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Girl Scouts plan reunion

Attention all Girl Scouts, from baby boomers who never parted with their handmade decoupage jewelry box, to the echo boomer generation whose memories of summer camp are still fresh: The Girl Scouts Inland Empire Council has a reunion planned for you.

The date is Nov. 6 from 1 to5 p.m. at the council’s center, 1404 N. Ash St.

Executive Director Lindy Cater said the reunion is the first of its kind at the GSIEC and will give Scouts of all ages, volunteers and families a chance to see what’s new at the center, which is in the midst of an expansion and remodel. The reunion will be set in a carnival atmosphere.

“We’re just making this up as we go along,” Cater said. “We just thought it would be fun.”

Cater said the idea for a reunion came about from years of meeting former Girl Scouts, all whom have a story to tell. And while candle making and other craft projects were the big attractions back in the day, today’s Scouts have more choices.

“It’s really tailored to every girl’s needs and interests,” said Cater, a Girl Scout while growing up in Kennewick. “Attention is paid to development needs … and it’s also about helping girls learn about decision making.”

Cater said there are between 5,000 to 5,500 GSIEC members in an area that covers 21 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. There also are about 1,200 volunteers. Registration for the upcoming fiscal year begins Saturday, but girls can join year-round. Cater said the council anticipates the reunion will attract hundreds of people, some who have been away from the program for decades.

“People are excited to hear how contemporary the organization is,” said Cater, who has been the executive director for nearly 10 years.

People also will get the chance to look at the expansion and remodel. The $3.1 million project, being done in two phases, will take up 21,800 square feet. Phase 1 involved buying the property – which is practically a city block – between Maple and Ash streets, and renovating office and meeting spaces.

Phase 2 involves transforming a 9,000-square foot warehouse into a gym/multipurpose room. Other spaces will be renovated for a kitchen, art and computer areas, resource area and a hostel. A remaining $1.2 million will come from a fund-raising campaign.

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