I am writing to you to express my great sadness at the news the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois property committee is recommending the closure of all four of their camps.

Both of my daughters attended Camp Conestoga over many years, and one continued on to be a counselor there. The skills they learned by attending and working at camp have made them both the successful career women they are today. The respect for nature and conservation, the opportunity to swim and canoe, the passion they share for inclusion and diversity, the survival skills they learned to live off the land, and the friendships they share to this day, all came from the experience of Girl Scout camping.

Closing these camps in order to purchase a modern outdoor center in another location makes no sense at all. These camps are outdoor centers and have been providing valuable life experiences for Girl Scouts in our area for many years.

Scouting is all about the experience of going to camp, meeting new friends, and experiencing the outdoors. If you have daughters, granddaughters or nieces who are past, present or future scouts, please make your voice heard by calling the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois office, visit the website at saveourgirlscoutcamps.weebly.com or email the property committee at property@girlscoutstoday.org. Save these camps before it’s too late!

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Doris Nelson