Covington Girl Scouts seeking help for Camp Covington;
Two fundraisers planned so far to help finance Take Action project - click here to help
Playing in the shallow Bogue Falaya River at Girl Scout Camp Covington has been a favorite activity of Girl Scouts since the camp was dedicated 85 years ago. However, the banks on the camp property are steep and difficult to go down whether by rope or using the primitive mud steps cut into the side. So Girl Scout volunteers in Covington Service Unit 380, who utilize the camp for their annual summer day camp in as well as for troop camping, have taken on the project of building steps down the bank for easier access to the river as their Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary “Take Action Project.
“We want everyone regardless of their physical ability to be able to enjoy the river,” said Debbie Melancon, administrator for the Covington service units.
According to Melancon, the Service Unit is considering using treated wood material for the steps as well as building a railing on both sides of the steps with a landing half way down. A Girl Scout dad who is a contractor, has agreed to work pro bono, although additional donated labor is needed; however, the Girl Scout Service Unit still must raise between $4,000 to $5,000 for the take action project. She said they are hopeful some of the local home improvement centers may assist and are also looking corporate donations or grants.
So far, two fundraisers have been scheduled by the Service Unit – the first is Scouting for Supper at three Covington Wendy’s, 2700 N. Highway 190, 71 Park Place (by Home Depot), and 69340 Highway 21 (by Target), with 10 percent of the proceeds going to the Camp Covington project on Tuesday, May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Girl Scouts will be working the drive thru, counter service, bussing tables, and offering a story time for young children dining there.
Tuesday, May 1, 5 - 8 p.m. Wendy's in Covington
2700 N. Highway 190
71 Park Place (by Home Depot)
69340 Hwy. 21 (by Target)
10 percent of sales go to Covington stairs project
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rainforest Car Wash
653 N. Highway 190, Covington
$1 from each car (any service)
The second fundraiser is at Rainforest Car Wash, 653 N Highway 190 in Covington, who has agreed to donate $1 from each car (any service) on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Girl Scouts will be selling lemonarde as part of Lemonade Day.
Melancon and the Covington Girl Scout volunteers encourage the public to attend the two fundraisers, and donations can also be made online at Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s website at www.gsle.org by clicking the Donate Now button.
Their goal is to raise enough money to have the stairs bult prior to both Mandevlle and Covington Girl Scout day camps which run at Camp Covington, June 18-22, and June 25-29.
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