Teaching girls leadership skills through hands on activities could get more difficult in eastern Iowa.
The Girl Scouts Council of Eastern Iowa is recommending closing and selling its four camps due to declining camp attendance despite growing girl scout membership.
Leaders say only 10 percent of the nearly 20,000 girl scouts in the council attend summer camp.
The numbers, leaders say, show girls’ shifting priorities but the discussion to close the camps comes with some criticism.
“Camping is one aspect of girl scouts. We do over 360 programs for girls and we have focus areas,” says Stacy Conforti of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. “Outdoors and the environment is one of them. We will always do outdoor and environmental programs.”
Girl scout, Madison Davis is worried about the proposal, “It kind of broke my heart that I’ve had such great experiences at camp and I’ve become who I am because of what I’ve learned at camp and what I’ve done at camp and future generations of girls and future girls of this generation will not get that same experience.”
The council will hold a series of public input meetings on the proposal and make a final recommendation at its March 28th meeting.
Story from KWWL.