Girl Scout & Volunteer Resource Center

Featuring the New Girl’s Zone

 
To enhance program and service opportunities for girls and volunteers and to address the needs of a growing Council, the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council (GSBDC) has embarked upon a $6 Million capital campaign an renovated a facility on Virginia Street in Charleston for the new GSBDC Girl Scout & Volunteer Resource Center, featuring the Girls’ Zone. The Council has launched the most important fund raising effort in its history.
 
 

MISSION

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
 
 

OUR COUNCIL & PROGRAMS

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council currently serves nearly 18,000 girls and 4,800 adults each year in 61 counties in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and Maryland. The council has 13 regional offices for the convenience of volunteers and Girl Scout members.  We focus on what girls need to thrive in a rapidly changing world:
 
Science & Technology - Activities related to science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) account for over half of all Girl Scout awards.  We introduce more girls to inspiring role models in scientific fields than any other organization.
 
Financial Literacy - Millions of girls now learn their economic ABCs in Girl Scouts.  Setting goals, budgeting and saving are vital life skills.  Sooner or later, 90 percent of all women will have to be financially self-sufficient.
 
Healthy Living - The Girl Scout Program recognizes that physical health, emotional health and self-esteem are all connected.  We support the “whole girl”.  Nine out of ten girls say our “uniquely ME!” program helps them make positive changes in their lives.
 
Environmental Leadership - Girl Scouts combines environmental education and community action on a national scale.  Since the launch of our environmentally focused program series in 2009, over 200,000 girls have tackled issues such as noise pollution, global warming and soil contamination.
 
Global Citizenship - Girl Scouts makes the world smaller and the girl bigger.  Through the world’s largest organization of girls, she can have a global impact and a global voice.  The Girl Scouts has full consultative status at the United Nations.
 
 

BUILDING PROJECT 

GSBDC has created a girl-centered facility and state-of-the-art resource center for girls and adult volunteers with the renovation and improvements of newly acquired property located at 321 Virginia Street, West, in Charleston, West Virginia.  
 
Since 1987, the GSBDC headquarters, located at 210 Hale Street in Charleston, has provided girls and volunteers with valuable programs and resources to enhance and benefit members’ experience in Girl Scouts.  However, when the Council moved into this location, it was initially conceived as a "business center" for a relatively small council. Its limited space and access to the building have prevented us from truly creating an on-site, girl-centered facility and a volunteer training and resource center.  Our new location provides a spacious and warm environment to create a girl-centered facility for our members and a volunteer enrichment center for program resources and training.
 
Therefore, to better serve our growing council and to create a more interactive atmosphere, the new state-of-the-art facility is creatively designed to empower girls and volunteers in a setting that focuses on the delivery of girl-led programs and one that fulfils the resource needs of our volunteers.
 
The GSBDC Girl Scout & Volunteer Resource Center is a 24,600 square foot facility with state-of-the-art meeting rooms; a Girls’ Zone, featuring overnight accommodations for girls and volunteers; and safely secured grounds with a green space, outdoor fire pit and ample parking.
 
 

Building Highlights

Girl Scout & Volunteer Resource Center:  Will play an essential role in the life of our Girl Scout volunteers.  The high-tech center and increased meeting space will enable GSBDC to offer more on-site volunteer training, learning opportunities and enrichment programs; as well as augment communications with our valuable volunteers.  Our former facility did not have the necessary space for our organization to host larger conferences with multiple breakout sessions, or the technology capabilities to meet the training needs of our growing council.  However, this new facility will enable GSBDC to offer conferences for up to 100 people and six breakout areas.  The video conferencing capability will greatly enhance the ability for staff to communicate with volunteers.  It will also include a computer lab to offer hands-on training to both volunteers and members; and a library filled with Girl Scout publications and resources, youth development resources and community development resources.

 
Girls’ Zone:  To expand leadership opportunities for girls, the new Girl Scout & Volunteer Resource Center will feature the new Girls’ Zone; a 5,140 square foot facility designed to provide more girls with cultural, business and environmental education.  The Girls’ Zone will offer an “urban camp” with dorm-like accommodations for a group of 24 girls and four adult volunteers in a safe and secured facility.  Girls will be able to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), educational, dance and art activities indoors; and outdoors, girls will be given the opportunity to learn about rain gardens, participate in planting flowers and other plants in the green space and gather around a fire pit for friendship and sharing.  
 
 
Approximately $1.5 million has been secured to date.  
Key contributors to date include:
  • Anonymous donor
  • Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
  • Mike & Beth Walker
  • Cecil I. Walker Charitable Trust
  • AEP
  • Bernard McDonough Foundation
  • Robert Douglas
  • John & Anne McCuskey
  • David & Martha Rader
  • Barbara Smith
  • Steptoe & Johnson
  • GSBDC Board of Directors & Staff Members
 
This council has embarked upon the most important fundraising campaign in its history.  If you would like to learn more about this project, or speak to someone about making a pledge to this crucial campaign, please contact us at 1-800-756-7616, or email our Director of Fund Development, Princess Young, at princess.young@bdgsc.org