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{ Monthly Archives } June 2010

Girl Scouts sell Camp Lakota in Iowa

The Girls Scouts of Greater Iowa have sold 175-acre Camp Lakota near the central Iowa city of Dayton. Read the article, “Girl Scouts sell camp in Iowa“, in the Omaha World Herald.

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How to save camps: Start with powerful communications! Free webinar

If you are wondering how to save camps, powerful communications is one key area. As nonprofit marketing expert Katya Andresen says on her blog, Katya’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog, “Since you’re reading my blog, you probably believe that we as nonprofit professionals need to know marketing – no matter how small, how underbudgeted, or how overworked [...]

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Preserve camps: Find the bright spots

After reading the book Switch, I found the most helpful advice to be how to find the “bright spots”, which in our case means finding what’s working with other groups, like Camp Owasippe, to preserve camps and simply doing the same thing. View this short three minute video to learn more-it will help you preserve [...]

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Camp Binachi in northeast Mississippi gets needed improvements

At a time when other BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Councils are selling and closing their camps, Choctaw Area Council in northeast Mississippi has just completed some major renovations of Camp Binachi. The new pavilions alone cost $200,000 and the new waterfront cost another $150,000. Camp Binachi Improvements Made There were twelve new pavilions constructed. Most [...]

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Girl Scout Camp in New York may be preserved as a wilderness center for children

Looks like a Girl Scout camp in the Lake George area of New York maybe preserved as a wilderness center for children. The Girl Scout Council of Northeastern New York has a tentative sale for $4M of Camp Little Notch to the Open Space Conservancy and The Conservation Fund. “The groups have an agreement with [...]

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Several Girl Scout camps in Ohio fight for life

Several Girl Scout camps in Ohio are threatened with closure and sale. In 2007, five Girl Scout Councils were merged to form the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Council (GSNEO) and in last June the council announced it would close eight of their 13 camps. “Council spokeswoman Shirley Leonard said times have changed since girls proudly [...]

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Girl Scout camp closing in West Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania

Here’s another article about a Girl Scout camp closing, this time in West Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania: “Girl Scout camp closing in W. Beth“. According to the article, Pat Coyle, a community manager for troops in the Bentworth School District, says the local Girl Scouting camp in West Bethlehem Township is so popular that the girls [...]

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Three Girl Scout camps closing in Minnesota, Wisconsin

I learned of three more Girl Scout camps slated to close in the article “Waving Goodby to Girl Scout camps” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The article is from mid February, 2010 but is still valid. The three Girl Scout camps slated to close are Camp Greenwood near Buffalo, Minnesota; Camp Rolling Ridges near Hudson, [...]

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Trying to save a BSA camp from sale? Be prepared! Part 3

    This is the third in a three part series by editor Ken Jacobsen. Read Part 1. Read Part 2. Best Way To Protect Camps is To Use Them In fact the best ways to protect camps from possible sale by a council is to see they are well used by scouts and to [...]

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Trying to save a BSA camp from sale? Be prepared! Part 2

This is the second in a three part series by editor Ken Jacobsen. Read Part 1. Read Part 3.Know Your History If a BSA Council camp is being sold or threatened with sale, also look for information about where the money or land donation came from for the creation of the threatened camp. Go to [...]

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