Seabees Help Girl Scouts Earn Wood Working Badge

By MC1 Brannon Deugan, NMCB 1

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Members of NMCB 1’s Female Mentorship Program assists Girl Scout Troop 12 with the construction of three coat racks for the local Girl Scout Hut, Camp Mitchell, Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 28, 2015. (Photo by BUC Mary Montigny/151028-N-ZZ999-001)

Girl Scouts from Troop 12 and 14, along with members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, built and installed three coat racks with 24 dowels on Camp Mitchell, Naval Station Rota, Spain, Nov. 5, 2015.

NMCB 1’s Female Mentorship Program taught the scouts how to properly use tools to build the coat racks, while assisting the girls in earning the Girl Scouts Wood Working Badge and teaching about opportunities that women have in the workplace.

“I wanted the girls to see that women have important jobs in the workplace, too,” said Kristina Workman, Troop 12 Girl Scout leader. “I wanted the girls to see that women can do everything a man can do. Also, I wanted the girls to help out all the troops by providing the hooks for the Girl Scout hut.”

The assembly of the coat racks provided the Female Mentorship Program an opportunity to provide mentorship to young woman at Naval Station Rota.

“This was a great opportunity to mentor young woman,” said Builder 3rd Class Jenelle Jones, NMCB 1’s lead for the mentorship project. “It builds a relationship for future friendships.”

On Oct. 28, in the Builders Shop on Camp Mitchell, Female Mentorship Program members demonstrated the proper and safe procedures to operate shop equipment, including the miter saw, drill press and table saw. Next, the girls were able to rotate between four stations where they cut wood with a hand saw, sanded wood either by hand or with an electric palm sander, hammered nails of various sizes, and drilled holes into the wood and attached a hasp with screws. Finally, the girls with the mentorship of the NMCB 1 female Seabees, were able to assemble three prefabricated coat racks using glue and hammers.

“This training was very beneficial to both the Girl Scouts and the Seabee Mentorship group,” said Chief Builder Mary Montigny, NMCB 1 and organizer of the mentorship program with the Girl Scouts. “The girls received hands-on learning on how to properly use tools and equipment with our Seabees being able to teach their rating skills. It was also nice to have children in our shop, something that is very rare, especially while on deployment.”

On Nov. 5, the Female Mentorship installed the coat racks at the Girl Scout Hut. The installation included drilling holes into a concrete wall and fastening the wooden rack to the wall.

“The racks will be used to help the girls stay organized when coming to meetings instead of piling backpacks on top of each other,” said Workman. “We look forward to using these for many years.”

NMCB 1 is a Seabee battalion that specializes in contingency construction, disaster response and humanitarian assistance. The battalion’s homeport is in Gulfport, Miss.

The Naval Construction Force (NCF) is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. The NCF offers deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.

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