Save Ontario's Girl Guide Camps from closure
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For decades, girls have learned about nature, friendship and themselves through Girl Guide camps throughout the province. Camps offer programming on outdoor sports, the environment, animals, cooking, crafts, outdoor camping and so many other opportunities in a safe environment. But the best opportunity they offer - as any girl or now-grown woman who has been will tell you - is new confidence in their abilities.
Girl Guides of Canada has sold 16 of 32 Ontario Girl Guide camps and is attempting to gain permission from Superior Court of Justice to sell the last 16. According to Girl Guides of Canada: "GGC Ontario has determined that by selling camps presently owned by GGC and using the net proceeds from such sales to provide outdoor experiences to members, GGC will be able to better focus on developing programming and new opportunities for girls rather than putting resources, both financial and volunteer hours, into property management and maintenance." There is no public plan for these "outdoor experiences" or where they would possibly occur.
The camps are assets that can never be recovered once sold, many of them given as donations in wills by families who knew the power of the camps to transform lives. Volunteers help keep these camps running as an act of love, faith and legacy. We are confident that a business and financial strategy can be developed to preserve the legacy of the camps to give girls transformative opportunities for years to come.
We are asking the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee to not grant permission to sell these camps. We are asking Girl Guides of Canada to work together with volunteers, Guiders, girls and their families, and concerned members of the public to take a longer look through both a business and legacy lens. For the girls.
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