Check out this article at the Daily Beast about Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed?
Eagle Island - Where History Meets the Future
Donated by the Graves family in 1937 to provide learning opportunities and out-of-door experiences for girls and young women, Eagle Island Camp has developed generations of women leaders. The mission of Friends of Eagle Island, Incorporated, is to perpetuate this legacy by providing an environmentally responsible Adirondack island camping experience for diverse youth, with an emphasis on girls and young women, while preserving Eagle Island’s natural and historic character.
We are motivated by a common thought: What if Eagle Island was sold and ceased to be a summer camp and I did nothing to stop it?
The Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey has announced their intent to sell Eagle Island. The Friends of Eagle Island is working to make sure that the island remains a camp.
Attending a summer camp that challenges their abilities in this setting is key to keeping girls connected to the natural world throughout their lives, and giving them confidence in their own capabilities. This camp experience has served to strengthen and enlighten girls for a lifetime.
Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed? Daily Beast Jan. 2014
Take A Hike Save A Camp
Take A Hike, Save A Camp - Eagle Island Alumnae and Supporters Spearhead National Solidarity Hike!
See photos of hikes that have happened below!
During October 2013, Friends of Eagle Island across the country and around the world joined together to TAKE A HIKE: SAVE A CAMP. Twenty hikes took place from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, to Washington, D.C., from New York City to California, and all the way around the globe to Asia and Russia. Some hikes were made by one or two people while others brought together groups of alums from different eras who lived in the same area. Everyone had a great time and many new friendships took root. At least 117 people took part in the hikes, and many who were unable to hike donated to support others’ hikes. To date we have received $7,700 and hike donations are still arriving. Thanks to everyone who hiked or donated! TAKE A HIKE: SAVE A CAMP was organized as a fundraiser to help the Friends of Eagle Island in our lawsuit against GSHNJ. It was also a chance to unite with other groups fighting to save their camps. Save the Girl Scout Camps of Alabama, and SOS Camps, a group working to save their camps in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, joined us and organized their own hikes. To date 234 summer GS camps across the country have been sold, closed, or are in jeopardy of closing. The Friends of Eagle Island continue to need your support with our lawsuit against the GSHNJ to block the sale of Eagle Island, which was specifically given to the Girl Scouts by the Graves family for the benefit of girls.
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Photos From FEI Take A Hike, Save A Camp 2013
AUGUST 4 “PADDLE UP FOR EAGLE ISLAND”
Former Eagle Island campers and friends will meet at 11:30 am, Sunday, Aug. 4 at Gilpin Bay and paddle or motor around their beloved island camp. Boaters in the community are invited to participate and to meet honored guest Henry D. Graves, Jr., great-grandson of the couple who donated Eagle Island to the Girl Scouts. The paddlers, supporters of the Friends of Eagle Island, want camp to reopen as a place for children— as the donors intended.
Friends of Eagle Island v. GSHNJ Council Update
August 30, 2013 Hearing
Buz Graves, Chris Hildebrand, two of our plaintiffs along with Mary Hotaling, former President of Historic Saranac Lake and an avid supporter of Friends of Eagle Island, attended the second hearing in the law suit against GSHNJ before Judge Ellis in Malone on Friday, August 30. Our lead counsel Bob Goodsell and our local counsel, Ron Briggs, appeared on our behalf. Scott Heck, the attorney for the Defendants, GSHNJ, Susan Brooks and Tiffany Wilson attended the hearing, as did the Assistant Attorney General, Glen Michaels. Our attorneys had added the Attorney General as a defendant so that his office would participate in the litigation. No one from GSHNJ attended in person.
The purpose of the hearing was two-fold. One purpose was for the Court to consider the motion our attorneys had filed for partial summary judgment asking the Court to void the 1980 transfer of Eagle Island by the Girl Scout Camp of Eagle Island, Inc (the special purpose New York not-for-profit corporation formed in 1937 to hold title to and operate Eagle Island) to Girl Scout Council of Greater Essex. The good news is that the Court granted essentially all of the relief we had requested, and, in fact, the Attorney General’s office supported our position that the 1980 transfer was unlawful because GSCEI failed to seek or obtain Court approval. This is clearly an interim victory for us, as it sets the stage for further proceedings in which GSHNJ will need to seek retroactive approval for the transfer of the Camp to GSGE (now GSHNJ) if it is going to be able to make an unrestricted sale of Eagle Island. The Attorney General’s office is sympathetic to our position, but our ultimate success will depend in large part on what further evidence our attorneys can unearth regarding the 1937 gift and how GSCEI treated that gift upon receiving it, as well as further evidence as to why GSCEI and GSGE failed to seek Court approval for the 1980 transfer, and whether the reasons that they failed to seek approval can assist an argument that approval should not now be given retroactively. Our attorneys will be undertaking additional discovery, both of GSHNJ and of non-parties, in an effort to eventually persuade the Court that any transfer of Eagle Island should be to an entity that will continue its use as a recreation camp.
The second purpose of the hearing was to continue the hearing from May 17th on the motion filed by the Defendants seeking to dismiss various portions of our claims. The Judge had continued that hearing to allow GSHNJ to provide documents in response of discovery requests that our attorneys had made. The Judge did grant GSHNJ a portion of the relief Defendants had sought in their motion to dismiss portions of our Complaint. In particular, to the extent that the Complaint asserted a claim that what is referred to as a “constructive trust” should be imposed based on the circumstances surrounding the 1980 transfer, the Court determined that that particular claim is barred by a six year statute of limitations. While our attorneys had maintained that our allegations of fraud were sufficient to overcome that statute of limitations, the Court disagreed. However, since the Court is ruling that the 1980 transfer is void and approval will now need to be obtained with the statutory showing being met, our attorneys are satisfied that the portion of the Complaint being dismissed does not negatively impact our case.
Nothing that occurred at Friday’s hearing impacts the other major claims in our Complaint, which are based on the misrepresentations made at the time of and following the 2008 Consolidation and the intentional undermining by Susan Brooks and GSHNJ of the efforts to continue operating Eagle Island.
In order to allow time for further discovery, the Judge scheduled the next hearing date for January 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM.
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