Public meeting to focus on future of Joy Hollow Camp

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa are seeking input at a town hall meeting Monday regarding Joy Hollow Girl Scout Camp near Westfield.

The meeting, which will include a report from a regional committee reviewing the camp, will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Sioux City Girl Scout Leadership Center at 1515 Zenith Drive in Sioux City.

The meeting is open to the public.

The background leading up to the meeting dates back to October 2007 when, as part of a national reorganization, five Iowa Girl Scout councils merged into one, according to Kristin Hunter, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa vice president of marketing.

That merger included seven camp properties, Hunter said.

Currently, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is reviewing all its resources, including camp properties like the 360 acres at Joy Hollow.

"They (the property committee) just looked into how our resources are being spent and reviewed that based on some of the resources needed to upgrade and conserve the property," Hunter said.

The committee will share information it learned through their review at Monday's meeting and get feedback from the community, she added.

"That does include several challenges," Hunter said.

This Joy Hollow property committee has met throughout the past nine months to review and assess the camp.

The Girl Scouts purchased Joy Hollow Camp in 1979.

When asked whether one of the options on the table was to sell the camp property, Hunter said Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is not at that point.

The property committee will decide the outcome for Joy Hollow at a later date, she said.

Monday's meeting will start with introduction of volunteers at 6:30 p.m., a report of committee findings at 6:45 p.m., time for questions from the audience at 7:15 p.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

Other Girl Scout camps owned by Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa include Camp Tanglefoot near Clear Lake, Camp Sacajawea at Boone, Camp Neyati near Council Bluffs, Camp Juliette in Marshaltown and Camp Rose Tree at Centerville. The organization used to own Camp Lakota, near Dayton, but has since sold the property.

For more information on the townhall meeting, call (712) 255-0187 or 800-746-8947.

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