Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Breaking New Girl Scout Ground in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, The Republican reports that The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts formally broke ground Tuesday on its new 9,380 square-foot, $1.5 million service center.

The ceremony comes as the national girl scouting movement celebrates its 100th anniversary, said Patricia L. Hallberg, CEO for the organization.

“This is about our next 100 years,” Hallberg said

The building will house offices for 25 paid staff as well as classrooms and meeting space for Girl Scout volunteers, she said. The building will be completed in November. It's being built by Wright Builders of Northampton.

It sits on 2.8 acres of land which includes some wetlands that will be preserved.

“So well have our scouts out there learning about that ecosystem and we’ll be the stewards of it,” Hallberg said.

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts serves 14,000 girl scouts from kindergarten up through 12th grade and another 5,000 volunteers. Formed four years ago from a merger of the Girl Scouts of Pioneer Valley in East Longmeadow, the Girl Scouts of Western Massachusetts in Northampton and the Montachusset Girl Scouts in Worcester, the new council’s territory stretches from Route 495 west to the New York state line.