It’s nice to see an article about how a Girl Scout Executive in South Carolina is hopeful a camp maybe saved. Loretta Graham, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of eastern South Carolina, said “… the outpouring of support for Camp Low Country, a 153-acre site on the Cooper River, has led her to believe that it just might be saved after all.”
I hope so. Another interesting fact in this article is that a local real estate agent said that the $7M asking price for the camp is actually too high because a Conservation Easement on the property limits its development. Read the full article.
The news wasn’t always so optimistic. When I first read about Camp Low Country and 400 acres of Camp Sandy Ridge in South Carolina were to be sold, the article “Because of lack of funding, Girl Scouts losing part of their past” detailed a familiar story.
The Girl Scouts of America in 2005 had merged two Councils in eastern South Carolina to save money, but instead they faced legal and merger fess and declining membership. Membership is now rebounding from 7,800 in 2009 to 8,400 in 2010, but it isn’t growing enough to solve their financial troubles.
The usual plan was put into place. Sell the properties to solve the financial troubles. Of course you can’t solve the financial problems by simply selling the camps and it will be much more expensive to replace them later, if as I hope, memberships grow again and camp attendance increase.
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