Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi begin new chapter at Camp Ita Kana

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi.

The Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi are proud to unveil a brand new multi-purpose building on the grounds of its Camp Ita Kana in Wiggins with a ribbon cutting on Friday, May 01, 2015, at 4 p.m.

The Girl Scouts will be joined by Anna Maria Chavez the National CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA and William G. Yates Jr. the President of Yates Construction.

On Sunday, February 10, 2013, an EF4 tornado devastated much of Hattiesburg and surrounding areas and leveled the Co-Headquarters and training center of the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi. Since then, the Girl Scouts, with the support of Yates Construction, have been working hard to recover from that tragic loss.  The ribbon cutting represents a new chapter and a triumphant come back for the Girl Scouts.  This new building will feature program and office space as well as a dining hall.            

“We are honored and delighted to have been supported every step of the way by a great friend of the Girl Scouts, Mr. William G. Yates Jr.  Mr. Yates came to our aid in our greatest hour of need and helped us in tremendous ways to recover from the great loss of our Hattiesburg Co-Headquarters and training center due to the 2013 tornado outbreak in the Pine Belt area.” Becky Traweek, CEO     

During her visit, Ms. Chavez will recognize The Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi for their outstanding membership

growth for grades kindergarten through 5th.  Outdoor programming is the Girl Scout's national focus and Greater Mississippi looks forward to leading the way as they continue to serve around 10,000 members, including girls and adult volunteers.  The Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi offer a variety of programming and educational opportunities through its thriving camps.

Ms. Chavez will also be the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting for the membership of the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi on Saturday, May 2, on the beautiful campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, Thad Cochran Center.

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