The GSOH Property Committee, council membership, Kaleidoscope inc., and our GSUSA Property Consultant went through the following process to develop the vision for programming at our council properties:
- Conducted membership surveys and town hall meetings.
- Visited all properties and reviewed property data; including prior Property Committee work.
- Participated in numerous workshops to develop recommendations.
- Reviewed survey findings and comments from Delegate Forums, property questions email and other correspondence.
- Based on feedback received at Delegate Forums, developed final recommendations for Board approval.
- Final decisions were shared with the membership at the May 5, 2012 Annual Meeting.
Our survey found that only three percent of girls attend resident camp, fifteen percent of girls go troop camping, and eight percent of girls attend day camp. Our goal is to create outdoor facilities that girls want to visit, and to increase girl participation at all of our council-owned properties. Our vision is to deliver programs girls want and need through our properties. We plan to:
- Create AMAZING outdoor facilities designed to provide a range of activities.
- Develop outdoor facilities that become “destinations” that capture environmental and outdoor life experiences.
- Ensure that outdoor program centers are easily accessible to of all troops within the council.
- Design resident camp to provide a range of camp activities, with a focus on arts, horses, and water fun.
In the spring, summer, and fall of 2012, the following properties received capital improvements:
- Crooked Lane Learning Center
- Camp Ken-Jockety
- Camp Molly Lauman
- Zanesville Service Center
This winter, we have continued making additional improvements to these facilities. For a detailed look at the planned improvements and the recommended changes, download the Final Property Committee Report, which was presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting.
The final closing ceremonies for Camp Cornish and Camp Tea-Qui Mead occurred in October, 2012. Camp Cornish closing ceremonies were held on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7. Camp Tea-Qui Mead closing ceremonies took place on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. At each ceremony, participants were encouraged to share memories of their experiences at camp, spend time talking with old friends, walking the trails, and saying good-bye in their own way. Light refreshments were provided, and camp pictures and memorabilia were on display. Final campfire ashes were distributed so attendees could share the warmth and light of Camps Cornish and Tea-Qui Mead at future campfires of their choosing.
On Friday, March 15 the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County and Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council finalized a purchase agreement that preserves Camp Cornish for Girl Scout use. Camp Cornish, a 66-year-old Knox County campground, will re-open beginning in April. Read the press release here.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions 3-6-12.
Property Recommendations March 2012
2012 March Delegate Forum Property Update
We blogged about the property recommendations on April 2.
Read a blog post about improvements to Camp Molly Lauman.
We're committed to giving girls what they want and need, so we asked our membership. Find out what more than 1,000 girls, parents and volunteers told us they want in a camp experience.