Two Alabama Girl Scout Camps will not be closing

(CBS42)
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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369869287&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4076879&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369869287 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama (GSNCA) will not be closing Camp Coleman and Camp Trico by Friday’s May 31st deadline.

A spokesperson for the GSNCA, Russell Jackson, says the camps will instead be “rested.”

Jackson says this means the camps will not be operating with programs but will not officially close pending further evaluation and vote from the GSNCA Board of Directors.  This move will also keep the camps from going up for sale May 31st.

The GSNCA Board of Directors called a special meeting  on May 29, 2013 and approved the amendment to the three-phase property plan.   Two out of the six camps in North-Central Alabama have already been closed.

Jackson says the amendment was made after some individuals became concerned about the historic value of Camp Coleman.  Coleman is one of the longest operating girl scout camps in the country.  There was concern that the closing could jeopardize the camp’s official status.

Attorney William Bradford who represents the President of the Friends of Camp Coleman, says they are happy with the decision and see it as recognition by the GSNCA that the Board needs to take a closer look at data before voting to close camps.

Below is a timeline of the events surrounding the Girl Scouts camps in Alabama.

August 2011

Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama begins property assessment

May 10, 2012

GSNCA announces three phase property plan in webinar announcing four out of six camps will be closed.

August 2012

Closing ceremonies are held for Camp Anderel and Camp Tombigbee

October 23, 2012

Sarah Edwards files discovery motion on behalf of Friends of Camp Coleman to have the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama release certain documents ranging from financial statements, meeting minutes and emails.

December 20, 2012

Three motions by GSNCA; motion to dismiss, motion to transfer the case to Shelby County and motion requesting summary judgment are dismissed.  GSNCA moves forward responding to the request for documents and answer to questions presented in the lawsuit.

February 6, 2013

GSNCA formally responds to the discover requests. GSNCA says the staff worked 339 hours searching for and gathering 10,945 pages of documents.  GSNCA requests to be reimbursed for reasonable expenses at $50 an hour for staff time ($16,950) and $.50 a page ($5,472.50) before the documents are produced to Ms. Edwards and her attorneys, Bradford and Ladner.

April 29, 2013

Judge Donald Blankenship rules that “the information requested should be readily kept by the Respondent for review by its members on a regular basis.”  The GSNCA was given 10 days to respond to the Petitioner’s discovery requests.

May 29, 2013

Two days before the scheduled closing of two camps, the GSNCA announces the Board of Directors called a special meeting to vote on an amendment to the three phase property plan.  Camp Coleman and Camp Trico will be “rested” and not closed as initially planned for May 31st.  The Board of Directors is going through a number of work sessions to ensure they have a good understanding of how the current proposal was brought to life and voted on.

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