Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Vancouver Girl Scouts

  • 04 Feb 2013
  • 18 Feb 2013
  • Vancouver Skills Center

Girl Scout leaders in Vancouver, Washington contacted the Guild regarding a Cadette level badge this past December.  Many of the girls had been showing great interest.

Use of hammers, screwdrivers, measuring, leveling, saws and completion of a building project were the  components that each girl needed to complete a Woodworking badge.

Jenny Jecmen, Renee Russell, Kathryn Wong, and Angela Wright stepped up to share their knowledge and skills for three consecutive Tuesdays in February with the18 very eager girls that  had signed up for the adventure.  Chip Webster was the liaison between the Scout leaders and the Guild members mentioned above.

It was “all hands on deck” that final build night with sawdust

 flying, drills whirring, and hammers pounding.  The culmination was a Squirrel Feeder complete with an ear of corn and a badge presentation ceremony.  Each girl told us what their favorite part was over those three evenings. 

The girls were also provided information about types of woods and careers in woodworking by our ladies, in addition to the brief presentation by the Skills Center.

An added bonus came when the person in charge of the Skills Center in Vancouver also stopped in for a tour.  She took the time to stress the need for more women in the building and woodworking industry.  It was definitely an empowering evening to end it all.


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