Women in construction building at Camp Tiak

Women in construction building at Camp Tiak

WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Students in Moore Community House's Women In Construction Program are busy working on building projects at Camp Tiak this week.

Usually it's boys scouts doing the work and learning the lessons here. But, not this time.

"The boys come here, the scouts come here to learn about new skills. Life skills. And here we are with the ladies in construction coming here to learn skills that will last them a lifetime, and I think it's a neat partnership," said scout executive, Casey Norwood.

Nicole Jordan is team leader on the project. She is a former graduate of the program, who came back recently for an instructor's position.

"We are recruiting for our class that starts in May. We help provide child care and help women get jobs. So that's why we're out here today, to build more community connections and get people in the workforce; economic development along the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Jordan.

Working at a Boy Scout Camp is especially satisfying for Amanda Dowdle. Along with being a student, she's also the leader of Cub Scout Pack 211 in Ocean Springs.

"I believe it's very important. It helps grow boys and helps them to be better citizens later in life," Dowdle said. "We need better citizens in the world."

Scout leader Norwood says the Women in Construction have been invited to do a little team building by participating in Camp Tiak's ropes and obstacle course.

There's a good chance the partnership between the women and the scout camp will be long standing.

"We always have plenty of things to do at Camp Tiak," said Norwood, "They always need projects. So, I think we're going to have a long lasting relationship."

The current Women In Construction class will graduate on April 21. The next class begins in May.

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