Four of the eight existing Girl Scout camps in Arkansas will be closing by year’s end.
The Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas board of directors announced the closures in a letter to community stakeholders, according to a report in the Texarkana Gazette.
“It is irresponsible to allow resources to either be unrealized or to pose a financial burden on our council. Therefore, we have undergone a period of critical evaluation of our wilderness properties in order to offer recommendations regarding their current utility and future potential,” the letter stated.
According to the letter, an average of less than 5 percent of the 10,000 members of the scout organization attend residential camps each year.
Camp Karlton Kemp in Texarkana and Camp Taloha in Pine Bluff will close immediately once reservations are honored while Camp Noark near Huntsville and Camp High Point near Mena will close in the fall.
Below is a local news report on the Camp Noark closing.