Historic Scout hall being rebuilt after damage from flood

Workers are raising the roof on one the most beloved Scout halls in Alberta.

Rideau Park hall was built in 1927

Kevin Mullen is working on rebuilding the Sara Scout Hall, which is next to his house. (Neil Herland/CBC)

Workers are raising the roof on one the most beloved Scout halls in Alberta.

The Sara Scout Hall was heavily damaged during the flood last year but is now being rebuilt thanks to donations.

They're rebuilding the circa-1927 Sara Scout Hall near the Elbow River in Rideau Park.

It's named after Frederic Sara, who helped bring the Scouting movement to Alberta.

"It's just important for the kids to have a place,” says Kevin Mullen, who is overseeing construction.

He runs Empire Custom Homes and now he's donating his time to work on his most personal project yet.

"After the flood there was just too much damage and as we demolished we decided to put up a new structure so basically it will look the same in colour scheme and size,” says Mullen.

"It used to be the oldest purpose-built building in Calgary and the purpose was to hold meetings for the Cubs and Scouts and Beavers that participate and that’s why we want to get it rebuilt so the kids can come back and enjoy it in the same location and as part of the community, as well."

He lives next door to the hall and his 12-year-old son Kyle is also a proud Scout.

"It's close to home and easy to get to,” says Kyle.

“It's pretty special it's like one of the oldest buildings in Calgary."

The goal is to reopen the Scout hall this fall.

With files from Neil Herland