Trenches have been dug to expose the outdated underground pipes. Certain areas are roped off to prevent entrance into work areas. Walls have been torn out and freshly framed two-by-fours outline where new rooms and walls will be.
Although currently in a state of construction disarray, the facility is expected to offer a new level of enjoyment for Scouts and their leaders who excitedly look forward to a planned February or March 2009 reopening of the facility.
“Oh my gosh, it’s going to be wonderful; this is so exciting,” said Jerilynn Powers, co-service unit leader for the Crescenta Valley/Glendale Girl Scouts.
Powers said the renovation will be beneficial to the entire community. Through the years, since its 1962 construction, the Scout House has been a big part of the Scouting experience for a myriad girls, one of whom is Powers’ daughter Jenna, a junior at Crescenta Valley High School and member of Girl Scout Troop No. 587.
Jenna Powers started out in the program when she was in the first-grade, and that’s when her mom also became involved as a leader in the Girl Scout organization.
Jenna’s enthusiasm for Scouting and the Scout House has led her to create a pictorial history of the facility’s rehabilitation. Her documentation will include before and after photographs as well as interviews with the people who have been involved with the structure since its early days. She hopes to include an interview with the original architect, who is more than 90 years old now, Jerilynn Powers said.
A DVD of Jenna Powers’ historical compilation will later be available at the Scout House and may become part of her Gold Award project, her mom said.