Camp Parsons Boy Scouts dining hall

Location: Brinnon, Jefferson County

General contractor: Exxel Pacific

Owner/developer: Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council

Primary designer: Eysaman & Co.

Camp Parsons on the Olympic Peninsula is the home of the oldest Boy Scouts camp west of the Mississippi. Its new dining facility replaced a dining hall that had stood since the 1930s.

The 14,000-square-foot wood-framed, lodge-style structure features large, rough-sawn wood trusses to maintain an open space in the main dining hall. Hydronic floors heat the entire facility.

The new commercial kitchen is state of the art and was designed to serve over 600 people at a time. The large fireplace mantle and dining-service window have live-edge wood timbers that were cut from trees located in the camp and incorporated into the final design.

Camp Parsons’ new dining facility allows the Boy Scouts to increase its capacity to have more scouts participate in the summer camp program each week.