Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, GSSEM
Closed May 2009
Reopened May 2010 for troop camping
Camp O'Fair Winds Update 2014
The Oct. 11 auction will include personal property, equipment and building materials from the 465-acre camp off McKeen Lake that closed in 2009, The Flint Journal reported (http://bit.ly/ZFRs5u ). The list of items up for sale includes bunk beds, brooms and industrial kitchen gear.
Camp Innisfree Update 2014
For years, GSSEM has subsidized camp at the rate of $1.5 million dollars annually, despite declining attendance at our summer camp programs. The current rate of attendance compared to the revenues generated do not indicate that camps will ever become self-sustaining. Therefore, following completion of the fall 2014 camping season in November, the GSSEM Board of Directors has approved the idling of Camp Innisfree.
Lapeer Scouts won’t boycott cookies
Volunteers ready Camp O’Fair Winds for summer season
Long Lake Township Partners with Grand Traverse
Regional Land Conservancy To Purchase Former Girl Scout Camp
Local Girl Scout camp backers keep the heat on
Following two newspaper articles about the closing of Camp O’Fair Winds, including one that suggested the possibility of boycotting Girl Scout cookie sales, Dalrymple said her office has been flooded with e-mails from around the country “too hurtful to read.”
Girl Scout council sells 1 camp, near deal on 2nd
The money from the sales will be used in part to pay for improvements at two remaining area camps owned by the council: 1,100-acre Camp Inisfree near Howell and 300-acre Camp Metamora in Metamora Township.
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, GSNIM
See also Indiana
Reopened for Troop and Day Camp early 2011
Sold Jan 1, 2011
Camp Soni Springs to come out of ‘mothballs’
“We now have four former Girl Scout Councils, and when the new council formed we had six camps,” he said.
Sharon Pohly, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana chief executive officer, reported that she visited Camp Soni Springs in July accompanied by Myers, Evans and Rick Parker, a property consultant from Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. — the firm developing a Master Site Plan for council properties.
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, GSHOM
MILAN: Girl Scouts' Camp Crawford being sold
Flegal said the board and the leadership of GSHOM owe it to the girls they serve to make the difficult decisions that are in their best interest.
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan lists 55-acre Camp Crawford for sale
From the comments section:
In 2012, the camp cost GHSOM $40,000 in maintenance, while it generated $5,000 in revenue" I would like to see the breakdown of these maintenance costs. I know for a fact that they haven't put any money into this camp in years. The only thing that was done at the camp for the last two years was mowing. All the trimming of the trails and roads to make them passable was done by volunteers. The majority of the cost for the "bat house" that provides shelter for thousands of bats," was donated by a long time volunteer and the Girl Scout Council still needs to account for the donations that were accepted for personalized planks for the boardwalk to the bat house that never materialized. It is truly a shame to lose this camp. It was used by many troops and was a great spot for day camp in the summer. Maybe the Girl Scout Council should follow the girl scout law and use resources wisely!
Total irresponsible board and CEO. Don't be fooled, the money is more likely going to fund their new building in Ypsilanti. How much longer can GSHOM survive under the current "leadership?"
In the 5+ years that have passed since the merger took place and the current CEO was hired, the council struggled and it still seems to be struggling. With the sale of the building in Ann Arbor, this will be the third property that has been sold, all in the same geographical area. While there are other camps, Camp Crawford was in a GREAT geographical geological area and could have been an excellent resource for girls if marketed properly. Some staff and many volunteers as well as donors worked hard to attempt to create a sustainable environmental educational program and camp center for girls, however, this camp always seemed to come in last, while other camps were still moving ahead. One can't help but question the intentions and decisions of the CEO and her board. It would be interesting to find out the maintenance cost of the rest of the camps. Like the others here, I too wonder about the money that was taken in for the boardwalk planks that were part of the initial plan of the bat house project, which was never completed. Does council have to pay that back? I feel sorry for the donor that gave the large sum of money to do this project. I also agree with a few other comments here that, if selling this camp is a way to cover the operating expenses, with the economy as it is, is this a step in the right direction or will be see the sale of more assets? While they still have 9 other properties in the council area of 30 counties, there are only 2 that are located at a distance of less than 2 hours away, depending on your location. Geographically, there are two camps way up north that are a about 7 miles apart. I wonder what the difference in income vs revenue was out there? Just my two cents... from a long time member. PS Does anyone know why GSHOM doesn't give out an annual report of the council's operations like Huron Valley did to the members?
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, GSNWGL
Also see Wisconsin
Summary of approved property plan May 2011
Link to main property plan page
Girl Scouts selling properties
Change in focus to leadership development
The regional Girl Scouts office will sell part or all of several camping facilities as it focuses more on leadership development.