Can GSNEO Afford to Lose Four More Camps? NO
Without a full and accurate re-evaluation of the program and property needs, GSNEO cannot afford to lose ANY more camps. The loss of camps affects all of us, even those whose favorite camp is Timberlane, or Ledgewood, or Sugarbush. Competition for space will get worse before it gets better. Meanwhile, your sister scouts are leaving the organization. Who will support it then?
Troop camping is the single largest program GSNEO offers. There was already a shortage of space during peak seasons after the first round of camp closures. If girls cannot camp on their own property, they will no longer have a compelling reason to support the council financially by selling cookies. Decreased cookie sales will lead to major cuts in the council budget, resulting in less services offered. Will the few who are left be able to bring in enough income to support the infrastructure of the organization?
Also, if there is no true democracy in this council, the core foundation of the Girl Scout Promise and Law is undermined. If we do not adhere to our own regulations and respect the will of the majority, then people will quit.