During the 2007/2008 realignment of four councils into one new organization, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to
Midlands, a financial analysis quickly documented we were spending 32 percent of our operating budget on property and
related program expenses while the national average is 10-15 percent. Upon that realization, between late 2007 and early
2009, the council undertook an in-depth assessment and strategic alignment of all facilities. Opportunities for input were
offered to multi-constituency groups including girls, volunteers, parents, donors, community leaders, governing leaders, and
Based on the feedback of the membership that responded, the Board of Directors made a decision to align property with the
five driving priorities of the program strategies: destination, program match, usage, previous plans and partnerships. In
2009, after an 18-month, comprehensive analysis by outside, third-party consultants and GSUSA specialists, it was determined how to enhance our property portfolio as places of destination in alignment with desired program findings and needed volunteer support services. These findings evolved into a long-term program and property plan, She Sees the Future, which would create the ideal environment to let our girls shine. It was subsequently approved by the Board of Directors.
This plan has reached another milestone with the sale of the Mauldin Service Center. Effective December 11th, the former
headquarters for the legacy Girl Scouts of the Old 96 Council has been purchased by the William Douglas Property Management company which serves North Carolina and South Carolina. It will be transformed into their new Greenville facility.
In keeping with the She Sees the Future Program and Property Plan, 50 percent of the sales proceeds will go towards our new and innovative programs and 50 percent towards property capital improvements.
Coupled with our purchase of the former South Carolina agriculture building in downtown Columbia in 2011, we are getting
closer to creating preferred destinations at all our Girl Scout sites. These destinations will include superior indoor and outdoor experiences – things our girls said they want from Girl Scouting This downtown destination will require extensive renovations to become a state-of-the art Leadership Center, but it will be worth it when it eventually becomes a modern and high-energy environment with a particular focus on activities that surround the five areas of leadership development: Arts, Business Enterprise, Healthy Living, Outdoor Education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
- Sold: Camp Blue Cloud (Chester), Camp Cofitachiqui (Edgefield Co), Camp Congaree (Lexington), Camp Drew (Union Co), Mauldin Service Center (Mauldin), McCormick Lot (McCormick Co)
- Currently on the Market: Star Fort* (Greenwood)
- Under Partnership Exploration: Camp Mary Elizabeth (Spartanburg), Camp Ponderosa (Spartanburg Co)
- Joint Venture: Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission – Saluda Shoals**
- Retain with Program Enhancements: WaBak (Marietta), Wistagoman (Anderson)
- New: Columbia Leadership Center
* Camp Star Fort is a 74-acre site in southern Greenwood County.
It is used for Service Unit and troop camping, plus the Boy Scouts use it for troops and adult training.
It offers minimal program support – easy hiking, a sports field, primitive/tent sites, a shower house and a shelter for up to 50 people.
** Saluda Shoals - goal is to complete our partnership plans in 2014 and to be holding resident summer camp there by 2015.