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BETHLEHEM – Following the finished work of the Catholic Scouts Centre project (John the Baptist Scout) in Bethlehem end of March 2015, the enhancement of its external facilities will be completed end of April 2016.

After three months of construction work to facilitate access to the Catholic Scouts Centre, which is located in Area C and expected to be finished by the end of the current month, the project includes an asphalt road, 4 meters in width by 280 meters in length, with 6 street lightning poles. Moreover, it comprises outdoor spaces that will be used as camping sites and parking areas. Another addition to the project is an external theatre that will seat 250 people and special areas equipped with sun shades to block the intensity of the sun during the hot weather.

The project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Italian government through its work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Catholic Scouts Centre is built on a 4,5 dunums (1 dunum= 1,000 square meters) owned by the Latin Patriarchate. The centre includes a meeting hall, storage for the camping tents, a clinic, a kitchen, WCs and two bathing units. It will serve scouts groups, in total about 2500 members from all ages and both genders.

Last year four scout groups from the Bethlehem area planted about 300 trees around the camp.

General Administration of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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