located."
A Good Six Months
It has been a good six months for the Scout Council. Last September Colonel and Mrs. Kenneth McIntosh of Princeton donated their well-known 219-acre estate on Goat Hill Road in West Amwell Township to the Boy Scouts
The estate is being developed as a Scout training center for weekend camping of Boy Scouts and Explorers and as a picnic area for Cub Scouts and their parents.
"These gifts represent two of the finest contributions to Scouting in our region (New Jersey and New York)" said Leroy V. Brown, Scout Executive.
The former restaurant will give the Scout council, presently located at 939 Parkside Avenue, sorely needed office space for the executive and office staff of the George Washington Council. It will be rebuilt to suit the council's needs.
Brown says that the new office will be an attraction to all those interested in Scouting.
At the headquarters there will be pictures of local Scouting activities and varied exhibits. Scouting records will be kept there and Scouts who are eligible will be able to purchase badges.
Brown expects that many tourists will stop at the new office, some out of curiosity, some to glance at the literature, some to pick up a local camp emblem to take back home with them.
One Out Of Three
"One out of three people in this country is Scout-minded," said Brown.
There will be space available for staff conferences, council meetings and for the professional and clerical staff. Presently, George Washington Council employs 11 full-time office and executive personnel.
Plans for renovation of the former restaurant are already underway. James Kerney Jr., publisher of the Times Newspapers, is chairman of the building committee. Also serving are B.S. Berlin, president of Heinemann; Joseph Carchidi of Trenton and Richard Chorlton of Princeton, both architects; Leslie Brown, E.T. Comly 2nd, Lloyd Carver, Carl Kurlander, Leroy Brown, Richard J.S. Barlow, attorney, and Arthur N. Curtiss of Princeton, Council finance chairman.
In addition to the two recent gifts, the council owns and operates Pahaquarra Scout Reservation, an 1,100-acre training camp near the Delaware Water Gap and Camp Buck, 11 acres in Hunterdon County.
Pahquarra Scout Reservation is open in the Summer and a total of 1,800 boys each year enjoy a week of Scout craft training, archery, riflery, canoeing, swimming and handicrafts.
The George Washington Council currently serves 7,100 registered boys, aged eight to 18. They are divided into 205 Cub Packs, Scout Troops and Explorer Units throughout Mercer, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.