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Girl Scouts of Western New York to sell camp properties

BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | February 09, 2012

BUFFALO,, NY - The Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) Board of Directors announced tonight the final implementation of the Council’s property plan.

The following camp properties will be sold:

• Camp Pinewood, Dansville, NY

• Camp Oak Orchard, Medina, NY

• Camp Sky High, Orchard Park, NY

Divesting of the three camp properties is the result of a multi-year strategic direction with the convening of a property committee in 2006. The Council Property Realignment Sub-Committee consisted of 17 members. The members of the Sub-Committee were from the Council’s nine-county jurisdiction including current board members, current and retired staff, volunteers, community and business leaders, plus professionals representing property management, legal, financial and not for profit organizations. The GSWNY Board of Directors utilized this study, along with analysis provided by a property consultant from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

“As with other properties, the decision to sell these camps was not made lightly. The considerations that went into reviewing the Council’s property portfolio focused on accessibility, capacity versus usage, and efficiency for Girl Scout members, volunteers and families,” said Board Chair, Judith A. Maness, FACHE. “We understand the emotional toll this may have on some members. We will do everything we can to address this, yet at the heart of this decision is what’s best for meeting the needs of today’s girls while ensuring a strong future of Girl Scouting throughout our communities.”

The selling of each property will help the organization reduce costs and maximize resources to have a stronger foundation to service the entire region and the needs of girls both today and in the future.

Camp Piperwood in Perinton (day camp), Camp Timbercrest in Randolph (day and resident camp), Camp Seven Hills in Holland (day and resident camp), and Camp Windy Meadows in Lockport (day camp), will be in operation this summer. All GSWNY camps are ACA accredited. The Council offers convenient transportation as well as before and after care to help working parents.

GSWNY focuses on traditional camp leadership experiences including nature hikes, equestrian programs, swimming, campfires, sing-a-longs, and more. This summer, camp will be enhanced with special trips including: Disney World for the Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.,); New York City for a theater experience with professionals on Broadway; and Camp CEO, where girls participate in traditional camp activities while getting career advice and network with female executives from a variety of businesses.

“For 100 years, Girl Scouting has focused on building leadership skills in girls and young women by offering programs that are girl-centric. Girl Scout Summer Camp is one of the core programs that develop responsibility, qualities of leadership and an awareness of the capacities of all people,” said Cindy L. Odom, Chief Executive Officer. “We ensure that every available Girl Dollar is invested in our girls.”

Girl Scout Camp provides girls with opportunities to: meet new people, develop healthy relationships, try new skills, and promote cooperation and team-building. Girls develop an awareness, appreciation and respect for others and the environment. They develop physical stamina and endurance, and improve their problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls and young women, serving 20,000 girls and 9,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. The council’s program and service centers are located in Buffalo, Batavia, Jamestown, Lockport, and Rochester.

Celebrating 100 years of service, and founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) strives to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Accordingly, GSUSA continues to be the leading authority on girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults.

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