Cub Scouts hold meetings among bizarre decor at One-Stop Painting
The room is filled with a bizarre menagerie of items: a 10-foot volcano, a giant can of Aqua Net hairspray, large Lego versions of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, a large Rubik’s Cube, a massive MTV logo, and a Mardi Gras masquerade Masks and much more.
Oh, and a gigantic three tier Gothic chandelier hangs from the ceiling.
Welcome to the Cub Scout Pack 1620 meeting point. Every second Thursday, around a dozen Boy Scouts gather in the spacious One-Stop Painting and Renovating store in Plymouth. The large room is perfect for gatherings in the age of the coronavirus, as the masked youngsters can spread out and stay socially distant.
“It’s crazy,” shouts the happy Webelos scout Graham Lanning. “You can even write on the walls!”
Indeed, one of the walls in the store provides a space for inspirational messages and other mindful meanders to be written. Nine year old Graham added one of his own: “Be grateful.”
“We usually meet at a school, but that was closed to us because of COVID-19,” Pack 1620 tells Den Leader Cory Mace. “It’s so easy and convenient. It will be disinfected before we get there. The place is immaculate. We love it there. “
The shop is on loan to the Boy Scouts thanks to Jeff Cohen, owner of One-Stop Painting. He opened this museum-run room for them when he heard that they were looking for a place to hold meetings.
“The Boy Scouts came to Rotary and asked if we knew of any local businesses that had space they could use until COVID-19 is over and their regular facility is open again. I know this is a little unorthodox, but I have ample space here in my very large commercial location in Camelot Park. We hold company meetings with tables and chairs for 30 people. I thought it would suit them well. “
The scouts love it. The unusual decor – which includes leftover props from floats that Cohen built for parades in Plymouth – is the perfect backdrop for young fantasies.
“The kids love it,” says Mace. “They think it’s so cool with all the floats and parade decorations. It’s like ‘Where’s Waldo’ for them trying to figure out what movie, story, or moment in the story those things came from. “
Cohen said the Boy Scouts use the shop and break room at his facility. His staff clean it thoroughly before they arrive, and he even offers refreshments, including soda, water, and more.
“We offer almost every snack known to man in the break room,” he says. “There’s also a full coffee station with biscotti, although I’m sure the scouts don’t need the caffeine. This is mainly for the crew, customers and friends. “
Cohen is offering the space for free, though he’s looking for some sort of payback. The man who builds floats is hoping this year’s parade will resume on July 4th when COVID-19 resigns.
“I would like to put together a car for the Boy Scouts,” he says. “They are very excited about it, so I keep my fingers crossed that we have the parade this year.”
Mace says her teenage charges are ready to take part.
“Jeff told them he’d like to have a Pinewood Derby float for them,” she says. “You are so excited.”