Making room at the Boy Scouts' Utah National Parks Council offices is more difficult these days following the recent expansion of the Scout Shop.
The much-needed expansion has forced office staff into more cramped work areas, and no immediate relief is in sight."This building we're in has served us well since 1954." said Rees Falkner, Executive Director of the National Parks Council. "It is now functionally obsolete and extremely crowded. We are now servicing 41,000 Scouts and 16,000 leaders."
Falkner said the Parks Council has been searching for the past three years for other space to move to, or for land to build on, but money is tight and donors are not coming out of the woodwork.
"We are using aggressive patience in looking for a suitable site to move to," he said. "Our problem is that we are not able to provide the services we'd like to . . . ."
A two- or three-acre site is being sought. Plans for the site include a green belt, a building that would house offices and conference rooms, an outdoor training area, a full-service store and parking.
"We are looking at several options," Falkner said. "Those options would include property sales, foundation grants and donations. If we can fund through outside sources, we will be able to take care of the building from within."
The National Parks Council has activities going on every day of the year within its 72,000-square-mile area. It sponsors five scout camps, day camps and two high adventure bases.
"Our priorities are to get back to serving the boys and the leaders," he said. "Although the building we're in won't handle upward growth, the climate may not be suitable just yet to move forward on a new building."
Whatever happens in the near future, Falkner believe that the council's patience will pay off. Falkner expects to see some building changes by 1990.