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Living up to its motto, the local Boy Scouts council is ready to share its new home with the community.

The Boy Scouts of America Georgia-Carolina Council closed on the former site of the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans in November, and the council wasted no time making itself at home.

More importantly, the facility, which is operating as the Georgia Carolina Nature and Adventure Center, will continue as a home for community activities.

In December, the Boy Scouts partnered with Bechtel Corporation to hold an event where Scouts could earn one of three STEM-based merit badges – electricity, engineering or space exploration.

Participants included more than 45 Scouts from 14 BSA troops in Columbia, Richmond and Aiken counties, and five engineers from Bechtel led the sessions.

Dan Rogers, scout executive, says the facility on the 26-acre property will offer five primary activities – Scout programs, eight weeks of day camp, school-based curriculum programming, community programs and conference room rental for local groups.

In addition to the 230-seat banquet hall/conference room, the facility includes a pool, a commercial kitchen, a pond, wooded land and more. The council offices and store are housed at the location as well.

“We see this as a great opportunity to be a much more engaged partner in the community,” says Rogers. “We can offer resources and facilities that we’ve never had before.”

As part of its community outreach, the council is holding a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid Training course that is open to medical and non-medical individuals January 29-30. The course will be taught by Dr. David Fitzpatrick, an emergency department and family physician who has led multiple treks in the Himalayas, Rockies and Appalachians. He also was a physician at the base camp at Mount Everest during the 2015 avalanche.

The course will cover practical skills such as awareness of hazards to prevent accidents and medical problems; performing a basic physical exam; treating fractures and injuries; preventing and treating environmental problems such as heat, cold, lightning and near drowning; obtaining a medical history through vital signs and improvising without the option of hospital care or other aid. CPR is a prerequisite for the session.

For more information, visit gacacouncil.org.