“A Shift For Survival: The Impact Of The Girl Scout Realignment On Camps: From Camp Business magazine” (PDF) is an article in Camp Business magazine that you’ll want to view.
Below I’ve paraphrased information from the article and bolded important points.
Land is the greatest asset and greatest liability for all 109 councils…”
“It is an approach founded on sound business principles designed to create solutions based on fact rather than desire and hope…
There is no question that the next decade will be especially challenging for the Girl Scouts. The decisions ahead may be painful as each council must decide which properties to maintain and which will be disposed…
Currently, there are more than 231 Girl Scout camps listed on the Camp Resource Guide. This number may easily be cut in half over the next decade…
We fully understand that long-time members of the Girl Scout movement will view the disposition of property as a tragedy. The strong emotional ties to the loss of a place where life-long friendships were created have to be acknowledged and dealt with as part of the process.”
About The Authors
Gregory A. Copeland, one of the authors of the article, is a registered Landscape Architect with Domokur Architects in Ohio and an advisor to the National Forum on Children and Nature. The co-author of the article is Elizabeth W. Iszler who has been practicing Landscape Architecture with experience in camp planning and design.
Information To Note
Last year a woman from Novi, Michigan called me saying she discovered LandChoices on the Internet and asked about our Big Camps program to save Boy Scout and Girl Scout Camps. She was writing an article for a magazine that the Girl Scouts read. I believe this woman was Elizabeth W. Iszler, one of the authors of this article.
She told me that the landscape architecture firm she worked with in Ohio was hired by the Girl Scouts of the USA. She said the Girl Scouts were planning to close a large number of camps (170 is a number that sticks in my mind but I may be wrong).
I urged her to include information on conservation easements in the article and to direct readers to our website for free information on preserving land. This information was not included.
The thing I find startling about the article, and I may be way off base, is that the landscape architects seem to be making the business decisions for these camps. I’m a huge supporter of landscape architecture and have nothing against the authors personally, but, if this is indeed the case, I’m left wondering why a team of visionary entrepreneurs with business experience and innovative ideas were not hired by the Girl Scouts of the USA instead?
What do you think? Am I interpreting this correctly? Do you know additional information?
Read the article (PDF)
Camp Business Magazine
By the way, Camp Business looks like a wonderful magazine. It’s a publication I’d love to review someday on this blog.
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