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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.
GSUSA, Are You Listening? Survey
GS Members & Supporters - Let Your Voice Be Heard "Welcome! The Girl Scout organization has seen many changes since GSUSA unveiled the Core Business Strategy in 2004 (council re-alignments, Journeys, Pathways, etc). 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 last winter to fill out the GS Members and Supporters survey. Your insights, experience, and opinions matter!" The survey was part of a campaign created by a group of Girl Scout members to give Scouts an opportunity to speak out about how changes to Girl Scouting have impacted you and the program in your area. (This survey is now closed. To view results, please see link below.)
READ GS Members and Supporters SURVEY RESULTS HERE
JOIN THE VIRTUAL GSUSA, ARE YOU LISTENING TOWN HALL DISCUSSION HERE
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.
SOS Camps! News
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. EXTENSIVE COVERAGE BY AP's DAVID CRARY. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE.
Please visit our GSEIWI news page for other stories on our fight to keep our Girl Scout camps open and viable for future girls.
Girl Scouts of America and the Zombie Virus
And just like the zombies in the show, while my eyes have been fixed on the zombie villains lumbering towards me, it’s the sleeper zombie lying seemingly harmless in the corner that grabs my leg at the last minute and takes a bite. READ MORE
When Non-Profits Go Corporate: Cautionary Tales
Peter Gow writes: Having apparently invested its pension funds poorly (one wonders in what? buggy whip futures?), the national organization and its local councils--having completed a dizzying spate of mergers--are holding a kind of national fire sale of camps. READ MORE