Near the beginning is the motion to keep only
two camps. It was made by Dan Reynolds. At that time, Mr.
Reynolds was the director of Camp Y-Noah- a competing camp. Although his
intentions may have been completely honorable, the fact that he directed a
competing camp was a clear conflict of interest. Now that most of
the GSNEO camps are closed, more girls are camping at Y-Noah. Camp Y-Noah
is benefiting financially from this increased usage.
A few pages later, there is a list of
recommended improvements. Many of the improvements are features of
the camps that were being closed down :
“Indoor restrooms” - Camp Ledgewood
( one of the camps being kept) had very few flush toilets.
However, Crowell Hilaka, Great Trail, Lejnar, and Pleasant
Valley all had plenty.
“ technology that allows girls to be ‘wired’
“. It’s camp. Most girls surveyed said they did NOT
need computer availability at camp. If it is crucial to have online
access, bring a smart phone. Cell reception at Crowell Hilaka is
“Increased waterfront usage” . The camps with
large lakes and waterfront structures programs are the ones slated for
sale. Ledgewood and Sugarbush ( being kept ) each have small
ponds. Timberlane ( being kept ) has a small boating lake. It
is not suitable for swimming.
The usage data charts included in this packet
are from year 2010. During that year- half of Great Trail and most of
Crowell HIlaka were “mothballed” – off limits to campers. Of course those
camps will show low usage. It was not possible for it to be
otherwise. Usage was high at Ledgwood, Timberlane, and Sugarbush
because GSNEO administration chose to hold summer resident camp at those
The $30,000,000 cost chart is
included. Although it is labeled as the cost for making all 7 camps
“premier”, the board spokesperson told the General Assembly that it would
take over $30 million to
make all the needed repairs and bring all the camps up to ACA standards.
He repeated this claim to the media. Several expensive items
, such as a dining hall for Lejnar and extra land for Timberlane, are NOT
required for ACA accreditation. Neither is installation of pools, yurt
villages, or cabins costing 1.6 million apiece.