Our council is taking a huge step forward in realizing our vision of delivering the best Girl Scout leadership experience. Throughout this journey, we have been guided by basic Girl Scouting principles: empowering, inspiring and influencing the girls who will make a difference in our world. In order to serve the best interest of girl members throughout the 34 county service region, we must continually review and adapt our resources to focus on the future, while honoring the memories and experiences that have shaped the past.
With these goals in mind, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta convened a task force comprised of volunteers, parents, board members and staff, who, along with a third party consultant, worked to conduct an outdoor program and property assessment in the fall and winter of 2012. The goal of the task force was to assess the current outdoor program offerings and property portfolio to ensure the Council’s investments meet the needs and expectations of today’s girls and align with the Council’s goals now and into the future.
Members of the committee thoughtfully and diligently reviewed input from thousands of girls and adult volunteers, analyzed statistical data on property usage and financial information, conducted site visits to the individual properties, evaluated the program elements and amenities offered at each property and consulted with experts to assess the current program and property portfolio.
Task Force Recommendation and Board of Directors’ Decision:
On January 7, 2013, the task force presented to the board of directors a recommendation that the Council move forward with a smaller portfolio of retained properties to better support the Girl Scout Mission and to move forward with a long range strategic planning initiative focused on the reduced property portfolio.
Based on capacity to serve future membership growth and best support the program elements girls are interested in, the board of directors voted to approve the recommended portfolio of retained properties comprised of Camp Timber Ridge, Camp Meriwether, Camp Misty Mountain, Camp Pine Acres and Camp Pine Valley.
Furthermore, based on current knowledge of girls’ interests and property usage, and to ensure resources are focused to the best of the Council’s ability on the retained properties, the board members voted to strategically divest of Camp Welcome, Camp Cecil Jackson and Scout Haven.
The task force recommended that the board consider seating a long range strategic planning task force who will be responsible for exploring the following potential outdoor program opportunities:
- Refocused program use at Camp Timber Ridge and Camp Pine Acres to better leverage the natural resources and location of the two properties;
- Growth and capacity expansion at Camp Meriwether and Camp Misty Mountain;
- Further exploration and definition surrounding program opportunities at Camp Pine Valley; and
- Alternatives for offering program in the northeastern part of the service area
Overall, we know that outdoor program and properties play an important role in shaping girls’ experiences and memories, and we look forward to expanding and supporting relevant, property-related programming for girls today and in the future.
We realize there are many members, volunteers, parents, girls and friends of Girl Scouts with wonderful, lasting memories throughout the past character-building decades at these camp properties. In an effort to honor and cherish those reflections, we invite you to be part of our closing ceremony committees for each of the locations identified for divesting.
In addition, the board of directors will be seating a long range strategic planning task force who will be responsible for developing and implementing the long range strategic plan for outdoor program and amenities at the retained sites.
For More Information: A series of planning meetings and closing ceremonies will take place in the coming months.
Information for meetings and ceremonies will be posted on the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta website allowing you the opportunity to participate.
All inquiries and comments related to GSGATL properties, the work of the task force and the planning of the closing ceremonies may be directed to email@example.com.