Supporters rally to raise funds to buy back Camp Mintahama
JOPLIN, Mo. — The current owner of a former Girl Scout camp puts an offer on the table for the Friends of Camp Mintahama, but can they raise the hefty down payment?
Supporters rallied together to discuss the potential of buying back a portion of their camp, a purchase many call personal.
Normally Camp Mintahama would be buzzing with activity this time of year, as Girl Scouts looked forward to a fun summer, but now, it’s just a memory.
“We still cry over it just because so many experiences have happened there and my daughter and I have grown there,” said Troop Leader Carrie Moore.
“I just like making friends there and just like everything about there,” expressed 10-year-old Girl Scout Brooklyn Jordan.
“When we went there, it felt like it was home,” voiced nine-year-old Girl Scout Rose Lee.
It’s a home the Friends of Camp Mintahama group is trying to bring back to life, after a long battle to keep the camp going since it was officially sold by the Girl Scout council in January.
“Although we weren’t successful in buying the property, we were delighted when the owner approached us to invite us to consider buying a portion of it back,” said Lisa Nelson, Chair of Friends of Camp Mintahama.
That portion would cost $1.25 million, and the group needs to raise $350,000 in the next 3-4 months to secure a down payment. Some at the town hall meeting felt the price was too high, knowing the property was originally listed for $941,000, but others see the site as priceless for future generations.
“Right now we’re looking to find out how much community support there is to form a non-profit and operate the camp for youth and for community organizations,” said Nelson.
For the Friends group, the goal remains the same: to see the camp back up and running.
“It’s just going to be an opportunity, an avenue, a venue to build relationships with people that are more than just your blood,” said Moore.
The hope is to have the down payment by fall. If you’d like to get involved or show your support, you can go here or email the group at email@example.com.
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