Girl Scout Members Push For Right to Vote on Camp Sale

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Earlier this month the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois announced plans to sell four girl scout camps in eastern Iowa.Administrators say camp attendance is down and campers aren't getting what they want. Still, many girl scouts argued they don't want those camps to close.

When you think of a Girl Scout member, you may picture an elementary school girl in a uniform. But many adults are also girl scout members. Parents, leaders, volunteers can all become members. Now some of those adult members want a say in the potential sale of the girl scout camps.

In the dead of winter, "Whispering Pines" sits silent. The "Sunshine Lodge" is covered in snow. It's a view only birds see this time of year.

But for Deb Stork, Camp Little Cloud is a part of life, year-round.

Stork said, "it's kind of in my blood. I've been a Girl Scout since 1968."

Stork, a former camp director, holds a lifetime Girl Scout membership. She believes she and other adult members deserve to be heard.

Stork said, "we feel like the members should be able to vote. Girls, 14 and older who are members in the council. We should be able to vote, not just the board. "

Stork is part of a coalition focused on stopping the sale of the four camps in Eastern Iowa. She's collecting signatures to call for a special board meeting in hopes of changing the voting process.

"Being together as women, it's really really important and having that at a Girl Scout camp is just something you can not replace, " said Stork.

She says she'll do whatever she can to make sure the stories once told around the camp fire don't burn out now.

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