Guard and Reserve Rehab Camp Hinds

RAYMOND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Camp William Hinds in Raymond is receiving a major face lift thanks to the cooperative efforts of a Department of Defense initiative. More than 500 troops from Reserve and Guard units of the Army, Air Force and Marines will come to Maine to provide the expertise.

"We are so excited," said Eric Tarbox an executive with the Pine Tree Council. "Someday, this year's campers will bring their children here and boast that they were here the summer that the soldiers came."

The Scout Council has worked with the DOD to come up with a plan. It includes a new dining hall, cabins, shooting ranges, roads, parking lots and a bridge.

The building materials alone will cost the Scouts more than a million dollars. No price is put on the labor of the engineering outfits that will be coming to Maine. Soldiers will be coming from across the country to fulfill their responsibilities.

The local council is anxious to increase its emphasis on outdoor activities. The military units are practicing for their next deployment. said Chief Master Sergeant Jeff Talaga of Bay City, Michigan who has already down one tour in Afrghanistan. "I'd like to think we train like we fight. Obviously, in a training environment, we slow the pace down a bit, but certainly everything we do, especially from a civil engineering standpoint from the ground up definitely correlates to what we can do overseas."

The work will continue at Camp Hinds all summer.


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