Who should decide what happens to camp property for area
girl scouts? Right now it's the 29 member Board of Directors, but members of the local council of Girl Scouts think they should have a say.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois operate
four campsites in Iowa, including camp Conestoga in West Liberty. Some members are upset that the Board of Directors get
to decide if the board can sell their campgrounds, and feel they should have a vote.
"When you look at the blue book of documents that
governs Girl Scouts organizations, it says that we are a member driven
organization. Members are the ones get
to decide how, and where and what happens with the organization," says Dr. Sherry Plath O'Keefe, a member of the local Girl Scouts.
The board looked into shutting down all four sites after
getting a recommendation from a local property committee. But after complaints from many Girl Scouts members, another
recommendation was approved last year to make Camp Conestoga the main camp site
for area girl scouts, and sell off unused land.
Five members are fighting in court to have all the 5,600 voting members, have a say in whether or not Girl Scouts property
should be sold in the future.
Other members however disagree, saying the Board knows best.
"I think that's giving a lot of responsibility. You know we have that many members and many
are not that engaged. I think that'd
really be an increased responsibility for them to make a decision if they don't
have all the info in front of them or all the facts," says Shelly Wells-Cain, VP Development of Marketing for Girls Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
After two days of hearings, a Scott County judge is now
considering the case.
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