As you may know, the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ), the Council that owns and operates Camp Eagle Island, voted on Monday, Oct. 11th, 2010 to sell Eagle Island. The Friends of Eagle Island (FEI) were prepared for this decision. We made a detailed, well-documented proposal to GSHNJ asking that they allow us to purchase the Island for a very low price, in the spirit in which it was gifted to the Girl Scouts 72 years ago by the Graves family. We believe this legacy – Henry Graves’ intent for children to “play there always” – should be continued. We accept the challenge that we can repair the camp for the safety and enjoyment of campers, staff, family campers, work and women's weekenders, and, during an expanded season of use, a broader public of visitors and guests who can enjoy and help support and maintain this historic Adirondack Great Camp. (We would run the camp as a nonprofit organization in the style of a Girl Scout camp but not officially a Girl Scout organization, which would give us far greater freedom to recruit and serve as many girls as possible.)
Even if you can only donate a small amount of time or money, it will help. We need to hear from everyone! We have a growing list of nearly 1,000 alumnae and friends and it all adds up. And if your contribution can be large, Eagle Island as a camp for girls and a place for all will stand a much greater chance of survival. When seeking grants and other funding, the number of donors among the Friends of Eagle Island will be important indicators of the depth of support we can show.
Your donations will go toward the acquisition and maintenance of the Eagle Island property pending our reaching an agreement with GSHNJ allowing us to become owners of Eagle Island Camp. We hope you will contribute as open-heartedly as you are able.
Friends of Eagle Island, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
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?