Dear Girl Scouts,
Collaborative vision for our camps has been achieved. Last night, the board of directors and property committee of Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois spent several hours reviewing the long range property plan research, financial information as well as feedback from emails, calls and our town hall meetings.
Additionally, the board and property committee members received a presentation which provided the board with a comprehensive assessment of the opportunities associated with a re-imagined camp and outdoor experience.
As a result, the revised recommendation was developed that would include:
- One centrally located and modernized residential camp established in New Liberty, currently Camp Conestoga. Benefits of a modernized and expanded residential camp include:
- Efficient use of volunteer and camp resources, eliminating duplication that results in providing expanded offerings such as customized outdoor packaged experiences.
- Year-round, unique programming such as integrating leading STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) into traditional camp activities with purpose.
- Modern and rustic elements, as well as buildings equipped for year-round use and ADA accessible facilities wherever possible – inviting to a greater audience.
After the project is complete, land which is not needed for the new camp will be divested.
The board also recognized key actions must be taken with the other three camp properties. To accomplish this, we will:
- Adapt Camp Tahigwa, Camp Little Cloud and Camp L-Kee-Ta to be used for troop activities, day camps, overnights and council events. Benefits of this include:
- Maintaining an outdoor experience for all locations by using current facilities as focused outdoor program centers.
- Expanding property interest by developing cost effective, self-guided activities with existing facilities such as, nature trails, adventure hikes and activity kits.
- Utilizing volunteers and part-time staff to provide program and maintenance needs.
When the specific land and facility needs for these properties have been determined, and the new resident camp project schedule is finalized, land which is not needed for the outdoor program centers will be divested.
A full copy of the revised recommendation is available on our website, GirlScoutsToday.org.
This recommendation will go to a vote at the next Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois board meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. via teleconference from each leadership center.
We thank you for your passion, interest and continued support. Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome as we move forward to provide quality outdoor programs that will serve increased numbers and offer traditional camp opportunities, as well as new outdoor experiences for our girls.
Please continue to share your thoughts and feedback by emailing us at Property@GirlScoutsToday.org.