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1600 Block of Washington St

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NAMES
Historic Name:Prentice Boy Scout Cabin
Reference Number:100001857
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):1600 Block of Washington St
County:Price
City/Village:Prentice
Township:
SUMMARY
Prentice Boy Scout Cabin
1600 Block of Washington Street
Village of Prentice, Price County
Date of Construction 1959

In June of 1959 construction began on the Prentice Boy Scout Cabin in a small city owned park adjacent to the Jump River. This small park, known as Boy Scout Park, is situated on the land between Washington Street and the Jump River. Here the scouts could hold their meetings, fish, swim, and canoe in the Jump River. The 19’ by 24’, one-story, front-gable cabin is built with round pine logs or poles that are placed in an upright position, side-by-side, covering the exterior walls on each side of the cabin.

As the nineteenth century grew to a close, America’s parents, along with state and national officials, worried about the future of young men from the age of ten to eighteen. Many communities felt obligated to provide their young men the opportunity to become a Boy Scout. In many instances, this was achieved by the community building a cabin for the sole purpose of providing a place for Boy Scout meetings and activities. The Prentice Boy Scout Cabin became a place for fun activities, but it also served as a venue for moral and social lessons. The desired mission of the Prentice Boy Scouts was to provide a social environment where activities could give structure and direction for young men.

The Prentice Boy Scout Cabin project taught the real life experience of fund raising and teamwork. A true community effort, including churches and service clubs, worked together to ensure the success of the Prentice scouting program. Residents donated money and items for a scout auction. Working alongside their community leaders and their fathers, it was also a hands-on lesson in the construction of a cabin.

The Prentice Boy Scout Cabin continues to contribute to the social welfare of the young men of the area. It continues to fulfill its original mission by offering educational and recreational opportunity. The Prentice Boy Scout Cabin experience became the catalyst for a lifetime of making friends and creating fond memories. The Boy Scouts of America formulated the perfect combination of value based educational activities combined with fun.

PROPERTY FEATURES
Period of Significance:1959-1967
Area of Significance:Social History
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Social: Clubhouse
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Architectural Style:Other
Resource Type:Building
DESIGNATIONS
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:11/24/2017
State Register Listing Date:02/24/2017
NUMBER OF RESOURCES WITHIN PROPERTY
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
RECORD LOCATION
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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