Thursday, February 17, 2011
Members of Girl Scout Troop 40835 have revamped a room in the local Girl Scout Service Center to be used as a safe and eco-friendly place for Scouts to hang out, have sleepovers and parties and hold ceremonies.
The room features a mural painted by troop members depicting scenes from the Chattanooga Valley as well as symbols from scouting, such as the road to Camp Adahi on Lookout Mountain.
“The bridge symbolizes bridging up to another level [in scouting],” said Scout Allison Cook.
The troop adopted the room as its project to attain the Bronze Award, the highest honor Scouts at the junior level can achieve. The award helps Scouts learn how to work toward a goal with an element of sustainability, according to troop leader Shannon Bourn.
“We wanted to feel like we’ve accomplished something big,” said Scout Josie White.
Troop member Rachel Cline said they painted a “time vine” from an oak tree reaching around the length of the room. The vine serves to chronicle important dates in the history of Girl Scouts in honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary this year.
The girls have been writing letters to area businesses to request donations for the room, such as blinds for the windows, recycling containers, rugs, book shelves and a computer.
A 65-inch TV has already been donated, they said.