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Girl Scouts concerned about vote that could shut down four Eastern Iowa summer camps

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Troop 6500 wants to save summer camp. Troop 6500 wants to save summer camp.
Troop 6500 talks about summer camp. Troop 6500 talks about summer camp.
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The future of four Eastern Iowa girl scout camps could be on the chopping block Thursday.

That's when board members from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois are expected to decide whether to shut down Camp Conestoga, Camp Little Cloud, Camp L-Kee-Ta and Camp Tahigwa.

The ten girls in Troop 6500 out of Cedar Falls are worried this summer might be their last at Camp Tahigwa.

"I think they shouldn't close it down because some of the stuff you don't get to do everyday and it's like really fun," said Aala Akaff.

Akaff said she's looking forward to zip lining at Camp Tahigwa this summer, but she's concerned it might be her last.

"If it does close down I'd really miss it," said Akaff.

Thursday's vote comes after a lack of profit at the camps over the past few years.

"There's four camps, and I very much understand it may not be feasible to have all four camps up and running. I can't see how they would really need to cut all four if they could leave a camp or two," said Troop 6500 Co-Leader Ingrid Carlstein-Reyes.

Carlstein-Reyes said she wouldn't oppose raising the cost of camp to help offset the financial pitfalls the camps have taken.

"I will be very disappointed in the decision made by a group of adults just thinking about the finances," said Carlstein-Reyes.

Meanwhile, Laura Thompson has many memories at Camp Tahigwa.

"All we want to do is just save the camps," she said.

Thompson said there are many women who attended camp as a child who are willing to volunteer their time to attract more girls to camp.

"It's an issue of just wanting a chance to save our camps. It's an issue of not selling them," she said.

Thompson encouraged folks to email their concerns about closing the girl scout camps to property@girlscoutstoday.org

KWWL reached out to Diane Nelson, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, but no messages were returned on Tuesday.

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