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Girl Scouts plan community conversations

By Gary Lloyd

BIRMINGHAM — The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama has planned community conversations to discuss the strategic planning process.

The next community conversation is set for Feb. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Scottsboro at Calvary Baptist Church. There are meetings in Anniston Feb. 24 and in Huntsville Feb. 25. A meeting is scheduled for March 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity at 300 8th Ave. W. in Birmingham.

All GSNCA members are invited to attend one of the meetings.

Camp Coleman in Trussville
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“The voice of the GSNCA membership is so important to the development of the strategic plan, and the community conversations will provide a way for the membership to help shape the plan based on their perspectives, experiences and priorities for the future of the Girl Scouts,” said Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Communications Manager Robyn Tucker.

The Girl Scouts camps, including Camp Coleman in Trussville, will remain open pending the outcome of the re-evaluation and strategic planning process. The Board of Directors in May 2013 approved an amendment to its three-phase property plan, which rested Camp Coleman instead of closing it permanently. At the May 9, 2012, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Board of Directors meeting, a 13-4 board vote approved of divesting the Camp Coleman property as part of Phase 2 of the group’s property plan.

Camp Coleman re-opened Jan. 15 on a “limited use” basis. The Board of Directors on Nov. 20 unanimously approved a resolution to allow the closed and rested camps to be re-opened on a limited use basis. “Limited use” means that no staff, instructors or services will be provided and that troops will be responsible for bringing their own equipment and supplies.

Camp Coleman, in continuous use for nearly 89 years, consists of 34 wooden structures and outbuildings constructed between 1925 and 1994.

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