For the past three years, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina has been moving forward and working on maintaining a premium outdoor experience for girls. We are not only focusing on our camping and program opportunities, but on membership, finance, adult development and fundraising. We have been going through a process of transformation.
Why? To make us better and to carry out our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who will make the world a better place. The process is far from complete, and we have some news to share about our camping program at Camp Low Country.
The great news about our council is that we are no longer in danger of losing our council. Girls Scouts of The United States of America granted this council a three year unqualified charter until 2014. This is a direct result of our membership growth and our finances moving in the right direction.
As I have shared with you before, there are numerous buildings on the campsite that were designed for family residential use and not for program use by multiple groups of girls. Therefore, this summer, for resident camp, the council will rest Camp Low Country and have resident camp only at Sandy Ridge in Bennettsville, with transportation available for long distance campers. Please note that Camp Low Country will continue to be open for troop camping throughout the summer.
I have listened and read many complaints about the shape of Camp Low Country and the time is now to move forward for the girls.
I am excited and pleased to announce that Melissa Arrwood will be leading this process, as she was recently hired to oversee our outdoor programs. I know Melissa will engage more girls and volunteers to ensure we are providing the best program for girls.
I always believe that we cannot solve the challenges of our council unless we solve them together, and we need to cooperate and understand that we may have different stories to tell, but we all still hold common hopes and dreams for this council.
A stronger partnership and unity is what we need. But of course, true unity cannot be so easily won. It starts with change in attitude, a broadening of our minds and opening of our hearts.
Although we have weathered our financial crisis rather well the past few years, the adverse effects of our properties cannot be denied.
What we are experiencing right now in our council is the dawn of a new and exciting future. This new future is about accepting change. It is about new realities. It will be the era for more and new partnerships and rekindling old ones.
Unity is something we have to earn through great effort and determination. So I ask that we walk together, and join together as one united voice, because even the weak become strong when they are united.
Let us show others what a strong council can do by acting in unity. Together, let us finish the work that needs to be completed.
Loretta Graham, CEO