Backers of Port Townsend Scout House meet with Elks tonight

PORT TOWNSEND — A group of neighbors and Scout parents will join forces tonight to save the Scout House — used by Jefferson County boys for five generations — from being sold.

“We’ve received dozens of calls, including calls from Eagle Scouts,” said Judi Bird, leader of a group calling itself Friends of the Scout House, a log cabin built in 1931 in the city’s Morgan Hill district.

“We’ve had an offer to do all the electrical work and the plumbing.”

The group’s first meeting drew 30 neighbors, Scout parents and troop leaders to Bird’s home across the street from the log cabin.

Its first act was to send a letter to the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, which initiated talks last month with Chief Seattle Boy Scout Council to sell the cabin, which was built by community volunteers on a wooded, water-view city block that’s now worth an estimated $800,000.

The Elks have agreed to meet with representatives of the Friends tonight, but declined to comment on the status of the proposed sale.

“At this particular time, I’m not at liberty to make any comments,” said David Lindsey, head of the lodge.

“We’re going to meet with the neighbors to discuss our options with the Scout House and how we’re going to negotiate with the (Seattle) council.”

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The rest of the story appears in the Monday Peninsula Daily News Jefferson County edition.

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