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MILAN: Girl Scouts' Camp Crawford being sold

Camp Crawford in Milan, owned by the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, is being sold at an asking price of $850,000.

Mary Flegal, president of Girl Scout Heart of Michigan’s Board of Directors, said the board approved the sale of the camp during their November meeting.  Flegal said a thorough evaluation of the property indicated that the ongoing cost of maintaining Camp Crawford was no longer feasible.

Since 2008, the camp has been losing money. In 2012 organization spent $40,000 to maintain the camp which was used by fewer than 500 people. The revenue generated by this usage was about $5,000, said Matt Bates, chief information and property manager.

“The cost of keeping the camp open for business far outweighs the actual use of the property,” Bates said.  “In addition, there are no opportunities to expand the facility.”

The 55-acre camp has a main lodge with an attached apartment that can accommodate 60 people, kitchen facilities, a maintenance shed, and a small cluster of cabins in a wooded setting.  In addition it contains a bat house which serves as a natural habitat for thousands of bats which have improved the environment for residents of a nearby subdivision.

“This is truly a unique property,” said board member Joyce Blomgren.

Flegal said proceeds from sale will be used to increase the amount and variety of programing and services available to the more than 20,000 girls and more than 5,000 adult volunteers who reside in the 34 counties served by Girls Scouts Heart of Michigan.

In addition to five regional centers, GSHOM has nine premier camp properties. These facilities offer urban adventure experiences and outdoor camping experiences which girls won’t find anywhere else. Two of the camps - Camp Linden and Camp O’ The Hills- are less than one hour away from Camp Crawford.

“These camps are a staple of our camp program for many girls - not just from our Council, but also other areas of Michigan and neighboring states,” Blomgren said.  “There is a great deal of history with these camps and we will be asking those with fond memories of Camp Crawford to share those memories in a way that can be captured and preserved.”

Flegal said the board and the leadership of GSHOM owe it to the girls they serve to make the difficult decisions that are in their best interest. Continued...

“We would not be able to be the premier leadership organization for girls without maintaining a strong financial base which enables us to offer the types of programming, services and facilities that have earned us the support and loyalty of so many,” Flegal said.
Camp Crawford in Milan, owned by the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, is being sold at an asking price of $850,000.

Mary Flegal, president of Girl Scout Heart of Michigan’s Board of Directors, said the board approved the sale of the camp during their November meeting.  Flegal said a thorough evaluation of the property indicated that the ongoing cost of maintaining Camp Crawford was no longer feasible.

Since 2008, the camp has been losing money. In 2012 organization spent $40,000 to maintain the camp which was used by fewer than 500 people. The revenue generated by this usage was about $5,000, said Matt Bates, chief information and property manager.

“The cost of keeping the camp open for business far outweighs the actual use of the property,” Bates said.  “In addition, there are no opportunities to expand the facility.”

The 55-acre camp has a main lodge with an attached apartment that can accommodate 60 people, kitchen facilities, a maintenance shed, and a small cluster of cabins in a wooded setting.  In addition it contains a bat house which serves as a natural habitat for thousands of bats which have improved the environment for residents of a nearby subdivision.

“This is truly a unique property,” said board member Joyce Blomgren.

Flegal said proceeds from sale will be used to increase the amount and variety of programing and services available to the more than 20,000 girls and more than 5,000 adult volunteers who reside in the 34 counties served by Girls Scouts Heart of Michigan.

In addition to five regional centers, GSHOM has nine premier camp properties. These facilities offer urban adventure experiences and outdoor camping experiences which girls won’t find anywhere else. Two of the camps - Camp Linden and Camp O’ The Hills- are less than one hour away from Camp Crawford.

“These camps are a staple of our camp program for many girls - not just from our Council, but also other areas of Michigan and neighboring states,” Blomgren said.  “There is a great deal of history with these camps and we will be asking those with fond memories of Camp Crawford to share those memories in a way that can be captured and preserved.”

Flegal said the board and the leadership of GSHOM owe it to the girls they serve to make the difficult decisions that are in their best interest.

“We would not be able to be the premier leadership organization for girls without maintaining a strong financial base which enables us to offer the types of programming, services and facilities that have earned us the support and loyalty of so many,” Flegal said.

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