New Outdoor Study By GSUSA Released Summer 2014
Photo by Tom Wallace/Star Tribune, via AP
Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed?
The Girl Scouts are selling their camps, changing their program, and reportedly face serious problems with their pension liabilities. Has the iconic nonprofit lost its way?Eagle Island, a 32-acre refuge in Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y., is a National Historic Landmark and one of the finest examples of Great Camp architecture in the Adirondacks. Bequeathed to the Girl Scouts by a wealthy banker in 1937, the camp served girls in the urban enclaves of northern New Jersey for 61 years until it was “rested” and then closed several years ago. Now it’s for sale—at $3.25 million.
And Eagle Island isn’t the only Girl Scout camp on the block.
READ MORE OF THIS IN-DEPTH ARTICLE by Alessandra Rafferty
Girl Scout Camps/Properties sold or in jeopardy after 2006 GSUSA realignment
The list seems to be growing weekly. Girls DO like camping, and our camps provide an experience that can not be replicated in other environments. Please get involved and let GSUSA know that we want an immediate moratorium on the sales of our camps. Information on the status of these camps has come from info obtained from the internet or by examining council information. Please contact us with additions and/or corrections. We have not included camp closure information prior to the realignment.
Movement to Create an Outdoor Journey
From the Outdoor Journey Groups FB page: "We all need to Take Action to get more official outdoor program for GSUSA to help get the Girl Scout camps used more often, and to add back valuable choices and healthy outdoor activities for all the Girl Scout girls of today and tomorrow."
The 2014 Girl Scouts USA National Council session is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 6-19, 2014. The importance of outdoors has been included on the Agenda as a topic of discussion. What you can do: email, write, or call your Council Delegates and Alternates. Tell them you want more official Outdoor Program in the form of an Outdoor Journey leading to the highest awards, added to the Journey Program, PLUS lots more outdoor badges added to the National Girl Scout Program.
Get more information about this great and very active group and what you can do to help HERE.
Join in on the conversation to create this much needed Journey HERE.
GS Members and Supporters Survey
GS Members & Supporters - Let Your Voice Be Heard! "This survey is part of a campaign created by a group of Girl Scout members. We are hosting a virtual town hall on our community FB page named, "GSUSA, Are You Listening?" Our goal is to provide a platform for members and Girl Scout supporters to gather, speak out, and seek change to better our organization. The preamble to the GSUSA constitution states, "The ultimate responsibility for the organization rests with its members." We feel there is no better time than now to speak up for the Girl Scout Organization. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. Your insights, experience, and opinions matter!"
This survey is now closed. To view results click HERE
To join in on the discusion on Facebook click HERE
SOS Camps! News
New from the New York Times:
Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World
"Membership in the Girl Scouts has fallen over the past decade to three million, from a 2003 high of close to four million in combined participation of adults and girls, and the number of Girl Scout councils across the country has fallen to 112 from 312, according to the organization."
Read the full story here.
National Convention News
Importance of the Outdoors in the GSLE
"The outdoor experience has been central to Girl Scouting for generations. There was significant interest from the field in considering what role the outdoors plays in the Girl Scout experience today. As such, the National Board has included the topic “Importance of the Outdoors in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience” on the agenda.
Dissension and Fiscal Woes Beset the Girl Scouts
"I am worried that America's Girl Scouts are now selling cookies to fund pension plans instead of camping," wrote Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, in a letter last month to the committee chairman.
Stealing from girls. Stealing from communities.
"Part 1, for those who missed it, is the story of my initial shock on hearing of the proposed sale of the Girl Scout camp where I spent some of my childhood and young adult summers and my subsequent dismay at the current state of affairs of the Girl Scout Organization. Part 2 addresses the questionable sale of land and buildings donated to communites for the enjoyment of girls in those communities. Spoiler: There will be no appearances by Zombies in part 2-- theft from the girls is enough of a horror story --but perhaps a visit from beyond the grave by saddened donors will occur."