CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The local Girls Scouts are gearing up to move to their new facility on Charleston's West Side.
The Black Diamond Council, which encompasses West Virginia, parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio, is currently located on Capitol Street. Although the new facility is located only a mile or two from their present location, the upgrades of their new home will have a tremendous impact on the lives of the girls and outreach of the origination.
Earlier this month, workers from Raynes and Sons Excavations of Eleanor tore down the front portion of the former Charleston Lincoln-Mercury dealership on Virginia Street West to make way for the new headquarters of the Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council and the hotel-like Girl Zone.
Currently, there is no finalized completion date.
The new facility will have state-of-the-art kitchens that will allow the girls to continue their strong culinary tradition, and a custom fire pit for outdoor bonfires.
The Girl Zone also supports the scout's dedication to healthy lifestyles and outdoor endeavors and has its own rock wall and a 24-bunkbed area for sleepovers.
The building also will stand as an epicenter for community gathering and strategy zone for the girls to work with their community. The site will be the headquarters for the girls' annual cookie sale, which ended on January 31.
Morgan Robinson, director of communications for Girl Scouts of Black Diamond said, "A lot of people think we are just selling cookies as a fundraiser but it's really much more than that," Robinson said.
Several years ago, Robinson went on a radio tour and took one of the girls with her. "She was kind of shy for the first couple of shows," Robinson recalled. At the third show, the DJ commented to the Girl Scout how confident she was.
Robinson recalled that the scout said, "Three years ago, I would never have been able to do this, but the Girl Scout cookie sale -- talking to people about the product, talking to people about being a Girl Scout -- gave me the confidence to say what I mean and to mean what I say and to never be ashamed of myself."
The Black Diamond Council also launched a new program to combat bullying issues in schools. The eight-week leadership program for sixth through eighth grade girls addresses how bullying is different for girls. Instead of physical confrontation and intimidation that may happen with males, bullying in young girls often focuses on deliberate ostracism and rumors.
The "Be a Friend First" program teaches girls how to use peacemaking strategies and build strong relationships.
For more information, visit https://www.bdgsc.org.