Dozens gather to discuss future of SE Iowa camp

DANVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of Girl Scouts supporters exchanged ideas about how to boost attendance at a camp near Danville in southeast Iowa.

The Hawk Eye newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/14Va5Ba ) about 40 Girl Scouts leaders and volunteers met Monday evening to discuss options for attracting more girls to Camp L-Kee-Ta.

Cheryl Noller, of the local council, says attendance has been falling, and this year only 913 girls plan to attend the camp. That’s down from 1,519 who attended last year.

The problem mirrors a national trend of declining membership in Girl Scouts amid contentious debates about efforts to close camps.

At Camp L-Kee-Ta, Heather Dale of Galesburg, Ill., argued word of mouth was the best way to increase attendance as girls described their experiences.

Others backed better promotion through the media and social networks.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

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