The Desert Independent reports that the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio’s scout house has been severely vandalized.
“The damage was immense,” said Erin Stout, vice president of business operations for the council. “We’ve been slowly working towards scout house renovations for several months, and had hoped to be able to reopen it for the girls by next spring. This is going to push our timeline back considerably.”
The vandals broke into the scout house Monday evening, September 19. They smashed the kitchen window and climbed into the house where they proceeded to desecrate the property with graffiti and excrement before finally setting fire to the place.
“It’s heartbreaking to have something like this happen,” said Michele Penn, membership and community development manager for the council’s low desert region. “We have three troops in that area who have been waiting for the scout house to reopen so that they can hold their meetings there.”
If you are in the area and would like to help restore Blythe Scout House, please contact the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council.