JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Efforts have been made to avoid the closure of some Girl Scout camps in Missouri
The Kansas City Star reports that five camps in the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland council were scheduled to close, but three have been rescued by local volunteers.
Girl Scouts of America has lost more than a million members in the past decade, and has reduced its councils from 312 to 112.
The Missouri Heartland council has ended leases on two properties and sold two other camps. The council allowed three camps to stay open on a provisional basis, with orders to raise money, increase participation and repair the properties.
Groups like the Friends of Camp Mintahama have been fighting to keep the camps open by getting support from school and investments from businesses.