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Taking pride in their future
Ariana Pierce and Cheyenne Denton along with Tiffany and Tristen Forrester could have spent their Saturday morning sleeping in late and watching TV, but they didn't.
Instead, the quartet from Girl Scout Troop 612 of Bremerton joined other volunteers at the new Girl Scouts of Western Washington Peninsula Service Center on Winters Road in East Bremerton to prepare the building for its May 9 grand opening ceremony.
"It's just something we wanted to do," 17-year-old Tiffany Forrester said. "It will be good for us and other people."
In seeing the building for the first time, all of the girls agreed it is a great improvement over the existing Girl Scout building on Warren Avenue, which is officially closing on Sunday, March 22.
When asked what the best part about being a Girl Scout is, Pierce quickly spoke for the group and said, "It's being together."
Fellow Girl Scout Destiny Garley said Saturday's work party was a continuation of her family's effort to prepare the building for its grand opening.
Garley's grandmother, Margie Torbon, is a Girl Scouts service unit manager and works with Garley's troop 50599 along with Garley's mother, who is one of the troop's leaders.
"I like coming to help," Garley said. "A lot of work has already been done and it's getting better."
As Torbon took a brief break from directing traffic, she noted how important it was to see Girl Scouts themselves helping work on the building.
"This is truly their building," she said. "It's important for them to help, because in the future they can always say, 'I helped work on the new building.'"
Their efforts demonstrate leadership and help girls take responsibility for a job well done, she said.
While Girl Scouts from throughout the local area have been at the forefront of the effort to get the new building ready, other groups also have stepped up to help out, she said.
"We need all the volunteer help we can get and every bit is appreciated," she said, stressing the tight timeline the project is under as the Girl Scouts prepare to close their old service center and move into the new facility.
The next work party begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21 with coffee and a brief meeting to get organized before finishing all of the painting on the building's interior.