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Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has approved a community group’s funding plan to save Girl Scout property Green Berry Acres. The rock building on the bluff above the Moreau River and nearby pavillion will remain a local Girl Scout camp for the immediate future.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has approved a community group’s funding plan to save Girl Scout property Green Berry Acres. The rock building on the bluff above the Moreau River and nearby pavillion will remain a local Girl Scout camp for the immediate future. Photo by Julie Smith.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland (GSMH) has approved a plan to save Green Berry Acres.

Brigitte Scott, chief communications officer of GSMH, said the details of the plan are not yet being released.

“We will continue to work with the volunteer committees in the area as they move forward with their details, and they’ll have more as far as how they’re going to raise the funds and that kind of thing,” Scott said.

Green Berry Acres, a Girl Scout property on Green Berry Road, includes a log cabin, a picnic shelter, outdoor grills and a fire circle on four acres. The property has been used for hiking, nature activities and service projects.

Green Berry Acres can serve any Girl Scout in the Missouri Heartland region, but it directly serves 85 troops in the Jefferson City area.

In August, GSMH called upon community volunteers to draft a proposal to fully fund and maintain Green Berry Acres. A similar request was made for various other GSMH properties.

Without GSMH’s approval of a proposal, the property would close.

“We just had a lot of properties,” said GSMH Chief Executive Officer Anne Soots in August. “They cost a lot to maintain, and many of them don’t get the usage they need.”

Cole County community volunteers met with Girl Scout officials in August to learn what was expected of a proposal to save Green Berry Acres, which costs nearly $30,000 annually to maintain.

GSMH required the proposals to outline plans to tackle deferred maintenance, operational costs and declining usage for Girl Scout properties.

GSMH’s board of directors reviewed proposals Friday and voted unanimously to approve plans developed to retain Green Berry Acres and three other properties.

“We are pleased with the commitment and dedication our volunteers have to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and the properties in their communities,” Soots said. “The volunteer groups exhibited a tremendous amount of commitment to implementing their long-term, sustainable plans designed to support Girl Scouting and the properties in their communities.”

The proposals retain the properties on a three-year term, and the plans are subject to review and revision on an ongoing basis.

“We are excited to move forward with this process and meet with the volunteer groups to provide guidance for fundraising, property maintenance and increasing property usage,” Soots said.

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