The future of a local Girl Scouts camp is decided on by board members in Springfield, Missouri. 

Members of the board met Friday about Camp Mintahama in Newton County, Missouri.

The camp is located south of Joplin and spreads out over 180 acres. Girl Scouts in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma have called the campsite home for 60 years. 

The idea of closing the site is unpopular to current campers. 

 "I just feel like I couldn't get together with the girls and go someplace else, because Mintahama has always been my Girl Scout home," said Girl Scout Jayme Doyle. 

The campgrounds was set to close in September of 2015. 

Local supporters and volunteers were successful as they met with the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland board to reverse the decision. 

"So we will be assigned staff to work with us and members of the property subcommittee of the board and we will get busy spreading the message of how the community can make this an awesome camp," said Scout Leader Lisa Nelson. 

Camp Mintahama is a poplar place for scouts during the summer; some activities include swimming, hiking, and canoeing.

Girl Scout camper Doyle says the interaction with other scouts is something she cherishes. 

"I wasn't able to make friends when I was little, but once I joined Girl Scouts I have a lot of friends now," says Doyle.

Reports say in June only four events were held at the campgrounds in the past two years. Local representatives says it's because the lack of heating and air in the dining hall.  

Upon the approval from the board - the campsite will be open to local organization and businesses to use the grounds. 

"Mintahama has been a jewel in the Girl Scout crown in our area for a long time, but it's been a well-kept secret and the time has come for Mintahama to be a tremendous resource for the entire community," said Nelson. 

Doyle says, "I wouldn't want to lose the camp it's just my home." 

Volunteers and supporters will apply for grants and other funding to make improvements to the camp.



GSMH Property Update-November 15, 2013
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland's Board of Directors unanimously voted on Friday, November 15 to approve the implementation of the volunteer/community plans developed to retain Green Berry Acres Program Center (Cole County), Latonka Program Center (Wayne County), Mintahama Program Center (Newton County), and Sacajawea West Program Center (Pettis County) for an initial three-year term. The plans are subject to review/revision on an on-going basis. Each group was tasked with developing a proposal outlining plans to tackle deferred maintenance, operational costs, and declining usage for the Girl Scout properties located in their area. Additionally, the Board voted to move forward with the property committee recommendation for divestment of Sacajawea East Program Center (Cape Girardeau County) as no volunteer proposal was submitted. 
We are pleased with the commitment and dedication our volunteers have to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and the properties in their communities. The volunteer groups exhibited a tremendous amount of commitment to implementing their long-term, sustainable plans designed to support Girl Scouting and the properties in their communities. We are excited to move forward with this process and meet with the volunteer groups to provide guidance for fund raising, property maintenance and increasing property usage.
We look forward to continuing the partnership with our volunteers and community members as they begin the process of implementing their plans. 




A proposal to close  and sell Camp Mintahama and  Camp Suzanne goes to a vote tomorrow. That's  when the girl scout of the Missouri heartland board of directors meets.
Local troop leader Lisa Nelson and others are fighting the property sale with their own proposal to utilize Camp Mintahama more. They are concerned the closest resident camp would be 92 miles away if Mintahama is closed.
Nelson says it would take investment but the camp hasn't seen any structural improvements in the past 5 five years since  councils merged. 
     Council officials say a property committee analyzed usage numbers, maintenance and scout input which led to the proposal.
Local leaders fear closing the camp would hurt both membership and even the council financially because its an incentive for cookie sales which support programming council wide.

Those with concerns wanting to  offer feedback to the Board prior to its June 14 meeting may do so by putting the feedback in writing and submitting it by email or postal mail to the CEO at asoots@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Attn: Anne Soots, CEO, 210 S. Ingram Mill Rd., Springfield, MO 65802. All written feedback received by 9:00 a.m.on June 14 will be submitted to the Board before it meets that day.

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