Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands, GSSC-MM
Decision to sell made March 2009
Camp Star Fort Update 2014
During the 2007/2008 realignment of four councils into one new organization, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, a financial analysis quickly documented we were spending 32 percent of our operating budget on property and related program expenses while the national average is 10-15 percent. Upon that realization, between late 2007 and early 2009, the council undertook an in-depth assessment and strategic alignment of all facilities. Opportunities for input were offered to multi-constituency groups including girls, volunteers, parents, donors, community leaders, governing leaders, and
Aiken, Edgefield Girl Scout camp to be sold
GSSC-MM: The Plan
It began with thorough research. Members of the committee gathered property and national trend data, visited all the sites and hired a consultant (funded entirely by a private donor) to conduct an objective program assessment. Glen Chin, GSUSA consultant, provided program and property expertise.
A popular girl scout camp is closing
Susan Schneider of Girl Scouts of South Carolina says young people don't have the same love for the great outdoors they once did.
Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, GSESC
Announced January 2011
Scouts' U.S. plantation sale nets $2.2 million for cash-strapped group
Friday's sale of Camp Low Country, about 35 miles from Charleston will let the Girl Scout council meet its financial obligations to Girl Scouts USA and keep its charter, said Loretta Graham, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina.
Critics fear Girl Scouts, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012, is abandoning its traditional mission of giving girls outdoor experiences. Opponents of the camp sales have sued local Girl Scout councils in several states.
Girl Scout council starts new chapter with sale of camp
Council CEO Loretta Graham said that she could not be more pleased with the outcome of the sale of the 152-acre property.
Because of lack of funding, Girl Scouts losing part of their past
The group's financial problems escalated after a 2005 decision by the national organization to merge councils, Graham said. Two eastern South Carolina councils merged, she said.
Girl Scouts auction U.S. plantation during financial struggle
Camp Low Country, where scouts took part in activities ranging from riding horses to learning crafts, is just the latest to fall in the wake of a broad "realignment" by Girls Scouts USA, the national governing body of Girls Scouts councils.
Girl Scouts Hornet's Nest Council, GSHNC
Also see North Carolina.
Carmen Hopkins, Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council
(interview with council CEO)
From 2010: The weakened real estate and lending climate caused us to adjust our property plans. When the economic downturn put the commercial lending market on ice, we were mid-stride in repositioning and modernizing our outdoor educational centers. The Council had acquired an ideal 700-acre property that would replace two older and smaller sites into a more efficient and modernized camp. Because of the stagnant real estate market, we adjusted our long-range strategic plans; delayed some development at the new site; extended the time frame for retaining the two existing camps; and refinanced the new property in an almost frozen lending market.
York County Girl Scouts sell Camp Catawbaw Lakeside location sold to help pay for larger regional site in N.C.
"Basically, we're doing a land swap to get this other property," Daley said, noting the decision to sell didn't come without protest by some members. "When you're dealing with Girl Scout camps, it's very emotional. Many of our members grew up going to camp there and now have children camping there. But they know this is what's right for the girls."