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Girl Scouts renovate house
Community helps with makeover
The house before the renovations. - photo by Submitted

The following contributed to the Girl Scouts Troop 13844 house project:

• Brenda and Bobby Thomas, Thomas Lumber
• Bobby Tilman, Professional Lawn Maintenance of Norcross
• Stan Padgett, Secured Perimeters
• JR Whitt, Blacks Mill Tree Farm
• Jackie Welch, Custom Home Center
• James Hick Masonry
• Joe Echols Electric
• Sharon Noda, City Plumbing & Electric Supply Company
• Todd Dunlap, John Deere Landscape, Cumming
• Larry Evans Trucking
• Cowart Mulch Products of Sugar Hill
• Gary Cook, Seasonal Controls
• Jeff Noda, Southeast Yacht Services
• Patty Rozell
• Tommy Quick, 1 Quick Contractor
• Mark Skinner, contractor
• Lowe’s
• Home Depot

Source: Bagwell family
With a little help from their friends, families and community, a small troop of Girl Scouts has restored a home for its new meeting headquarters, now dubbed the Girl Scout Mansion.

“The house was really, really bad,” said Chantal Bagwell, who has twin daughters in Girl Scout Troop 13844. “It was really disgusting. There were dead rats inside.

“Some of the ceilings were caved in from mold because there was a roof leak ... the house should have been bulldozed.”

Chantal Bagwell asked her husband Tommy, owner of American Proteins, to let her use the house, which sits on 1 of 30 acres he owns at Martin Road and Hwy. 306.

In January, the recruiting of volunteers to help fix up the house began. More than 20 people and businesses in the Forsyth area contributed supplies, services and time to help repair the dilapidated structure.

From landscaping and gravel to paint and electrical wiring, the project relied heavily on community donations, Bagwell said.

“We had a lot of really nice people help us out by donating things,” she said. “It’s kind of neat for the kids to learn to ask people to give. Even though they weren’t giving money, they were giving something that they could.”

There are just 15 girls in Troop 13844, though Forsyth County is home to more than 1,400 Girl Scouts and 600 participating adults. Bagwell said the home is open as a meeting place to all area Girl Scouts.

Bagwell’s daughters, 14-year-old twins Remi and Kiersten and 12-year-old Monique, worked with Girl Scout friends Madison Noda and Alex Skinner to seek community contributions.

The girls did much of the grunt work as well. After school and on weekends, they scraped dirt from the linoleum floors, painted the home’s interior and dumped the piles of trash left by the previous residents.

Noda’s mother, Sharon, who works for City Plumbing and Electric, donated two toilets. She said she was impressed with her daughter’s dedication, along with the outpouring of help from the community.

“I just think it was a great thing that they can look back on,” she said. “If you had seen the house before ... the before and after were just incredible. It’s something that they are very proud of.

“To have something that the girls are this proud of, and to have a place to meet is just a good thing.”   

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