Michael Dubner, a Boy Scout from Troop 97 in New City, came to Camp Venture with a plant to improve their Main Street Day Habilitation program. “One of Main Street’s biggest fundraisers is selling plants that they grow themselves throughout the year,” explained Dubner.
His idea was to help them do that better through improved facilities, as the Main Street program had two greenhouses and surrounding property in need of repair and updating.
Dubner’s project scope was ambitious. It involved landscaping improvements to the grounds and the construction of a bigger and better replacement greenhouse. The new growing space would be covered by polycarbonate panels designed to save heating costs and which would end the need to recover the greenhouse every year with polytarp material. It would also need a custom storm door along with a vent and fan in order to maintain the proper temperature to keep the plants healthy.
Dubner would also plant arborvitae, a decorative landscape shrub, along the fence of Main Street yard to clean up the property and offer some privacy from the major roads that boarder the backyard. The final part of the project was the construction of a pergola for the front of the facility. This would be a place where the Main Street residents could sit and relax, especially in warmer weather. Dubner notes: “This project was one of the most challenging yet memorable parts of my scouting career. I had so much help along the way!”
“It’s a pretty remarkable project,” said Camp Venture Executive Director, Dan Lukens. “It’s an amazing testament not only to Michael’s community spirit, but also to his skill and leadership. We are very grateful and congratulate Michael on project completion!”