Flathead County Coverage

Dec 22, 2012 11:25 AM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News

Girl Scouts still hope to save camp

KALISPELL - After hearing about a Flathead Girl Scout camp that would be too expensive to lease, troop leaders got to work raising money to save the state's only camp.

But this week, they received some very disappointing news. Local troops paid for a re-appraisal of the land Camp Westana sits on, in hopes the value had gone down since 2009, but it came in again at about $500,000.

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming is planning to terminate the lease on January 15th, but a group of parents haven't lost hope yet.

If they can find a public entity to sign a letter of intent to purchase a permanent easement for the property, and raise the majority of the appraised value, there's still a chance to save the camp.

It appears to be a long shot, but one troop leader tells us she's confident the community will come through for them.

"We are serious. I'm meeting with some people to come up with some better fundraising efforts and I have quite a few people on my list to keep calling. We need people to open their wallets and say here you go, this is an important things for the girls to have access to," Becky Johnson-Opalka with Troop 3395 said.

The fundraising starts Saturday with a Girl Scout bake sale at the Whitefish Mountain Mall from 10-5.

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