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Camp Myeerah Update

April 4, 2014 Update - Camp Myeerah is Conserved as a Public Park
Camp Myeerah has been permanently conserved as a new public park. For more than fifty years Camp Myeerah had an overnight camping destination for Girl Scouts and the local community.  In 2011, The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Board of Directors commissioned a study to guide long term property planning.  The study recommended that the Girl Scouts investigate options to sell Camp Myeerah, focusing on those that allowed continued usage by Girl Scouts.  Working with the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society, The Trust for Public Land, and the City of Bellefontaine, the Girl Scouts were able to sell and conserve the 449-acre camp as a public recreation destination last month.
 
Roni Luckenbill, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO said, “We are very excited about this outcome for Camp Myeerah.  This will allow continued use of the property for the Girl Scouts.  It is a win for the Girl Scouts, for Bellefontaine and the surrounding communities and for the preservation of a unique and beautiful piece of property. “
 

The property is now owned by The City of Bellefontaine, which will operate Camp Myeerah as a Joint Recreation District park. The District is developing a management plan for the public to enjoy Camp Myeerah for overnight camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing, and bird-watching. Tri-Moraine Audubon Society is managing conservation easements over the entire property to help the District manage important birding habitat.

 

September 4, 2013 Update Girl Scouts of Western Ohio moving forward to Protect Camp Myeerah through Agreement with Bellefontaine Park 
 
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has been successful in working with the Ohio Trust for Public Land, the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society and the Bellefontaine Park District to develop a long-term plan that transfers ownership of Camp Myeerah to the park district but will preserve the integrity of the camp and allow continued use of the camp property by the public, including Girl Scouts.  Roni Luckenbill, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO said, “We are very encouraged about the progress of this agreement.  This is a win for the Girl Scouts, for the community and for the preservation of a unique and beautiful piece of property.”  Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Board of Directors have made continued usage by Girl Scouts a priority in considering potential options for the camp.
 
This long-term plan was put in motion late January, when Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Board of Directors voted to consider an offer from the Ohio Trust for Public Land for the purchase of Camp Myeerah. The land trust was working in partnership with the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society, with whom the Girl Scouts have a long standing conservation easement partnership at Camp Myeerah. The land trust worked to secure funding through the Clean Ohio Fund and to develop a long-term plan that would preserve the integrity of the camp. The Tri-Moraine Audubon Society and the land trust were just recently awarded a Clean Ohio Grant which was an important step in moving this agreement forward. 
 
 

 

January 22, 2013 Update
During its January 22nd meeting, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Board of Directors voted to consider an offer from a land trust for the purchase of Camp Myeerah. The land trust is partnering with the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society, with whom the Girl Scouts have a long standing conservation easement partnership at Camp Myeerah. The land trust is working to secure funding and to develop a long-term plan that will preserve the integrity of the camp. The Board is postponing a decision regarding selling Camp Myeerah pending the land trust’s securement of funding and submission of their long-term plan. Questions and comments may be emailed to council@girlscoutsofwesternohio.org.

 

September 25, 2012 Update
During its September 25th meeting, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Board of Directors discussed the pending, unsolicited offer to purchase Camp Myeerah.  Feedback from volunteers and community members concerning this offer was shared with the Board, as well as a request from the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society. The Board unanimously voted to delay any further decision regarding Camp Myeerah for at least 3 months. This will allow the board time to consider all its options and make the best decision possible, while considering all opportunities. Questions may be emailed to council@girlscoutsofwesternohio.org.

 

July 2012

Throughout our history, camping has been a core value of Girl Scouts, with the movement providing girls unmatched camping experiences since Juliette Gordon Low created the first troop on March 12, 1912. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio holds true to this value and we want as many girls as possible to have the opportunity to build friendships and learn leadership skills in the great outdoors.

 

To help guide usages and maintenance of our camp properties, the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio undertook a comprehensive study of our camps in 2011, resulting in camps being categorized into three tiers. Tier 3 camps, which include Camp Ladigrau, Camp Greene and Camp Myeerah, are those camps recommended for “other options for ownership, management or use of the camp.”

 

The Board has recently received an unsolicited offer to purchase Camp Myeerah. The Board is currently considering the proposal, just as it would for any of our Tier 3 camp properties. At this time, the Board is reviewing the proposal and asking for comments from girls and volunteers; the proposal is set to be voted on at the September 2012 Board meeting.

 

 

 

 

Camp Myeerah FAQ – Updated with Questions from Girl Scout Members and the Community.pdf

 

 

 

 

FAQ .pdf Girl Scouts of Western Ohio map -- membership distribution - 2010.pdf

CAMP MYEERAH Presentation.pdf

Property task group report - June 2011.pdf

Property Information Sheet.pdf