In an effort to save money, Girl Scout councils across the country are making proposals that would have been unthinkable a generation ago: selling summer camps that date back to the 1950s.
Leaders say the properties have become a financial drain at a time when girls are less interested in camp. But defenders of the properties insist the camping experience must be preserved for future generations.
One of the camps that has been put up for sale is here in the Upstate, according to state Girl Scout officials. The camp that is affected is the 74 acre Camp Star Fort in southern Greenwood County.
For decades, Camp Star Fort and others have been cherished places where thousands of young girls spent summer breaks hiking, huddling around campfires and building friendships.
Scouting alums and volunteers who support the camps have packed public meetings, sent letters to newspapers and recorded a protest song for YouTube.