Girl Scouts go for the gold by planning brick walkway for park

April 07, 1995|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer

Five Girl Scouts hope their service project at Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena is a brick road to success.

But to help complete the service requirement and win the Gold Award -- the highest achievement in Scouting -- they need a helping hand from the community.

The girls want to build a 26-foot-long brick pathway at the Lake Waterford Park office. They need donations of bricks, sand or money to complete the task.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Jessica Carter a member of Pasadena Senior Troop 817. "It'll be nice. I like doing stuff for the community."

About 10 youngsters from the local Junior and Cadet troops also will assist in the project.

Park Ranger Bruce Miller says Boy and Girl Scout troops have been very helpful in the park, working on several smaller projects to help beautify the facilities.

Young men working to become Eagle Scouts will be assisting the ranger in creating a self-guided nature trail, and the Girl Scouts weeded old plants and leaves to create flower gardens around the park office last year.

Mr. Miller said those small deeds mean a lot to the park.

"Little things like that are vitally important to our park's image," he said. "It frees us up to do more important things in the park."

Mr. Miller said he invited the Girl Scouts of Troop 817 to return after they completed the flower beds because he was impressed.

"We really don't have to worry about them," Mr. Miller said. "They're very organized and very mature."

The senior troop has devised a schedule so that fellow Scouts will work shifts beginning at 9 a.m. April 30.

They will dig out a path 2 to 3 inches deep and level it. Then they will place the bricks in it to make a walkway, about 30 inches wide, that will lead from the office's front entrance to the side entrance.

The new path will replace a crude dirt trail that has been worn over years of foot traffic.

"I think it would just add to the whole landscape," Mr. Miller said.

A local Hechinger store donated a $50 gift certificate, which senior troop leader Jacquelyn Carter said should buy about 200 of the 300 bricks needed. The girls still need 100 solid, red bricks, each about an inch thick, and a few bags of sand that will be used instead of concrete to secure the walkway.

Ms. Carter said the project will be a challenge for the youngsters, who have never worked with bricks before.

"I think a lot of people say, 'Girls can't lay bricks,' " she said. "It's something the girls are real excited about."

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