I have been a Girl Scout for 45 years. Some of the happiest times of my life have been spent at Girl Scout camp, starting at the age of 8. I have been a camper, a leader and a Day Camp Director in camps in Alabama, Louisiana, California and the Marshall Islands. From this varied perspective I believe that it is not the physical location that makes a good camp. It is the Girl Scouts' spirit of love of nature, sisterhood, leadership,service, and learning that makes a great camp.
GSNCA is not abandoning this spirit. We are trying to offer this spirit to more girls in more ways than are currently available. We are choking on the debt of maintaining properties that serve less than 5% of membership at summer camp. The Property Committee has studied our camps and properties in great detail and depth. A hard decision has been made but a reasoned decision that will lead us into the future with assets to more fully serve all girls in all locations. There will be a great deal of discussion and study as the Council determines effective ways to do this. All of us need to work together to design and implement a new vision of camps and camping in our Council.