FAIRMONT - The sea of grass surrounding the concession stand at Jeffrey Kot Fields in Fairmont has turned brown, losing the lush feel of summer. But inside the building, two young women are sprucing things up.
Mikayla Soelter and Emma Ward are painting murals to complete their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor a Cadette can achieve.
The pair already planted a flower bed around the sign that welcomes hundreds of soccer players each year, and now they have moved inside.
Emma Ward and Mikayla Soelter pause while beginning work on murals in the concession building at Jeffrey Kot Fields in Fairmont. The painting will earn the girls a Girl Scout Silver Award.
The idea for the project, for which they were required to find a topic they cared about and determine how they could impact their community, ended up as a collaborative effort between Fairmont Soccer Association, the city of Fairmont and the Girl Scouts.
"This appealed to us because we both play soccer," said Soelter, "and it is sustainable - the murals will be here for years."
Ward and Soelter knew they were interested in painting some murals and were thinking of places they might be able to do so. They heard the soccer association was interested in that type of project, and soon the planning began
Once they decided to complete their project at the fields, the association presented the Scouts with a list of projects they might be interested in.
The girls had to determine exactly what murals they would paint and where they would be placed. They then consulted with City Engineer Troy Nemmers, who obtained permission for the project. The association board was presented with the mural drafts for approval; the Girl Scouts had to approve the project as well.
"There are a lot of steps," Ward said. "Planning is a lot harder than [painting]."
The pair is required to spend at least 50 hours each on the project.
The concession stand will be decorated with a logo of the city of Fairmont, which owns the fields, soccer balls, a Cardinal logo and a Girl Scout symbol.
Soelter and Ward, both eighth-graders, have until May to earn their award, which is the second in a three-tier award system, culminating with the Gold Award as Senior Girl Scouts. Both Scouts plan to obtain a Gold Award when the time comes.
For their Bronze Award, Ward organized a thinking day for the service unit to learn about Swaziland. Soelter organized a "Mom and Me Tea" for her troop.