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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Girl Scouts’ camp-sale decision premature

- - Thursday, February 6, 2014

In "Iowa dispute over Girl Scouts camps heads to trial" (Web, Jan. 20), the author writes that four Girl Scout camps are being put on the market, and since this decision was made without members' approval, the members have decided to sue.

The Girl Scout Council of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois claims that camping no longer interests young girls. As a result, the properties are draining the financial resources. The plaintiffs claim that camps must stay open because they help with the main focus of Girl Scouts.

As a Girl Scout for more than 11 years, I am appalled that the council would just give up and sell the camps. Admittedly, I haven't been to camp in a few years, but I have plans to return soon.

The time I spent at camp has been some of the best to date, and I have met friends with whom I still keep in touch. It is simply not fair to not even give girls this opportunity.

If the camps need renovating, then maybe a few girls in the area can make renovations for their Gold Award. There are other options that need to be explored before just selling off what could become lifelong memories.

JOCELYN RUPE

Grinnell, Iowa