"It was a garbage dump. The ceiling was gone, and they were throwing trash in here," he said. "The Historical Society contacted me and wanted to know if I wanted to do theatre here and I said, 'sure,' and within about six months, they had the place cleaned up, a new ceiling put in, new chairs -- everything."
The theatre has been up and running for 20 years, and was in need of water seal and a new coat of paint, so Worthington applied for it to be added to the list of community service initiatives two years in the making, according to Elayna Conard, a community staff volunteer with the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia.
"These sites have had to apply for the last two years in order to be accepted for these projects, so they're all very appreciative of the work that has been done by the Boy Scouts at these sites because without them these sites wouldn't have had as much attention," Conard said.
The CCC partnered with the Boy Scouts to organize the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative. Community service is an integral part of Scouting -- according to assistant Scoutmaster Chuck Hayes, Scouts must plan and complete a community service project totaling more than 100 hours before they can become Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in the program.
Worthington said the generosity of Troop D410 came just in time for the theatre's production of "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," a play set to premiere Friday. A comedy by Mitch Albom, author of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and "Tuesdays with Morrie," "Duck Hunter Shoots an Angel" follows the story of two brothers in Alabama who convince themselves they have shot down an angel while hunting.
Smith, who has participated in theatre productions in his high school, said he was glad to help what he felt was an important cause for Fayetteville.
"I can relate to what they're doing here and why it needs to be done," he said.
Other service projects taken on by Boy Scouts participating in the Jamboree include restoration of the Morris Creek Watershed in Fayette County, stream cleanup at the White Sulphur Springs Fish Hatchery in Greenbrier County, and the construction of 20 dog houses for the Monroe County Animal Shelter.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.