Bryan Girl Scout House in need of major renovations

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Local Girl Scouts are hoping their scout house gets an extreme makeover.

The meeting place on Rountree Drive in Bryan is in major need of repairs and renovations.

The problem stems from an addition that happened in the 1970s. A 450-square-foot, two room addition was built on a patio slab not designed for handling the weight of walls and a roof.

As a result, walls are cracking, a roof is leaking and there are foundation problems.

"You can see here's the big crack in the foundation," said Lance Parr, a Girl Scouts Co-Troop Leader, who is also on the House Renovation Committee.

"When you go inside, you'll see there are literally two different sections of the slab that are beginning to separate," he said as he gave KBTX a tour.

He says that addition will have to come down. That'll cost at least $50,000. A full renovation and other building improvements could be up to $175,000.

So far they've raised $9,000.

Since 1940s, Girl Scouts have been coming to the Scout House in Bryan.

"I like selling Girl Scout cookies and going place and having fun," said Sydney Ragle, a Girl Scout.

"There's truly a legacy here. This building is much more than just a place where the Girl Scouts meet. It is a place where girl shave started their futures," said Parr.

"This is a key building for us. This is the only space that we have for our girls to meet at. We do have local offices, but there's not meeting space there," explained Ginny Ford, Girl Scouts of Central Texas Membership Development Executive.

The organization has around 600 scouts in the area.

"We are on a timeline that once we start we have to finish within a certain time frame, so that's why we are looking to get it started and finished as quickly as possible," said Donya Ragle, a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

Her troop meets there every Sunday.

"We're looking for anyone that could help with donations whether that be financial or construction just anybody who know that they could do something to help with this process," said Stephanie Arnold, a Girl Scout mother.

"Previous generations put money into this building. They kept it repaired. They made restorations when necessary," said Parr.

"Now it's our turn to do the same thing to carry it forward to make sure that this building will be here for the next generations of girls to come. Now it's our turn to do the same thing," he said.

The building was commissioned in the late 1930s in Bryan as part of the Works Progress Administration.

If you'd like to assist with their efforts you can contact Christal Hice at:
1-800-733-0011, extension 802 or email Christalh@gsctx.org