ribbon cutting

December 7, 2011
Tumilowicz Center for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts is dedicated
The Blackhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois today hosted an open house at their new shared service Center at 2820 McFarland Road. The building was opened to the public and the new center name "Tumilowicz Center for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts" was unveiled, recognizing the generous contributions made by the Dr. Kristoffer and Patti Tumilowicz family.

Campaign donors, scout families, chamber and city dignitaries and supporters of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts gathered to celebrate the open house. The Tumilowicz Center houses administrative offices and the organizations' respective stores.

building

April 13, 2011
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Purchase Property to House Shared Administrative Offices
The Blackhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois today announced the collaborative purchase of the property at 2820 McFarland Road to serve as a shared space for administrative offices and the organizations’ respective stores.

The building (formerly the home of Rockford Title) was purchased for $1.175 million, which allowed the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to save $1 million from their original capital plan. The groups’ initial plan was to raise $4.5 million to build a single, multi-purpose building for administrative offices program and training services on six acres of land donated by Dr. Armer Swanson and his family. The purchase of the McFarland Road building allows them to reduce their capital campaign goal from $4.5 million to $3.5 million. The building is anticipated to be ready for business by early fall 2011.

The groups now plan to build a smaller 6,000-square-foot program and training facility on the donated Swanson land, which will provide more open space for outdoor youth activities like overnight camping, badge work, etc. This building will serve as program and training space for the nearly 40,000 Boy and Girl Scouts and more than 10,000 adult volunteers.