Statement as issued Thursday by Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana:
FORT WAYNE – Girl Scouts has a rich tradition of providing outdoor education most commonly experienced at a property owned by the local Girl Scouts Council. These activities support the mission of Girl Scouting through developing girls’ leadership skills in the great outdoors. Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana (GSNI-M) currently owns four program properties (camps).
As a result of the strategic planning of the Property Strategy Task Force, and the sound leadership of the current Board of Directors, Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana has sold the excess land at camp Soni Springs, Three Oaks, MI. The decision to sell the excess land, approximately 48 of 150 acres, is directly related to the Board of Directors’ responsibility to be good stewards of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana’s resources.
“We are thrilled that this transaction has happened. The revenue from the sale of this excess land at our beautiful property in Three Oaks, MI, simply allows us to continue with the preventative upgrades and maintenance for our council properties and council needs,” says GSNI-M CEO, Sharon Pohly.
This sale of the excess land at Soni, will enable GSNI-M to continually focus our resources on our current properties, not only financially, but will also strengthen the core focus of our leadership development program through outdoor education and girl leadership experience. With this decision, we are helping to adapt, change and remain fiscally sound, while meeting the ever-changing needs of today’s Girl Scout.