Preserve Camp Furnace Hills
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Yesterday (8.18.17), the board of GSHPA announced that it will be retaining ten acres of Camp Furnace Hills surrounding the Foxfire area. The board will decide in November what to do with the remaining acreage.
This decision was a positive outcome for the short-term. The negative outcome we were working to avoid was to make sure the board did not decide to immediately sell Camp Furnace Hills.
We were surprised and pleased to see that they at least committed to keeping the 10 acres, but THIS IS NOT ENOUGH.
We now have time and space to organize and push forward. All of the flurry over the last two weeks was a push to prevent the "sell now" decision.
Over the next week we will undoubtedly begin to coalesce and organize into what is a much larger much broader and much more coordinated effort. If the council was taken back and felt pressured by these recent efforts then they will be spinning circles trying to manage a much more concerted effort and frankly parallel efforts supporting five other camps.
Please continue to support our efforts by sharing the petition and emailing and calling GSHPA. We will post updates here and on our Facebook page (Save Camp Furnace Hills).
- Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania
We are asking the members of the board of the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania to act in the best interests of the girls and SAVE MORE of Camp Furnace Hills. There are many reasons why we believe Camp should be saved, and we have been communicating those reasons to the board since we found out that Camp was in danger of closing. We know that the board is listening to the parents, troop leaders, volunteers, and the girls. Outdoor experiences are a vital part of Scouting. If our leaders and girls have to travel over an hour to get to a camp, our girls' outdoor experiences will surely suffer. Please do right by the Girl Scouts in this area and keep Camp Furnace Hills open. Ten acres is not enough.
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