On August 30th, 2022, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Board of Directors and leadership staff announced the difficult decision to divest of four GSCB properties due to rising operational costs and deferred maintenance over the past decade and to ensure long-term financial stability and operational viability for the council:
Sales proceeds will be partially invested in the two remaining camp properties: Camp Country Center and Camp Todd covering renovations, enhancements, introduction of high adventure programmatic activities, and more. Additional proceeds will be utilized to provide long-term financial sustainability for the council.
Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay has developed the below Long Range Property Plan to set us on the right path towards the future while maintaining the financial health of our organization.
|Why is GSCB divesting of property and why now?||
This was a difficult decision to make, and we did not do so lightly. But we felt responsible to consolidate our properties into ones that would be outstanding and help GSCB be successful in the years to come.
Today, it is expensive to maintain what we have. Also, it would require more resources than available to bring every camp up to the level of experience required to attract the number of girls needed to be financially sustainable in the long term.
|Which GSCB properties are affected?||
We have evaluated our current properties and made a plan about what to sell, exit, keep, move, and invest in. Going forward, we plan to sell:
We will move the Grove Point program to Camp Todd, which we will develop as a premier destination for resident camp for all girls in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia.
We will use a portion of the proceeds from the sales to fund improvements at:
We will have feedback opportunities to hear from our girls membership on the enhancements they would like to see at our upgraded camps as we finalize the master plans.
|How can I be a part of determining what new upgrades will happen at Camp Country Center and Camp Todd?||As we move forward with the strategic plans for each property, we will create input sessions for members, particularly girls, to share their ideas for what improvements and attractions will be most appealing at our camp properties.|
|When will I no longer be able to make a reservation at Grove Point or Sandy Pines or any of the other effected locations?||We will continue to honor existing site reservations. Future reservation opportunities for both camp properties will remain open until further notice.|
|When will the improvements at the camps begin and how soon? What specifically will the improvements be?||
In the coming months, GSCB will begin the process for creating a strategic plan for each property. This process will include feedback from our girls and our members will help shape the future of other improvements and we look forward to hearing your ideas in those focus groups.
We do know that part of the improvements will include;
|Will GSCB run summer camp at Grove Point in the summer of 2023?||No, GSCB will not run Summer Camp at Grove Point in the summer of 2023.|
|Will GSCB have a closing ceremony for each camp that is sold and how will I find out about it?||Yes, we know it is important to say goodbye. As closing ceremonies are scheduled events will be posted in Double Knot and shared in e-newsletters.|
|What will happen to the donated bricks at the NRC?||GSCB’s goal is to incorporate the donated bricks into projects at the remaining properties. However, in the coming months we will communicate with all brick donors directly to understand their preference and work to honor it.|
|What will happen to the benches, tables, etc. at the properties that are being sold?||In the coming months, GSCB will begin the process of inventorying all items at each property. Using this, GSCB will determine what items will be reallocated to the remaining properties and what items will be available for purchase.|
Please submit your questions using our Property Decision Feedback Form. We will continue to add your frequently asked questions here. Stop back for updates.
How can you get involved in the long range property planning process and share your feedback with GSCB?
We encourage you to use the Property Decision Feedback Form to submit your questions and concerns throughout this period of change.
GSCB plans to host a variety of focus groups for girls, volunteers, and other stakeholders as we begin planning enhancements and improvements to Camp Country Center and Camp Todd. The process for identifying participants in those focus groups is still to be determined. Check back here for updates.
Adam Schaeffer, Community Member
Adam has a strong connection to Camp Grove Point, having used the property as his wedding venue and running a local LARP organization that utilizes the property frequently. Adam brings experience in both business ownership and skilled trades including Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, and Carpentry. Additionally, he brings strong analytical skills that will greatly support the work of the taskforce.
Clark Bjorke, Community Member
Clark has 22 years of property management and camp operations experience, as well as a strong connection to Girl Scouting through engagement with his three daughters and three granddaughters who are currently Girl Scouts. Through his work Clark has experience with contract managers, product sourcing, code enforcement, and skilled trades.
Crystal Wheatley, Association II
Crystal is a Girl Scout Volunteer in Service Unit 614, holding many roles including Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Delegate, and Troop Leader. Crystal brings experience in the areas of Fund Development, marketing, finance, and more. She has also served as both President of the Board and Board Treasurer for the Gumboro Community Center; helping create robust programming opportunities that drive revenue. She is well-networked and possesses an innovative approach to problem solving.
Elaine Madjeski, Association V
Elaine is a Girl Scout Volunteer in Service Unit 645, holding many roles including Service Unit Manager, Troop Leader, and several outdoor facilitator roles. Elaine brings extensive project management experience to the taskforce, as well as experience in advertising, digital marketing, market research, forecasting, and procurement.
Karen Sommers, Association IV
Karen is a Girl Scout Volunteer in Service Unit 613, holding many roles including Service Unit Delegate and Troop Leader with 35 years of experience. Karen brings an in-depth understanding of Girl Scout governance and operations having served as a Board Member and Board Chair for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania prior to her membership with GSCB.
Lauralee Rappleye, Association V
Lauralee is a Girl Scout Volunteer in Service Unit 639, holding many roles including those on the Archives and Gold Award Review Committees. Lauralee is able to provide direct insight to GSCBs previous efforts around property evaluation, having served on the Long-Range Property Taskforce. Through her work Lauralee has experience with contract management, environmental compliance, product sourcing, and strategic planning.
Mary Neutz, Association VI
Mary is a Girl Scout Volunteer in Service Unit 679, holding many roles including Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Delegate, and Troop Leader. Mary brings extensive experience in capital planning, budgeting, and contract management. Her past facilitation of consensus building workshops and stakeholder engagement is invaluable to the work of the taskforce.
Natalie Surles, Association IV
Natalie is a Girl Scout Volunteer in Service Unit 631, holding many roles including Service Unit Delegate and Troop Leader to her third generation Girl Scout. Natalie understands design, construction, space planning, and ADA/accessibility requirements. Additionally, as a teacher she will provide valuable insight to curriculum and programming design.
Pat Bjorke, Association III
Pat is a Girl Scout Volunteer in Service Unit 688, holds the roles of Service Unit Delegate and Service Unit Juliette Champion. Pat brings a wealth of both Girl Scout and outdoor education experience to the taskforce. She is well versed in balancing membership needs and fiduciary responsibilities as well as developing long and short-term strategic plans. One of Pat’s primary goals is to ensure collaboration between all stakeholders, ensuring every voice is at the table.
Terri Mullikin, Association III
Terri is a Girl Scout Volunteer in Service Unit 636, holding many roles including Association Chair, Outdoor Skills Instructor, and Troop Leader. Terri brings a strong education background as well as camp operations experience. Terri is able to provide direct insight to GSCBs previous efforts around property evaluation, having served on the Long-Range Property Taskforce.
Come back here to learn about progress in the long range property planning process, enhancements and renovations happening at Camp Country Center and Camp Todd, and more updates.
May 9, 2023 - Property Task Force kickoff meeting held. The Property Task Force will continue to meet bi-weekly, at least through the summer.