In December 2017, a Westport Island man’s generous $500 donation provided the newly formed Edgecomb Girl Scout troop a home for a brief period. E. Davies Allan’s donation covered 10 rental fees so the troop could hold bi-monthly meetings in the town hall. Once the money ran out, Troop Leaders Carrie Lehouillier and Ida Chapman moved their meetings outside.
But as summer turns to fall, the troop is now looking for an indoor home. On Aug. 27, Lehouillier and Chapman requested Edgecomb selectmen waive a $50 rental fee. The troop leaders have sought alternative indoor sites, including Edgeccomb Congregational Church, without success. And the leaders said the troop is too large to meet in a home.
But selectmen held firm on the rental policy. Municipal leaders did provide some advice and donations. Selectmen Mike Smith and Ted Hugger offered separate $100 donations. Smith is a local carpenter and Hugger is co-owner of Cod Cove Inn. Among the selectmen's recommendations were sending out a fundraising letter to local businesses.
“A lot of organizations have a similar story to yours, so we must abide by the policy because we’d have to open it up to everyone,” Hugger said. “But what I can do is make a donation. I can write you a $100 check from my business account.”
Troop leaders will accept donations once a checking account is established. They appreciated the donations, but still consider a $50 rental fee for one hour a steep price. “There are a lot of additional costs for scouting,” Lehouillier said. “There is a $2 dues. Cost for badges, supplies and snacks. It’s a lot of additional money for parents to come up with.”
Selectmen suggested the troop do more fundraising activities. But time and Girl Scout of America rules make that a difficult task, according to the leaders.
The Edgecomb troop has seven members and two junior members. Anyone wishing to donate rental fees should contact Lehouillier at 242-7642, or Chapman at 315-1867.