Local Girl Scouts spend summer vacation upgrading Girl Scout hut

Local Girl Scout Troop 3604 tackled a pretty hefty project over the summer vacation.

The Girl Scout hut in Long Beach serves about 20 troops on the Coast. During the school year the space is used daily for meetings. It’s been a while since the hut has seen any renovations, but scouts in Troop 3604 decided it was time. Girl Scout Luci Ponthieux said, “We did it mostly for the other troops so they have a nice place to work.”

Together the junior scouts, who are only in the fifth and sixth grade, made improvements to the hut that included reorganizing it and giving it a fresh coat of paint. Girl Scout Adalynn Canzoneri said, “Before it was bright pink and it just gave us a headache.”

Girl Scout Addyson Podlin said, “It was difficult project, but I really enjoyed it. It gave me a chance to work better with my friends.”

Girl Scout Krissi Palvolini said, “If I ever do need to remodel a house or paint a house, I can use what I learned from here.”

Their project also earned the scouts the Bronze Award, the highest Girl Scout award possible for their level. It requires each girl to put in a minimum of 20 hours into the project. Troop Leader Kacey Edwards said, “Some more than 40 hours were put into this project.”

“We all had a lot of fun doing it and stayed working and didn’t stop.”

Edwards credits projects like these to the development of leadership skills in her troop. “I love that Girl Scouts is girl led. I don’t tell the girls what they’re doing, they think and discuss their interests and talk about what they’re going to do.”

If you or someone you know is ready to become a Girl Scout. Visit the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi website at gsgms.org or call 601-326-4475. They’re always welcoming new scouts. “You get to meet a lot of new people and help out in the community.”

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