Scouts at Camp Yawgoog will mark a milestone in the Camp’s 106th season by hosting a ribbon-cutting on Saturday, August 14th for the new Three Point Dining Hall. The new facility replaces Sharpe Lodge, where tens of thousands of Scouts have gathered since 1924. 

Camp alumni donated $95,000 in a special campaign timed with the dedication of the new dining hall. More than 120 donors from a dozen states supported the project. These funds sponsored the furnishings of the new dining hall including benches, Adirondack chairs, tables, the Medallion Board, the Stage, and the Staff Lounge furnishings. The support also helped general operations last year, enabling virtual and at-home programming, volunteer training, Scout recognition, mobile activities, and more.

The new Dining Hall is also semi-winterized and able to serve youth and adults with year-round programming. The kitchen meets higher, modern standards for food preparation and safety as well as dietary restrictions.

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Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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