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Girl Scout Camps Evergreen and Klahanee To Being Shuttered

Here is an article about a couple Girl Scouts of Western Washington camps in the Seattle area being shuttered, but not sold – at least yet. Read Article. Camp Evergreen, the Girls Scouts only Southwest Washington site, was built in 1947 and is open from April through September for youth and adult groups.

On the Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s website, Camp Evergreen is described as “A wooded, secluded camp located 15 miles west of Longview on Mill Creek Road. A network of rustic bridges connects various parts of this 76-acre camp. Mill Creek meanders behind the lodge which has kitchen and dining area for 80. A variety of heated cabins, A-frame chalets and open-air sleeping and cooking shelters offer a progression for the outdoor camper who comes to this wooded, secluded camp. Heated cabins sleep 24 with the A-frames and more rustic shelters housing up to 68. Camp is closed October-March.” http://www.girlscoutsww.org/camps/camp_properties/Evergreen

Camp Klahanee is described on the same website as “Ocean beaches are about 22 miles from this 78-acre camp, located about 11 miles north of Hoquiam. The lodge overlooks the pond and welcomes campers with a large stone fireplace, sleeping loft and covered porches. The large meadow is suitable for tent camping, playing games and flag ceremonies. The lodge will sleep 20, while an additional 32 people can be served by A-frames, and open air sleeping shelters. Five tent sites are also available. Camp is closed October-March.” http://www.girlscoutsww.org/camps/camp_properties/Klahanee

The local Girl Scouts announced a plan to convert Camps Evergreen and Klahanee of Hoquiam into primitive camps according to the article. The buildings would be boarded up as well as water and power turned off. This is reported to save the local Girl Scouts $95,000 per year.

This plan was also part of a reaction at the estimated $495,000 in repairs costs expected at all site during the next five years, including damages caused by a flood in January 2009 at Camp Evergreen. This was the second highest estimate of maintenance for the Seattle based Girl Scout Council, second only to the $634,000 estimate to Camp St. Albans near Allyn in North Bay.

The camp has been used since the flood and there is a quote in the article from a 17-year old Girl Scout that has attended camp Evergreen since 2nd grade. “She said it looks fine, even after the flood,” reads the article.

Of course if the camps are shuttered and not used by local troops, then they will be likely to be targeted to be sold. We’ve seen this happen before to other Scout Camps.

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