Girl Scouts start campaign to save Antrim camp
ANTRIM — A group of more than 50 Girl Scouts have banded together on the Facebook page “I stand for Camp Chenoa” in an attempt to save the only overnight Girl Scout camp in New Hampshire.
“We need people that will actively help in the fight to save Chenoa,” page founder Katharine Sprague of Dover posted, adding that it is not too late to save the camp, their “home.”
“Remember the camp has not been sold,” she wrote.
Since she started the page it has gained more than 50 members and nearly 500 likes.
Members are using the page to brainstorm ideas of how to keep the camp open for future Girl Scouts.
In September, citing declining attendance and girls choosing other Girl Scout program options, the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains Council announced plans to sell Camp Chenoa Girl Scout camp on Gregg Lake in Antrim.
The 300 acre- property is currently on the market for $2.5 million.
Camp Chenoa is the only overnight Girl Scout camp in the state.
Profits from the sale will be invested into properties, including the remaining overnight camp, Camp Farnsworth, in Thetford, Vt..Carrie Green, Council director of girl leadership experience, said Thursday the decision to close Chenoa was a difficult decision, but one that enables the Council to invest in its other properties and to provide programming and improved accommodations to future Girl Scouts.
“We had to make a decision to focus on one resident camp,” Green said Thursday.
Green said the Girl Scouts teaches courage, confidence and the character to speak and stand up for what you believe in, so she admires the Girl Scouts who would like to save the camp, many who she meet at a closing ceremony last fall at Camp Chenoa.
As girls have more choices for summer experiences or less in some cases because of the economy, consolidating property resources is a trend taking place across the county among other councils, Green said.
“Unfortunately it is a trend of Girl Scout Councils across the country, as the economy is going down the number of Girl Scouts is going down. It’s harder and harder to manage resource properties,” Green said. “We certainly understand the passion and connection to the camp. That’s something we understand here very well.”