Darien Tumlinson, Sammi Adams, Haley Harris, Jessica Beasley and Amanda Newman worked on improving the conditions of Lakeview shelter house at Indian Foothills Park this year.
"It took four to five months to do," Tumlinson said. "It was really hard work, but I'm kind of proud because I helped the with the community and made it better."
The group scraped picnic tables, sanded and filled them with wood filler, and then repainted them. They also cleaned out the chimney at the shelter house.
"(It was) tiring, but I was determined," Adams said.
"I'm glad I helped the community," Adams continued. "I'm proud of it."
The girls felt they worked well as a team. They began planning the project in January and started working this past March. The project was something they were able to create on their own, choosing the park because of the volume of residents who use it.
"Everybody goes to (the park)," Beasley said.
Prior to the project, the tables were caked in graffiti and had been carved into. Now that the group has worked more than half a year on this project, they don't want to see the shelter house vandalized again.
"We worked really hard on it," Harris said.
Each of the girls felt a sense of accomplishment. Once they put down their paintbrushes and took a step back, they realized they'd done something positive.
"Whenever we were done and looking at it" was the best part, Newman said.
Now, each of the five Girl Scouts has one more accomplishment on her sash, and one more aspect of their hometown to be proud of.
Beasley and Harris will soon start working toward a Gold Award, which requires 100 hours of service and stricter requirements. Those pursuing a Gold Award can begin as high school freshmen and have through their senior year to complete their project.
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