BLYTHE, CA - February 28, 2012 - A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand rededication of the Blythe Girl Scout House, 324 North Third Street in Blythe, is set for Saturday Mar. 3, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. There will be an open house from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Scout House had been shuttered for several months waiting for needed repairs, when it was attacked by vandals on Sep. 19, 2011. They broke into the house by smashing the kitchen window, and proceeded to desecrate the property with graffiti and excrement, before setting fire to the building.
Damage from the two-day attack was estimated to be in the thousands and the insurance company refused to cover losses, since the property had been unoccupied prior to the vandalism.
Before the senseless destruction, the Blythe Scout House was a beloved center for Girl Scouts of all ages. Little girls would create arts and crafts; enjoy snacks in the little kitchen and cross the miniature white bridge to signify their transition from one Girl Scout level to the next. Out of the ashes of this heartbreaking event grew a more united community, stronger than ever before.
A local business leader, Craig Wiita, read about the incident and volunteered his services, taking responsibility for reconstruction and organizing other volunteers from throughout the area. Assisted by rangers from Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, Wiita and his volunteer crew cleaned up the damage and remodeled the house on their own time.
Wiita had this to offer, "Thank you to everyone who came out to help us with this great project. See, Blythe, this proves we can tackle a project, even one of this size, and get it done. The Girl Scout House is looking fantastic inside and out." The new scout house is a modern facility where Girl Scouts and volunteers can meet and participate in Scouting activities.
The ribbon-cutting and open house celebration honors and commemorates the industriousness and dedication of scores of community members who came together and rebuilt the Blythe Girl Scout House.