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Legacy of big Boise firm of the past helps Girl Scouts build a bridge to the future

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Area Girl Scouts will soon have a new place for their traditional bridging ceremonies: an actual bridge. And funding will come from the legacy of a firm long known for building those bridges.

Construction is underway on a new 14-foot bridge at the Girl Scouts Leadership Center in SW Boise. Funds from the Morrison-Knudsen Foundation will help build the new structure.

Bridging ceremonies mark the advancement of scouts from one level to another – typically held at the end of a scouting year.

Morrison-Knudsen Company built many of the top structures around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the Hoover Dam and others. The founders starter working together in 1905 by contracting on Boise’s New York Canal. The firm went through a series of acquisitions and is now part of AECOM of Los Angeles – and no longer has employees in Boise.

Two charitable giving efforts spun out of the firm which still are active in the Boise community – the Harry W. Morrison Foundation, and the Morrison-Knudsen Foundation.

“Funding innovative, high-impact programs that further math, science, environment, and technology are of particular interest and help build the workforce of the future, Morrison Knudsen Foundation President Mary Ann Arnold said. “The credo of Girl Scouts aligns closely with the priorities of the foundation and we applaud the dedication and commitment of Girl Scouts of Silver Sage.”

About 450 local Girl Scouts participate in bridging ceremonies each year.

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