Girl Scouts: Sale of local camps 'off the table"

2013-03-28T05:06:00Z 2013-03-28T11:52:47Z Girl Scouts: Sale of local camps 'off the table"By STEVEN MARTENS, Courier Lee News Service Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

DAVENPORT, Iowa --- The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois have agreed to cancel a Thursday meeting where the district’s board was to vote on a proposal to sell its four camps, calling the proposal “off the table.”

The agreement was announced Wednesday morning during a hearing on an injunction to stop to the vote sought by a group of five local camp staff members and volunteers.

Susan Hess, the attorney representing Debra Stork and Michelle Weber, both of Dubuque County, Sherry O’Keefe of Muscatine County and former camp volunteers Lisa Tank of Clinton County and Kelly Gilhooly of Scott County, told Judge Mark Lawson the group was withdrawing its request for an injunction but still is seeking a ruling from the court on whether the council should be required to put the proposed sale of the camps up to a vote of the council’s 5,600 voting members.

Citing poor attendance and the cost of running the programs, the council’s properties committee has recommended selling Camp Conestoga in Scott County, Camp Little Cloud in Dubuque County, Camp L-Kee-Ta in Des Moines County and Camp Tahigwa in Allamakee County.

The council’s board of directors will meet Thursday in a work session to discuss and revise the recommendation and will notify its members when the board meeting is rescheduled, according to a statement from the council released Wednesday.

“We value the opinions and thoughts of all our volunteers and members and appreciate their passion for this process,” council CEO Diane Nelson said in the news release. “We look forward to reaching a position in which we are all on the same page — able to fulfill the organization’s mission to the girls while responsibly investing in the future of our outdoor experiences.”

O’Keefe said the plaintiffs’ goal was to slow down the process to allow time to come up with an alternative to closing and selling the camps, and the agreement reached Wednesday accomplished that.

“We’re very pleased with that outcome,” O’Keefe said.

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