Employees and volunteers at the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming headquarters have been hard at work the past few weeks moving to a larger building.

The new location, 2303 Grand Ave., is west of its old Grand Avenue location and about three times as big to accommodate the organization’s growing staff.

“The council has drastically grown in the last three years since the merger, and we literally ran out of space,” said Anna Paige, marketing and communications director. “We had three staff members in a conference room and one staff member at a folding plastic table.”

The organization moved into its 735 Grand Ave., space three years ago, creating a hub when three separate councils joined forces, geographically making the Montana and Wyoming council the largest Girl Scout council, covering 245,000 square miles.

The move became inevitable when the office became too small to accommodate the staff. In Billings, the Girl Scouts employ 17 full-time people.

“It’s very exciting for us as we grow because we are able to offer our membership meeting area, offer volunteer work stations, let them come in and use computers, and more efficiently conduct business,” Paige said.

The official move took place the first week of June. The doors to the new facility opened after the Girl Scouts office was closed for a week to accommodate the move.

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Employees spent Monday cleaning up the parking lot.

“We have a little sprucing in here to do getting ready for Girl Scout business,” Paige said.

Paige said there are 900 registered Girl Scouts in Billings, and more than 7,000 Scouts in the Montana and Wyoming council.

Paige said the organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary next year.

“We embrace our history and tradition, but we are a leadership development organization relevant for girls of today,” Paige said. “We are developing more programs for girls, getting them interested and inspired in science, engineering and math.

“It’s certainly not like it used to be, but there is a lot of tradition with Girl Scouting.”

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