Lebanon Girl Scout hut in danger of closing

Lebanon Girl Scout hut in danger of closing

LEBANON, Ore. - The Girl Scouts hut in Lebanon has been serving the community since 1937.

Now state leaders with the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington are proposing to close the historic building.

After evaluating Girl Scout facilities across the region, the state council found that six out of 15 are in poor repair and not used enough - including the Lebanon hut.

"It's an older building and to be honest, it hasn't been kept up as well as it should have been," said Mark Allen, Chair of the Properties Commission for the state council.

Local scout leaders disagree with the state's evaluation.

"I have a troop that is very, very active and we do a number things at this hut," said Alma Jean King, leader of Junior Troop 21317.

King remembers when her daughter started as a brownie in 1978.

"I've slept here many nights and done many fun things," King said.

The longtime scout leader and volunteer said losing the hut would mean losing a part of community history.

King added the organization cannot afford to go somewhere else.

"I think the building is something that holds our community of Girl Scouts together," King said.

Girl Scout Hannah Grudzinski said losing the hut would be devastating for the troop.

"This is like a second home to us," Grudzinski said. "I've spent six years of my life with the troop and they're kind of like a mini family. I'm just hoping for the best and for them to hopefully keep it open."

Lebanon scout leaders have put together an operational plan to address the state council's concerns.

The public has until May 15th to submit concerns and comments to the state council for review.

All comments can be sent to lrpp@girlscoutsosw.org.