Girl Scouts to sell Camp Chenoa in Antrim
New Hampshire and Vermont Girls Scouts plans to sell Camp Chenoa Girl Scout camp on Gregg Lake in Antrim include removing and moving the popular climbing wall to Camp Farnsworth in Vermont. (COURTESY)
Profits from the sale will be invested into the other properties, including the remaining overnight camp, Camp Farnsworth, in Thetford, Vt.
Green was Chenoa camp director from 2004 to 2008.
But from a financial standpoint the decision makes sense, she said, and means the best and most efficient use of Girl Scout funds.Chenoa is a 300-acre camp property on Gregg Lake that was once a Boy Scout camp, she said.
When the council purchased it in 1991 the structures had to be rebuilt.
Over those few years, instead of choosing a camp that offered activities like horseback-riding Girl Scouts could choose Chenoa and be part of the "Dream Builders," groups of campers who helped construct the camp buildings and made improvements to the lake front. The girls wore hard hats and learned how to swing a hammer, she said.
"The first full summer of operation was in 1996," Green said.
Unlike Boy Scouts, who go camping with their Troop, Girl Scouts choose summer camps individually and once there are placed with other girls their age with similar interests, Green said.
Those activities will be brought over to Camp Farnsworth.
This summer just under 400 girls participated in the summer programs at Chenoa.
Parents have less money these days, so a girl may only come to camp for a week instead of two and the overall population of girls in New Hampshire is declining, affecting Girl Scout numbers, Greene said.
"It is the geographic center of the council and it does have more flat and developmental land for expansion in the future," Green said.
The announcement was made to Girl Scout council members on Saturday at Camp Farnsworth, during an annual weekend camping and training event for Girl Scout volunteers.
A closing camp fire event is planned for this fall so that former Camp Chenoa campers and staff can come together and reconnect with the camp one more time, Green said.
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