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Breaking News: April 26, 2019 

To Our GSEP Community: 

In keeping with GSEP's effort to communicate important Council news to our community, I am excited to announce upcoming plans regarding our renewed investment in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Specifically, I want to share our plans for consolidating the Lehigh Valley Service Center and Camp Mountain House facilities.
 
This project, which is part of our 5-year Major Facilities Plan, is an investment in our existing Camp Mountain House.  It will greatly enhance our ability to reach and offer the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience (GSLE) to all girls, while simultaneously supporting our Volunteers and general membership in the Lehigh Valley.  Our major objectives include:

  • Achieve GSEP model of success to consolidate the Lehigh Valley facilities for girl programs, troop support, staff operations, retail, and year-round camping
  • Expand Opportunities for Girl Leadership
  • Strengthen our commitment to Greater Lehigh Valley Members
  • Improve Staff Satisfaction and Efficiency
  • Promote the Essence of the Girl Scout Brand

Once completed, this will expand opportunities for girl leadership to include: increasing girl programs by 50%, offering year-round camping opportunities, doubling troop camping numbers from 35-70 troops, and increasing day camp by 33%.

Additionally, the new Clubhouse facility will become the “home” for our GSEP employees who will relocate from the current Lehigh Valley Service Center to work spaces at the expanded Camp Mountain House facility.
 
A two-year study conducted by a joint task force with our Finance and Property Committees determined the current Lehigh Valley Service Center, which we acquired in 1976, is no longer efficient for retail, offices, and meetings and moreover, provides no opportunities for Girl Experience. It is our ultimate intention to sell the Service Center property.
 
At the Board of Directors meeting on March 25th, the proposal was presented, discussed and was brought to a vote. The Board unanimously approved to move forward with the proposal, and the next step is to draft a formal business plan addressing revenue expectations for programs, retail sales, and facility rentals; fundraising feasibility; financial implications on our operating budget and investments; and further development of our drafted site and building plans. As we move forward over the next several months and year, we look forward to sharing with you our planning progress.

We hope you share in our excitement as we imagine a future in the Greater Lehigh Valley where we will grow our resources for our members, and envision the possibilities at Camp Mountain House including enhancements for girls and volunteer programs, retail, camping, and staff. Our draft plan will explore: 

  • A new multipurpose Clubhouse to possibly include:
    • Activity Center for day programs and year-round overnight activities
    • Volunteer training/meeting space for 60-80 people
    • Bathrooms/showers for campers/troops
    • Staff work space
  • Future water feature, e.g., pool or splash pad

We look forward to continuing this exciting planning process with our Board, Staff, and Volunteers, and thank you for your continued commitment to our shared mission. 
 
Please note: If you have any questions, please email  memberservices@gsep.org  with the subject "Lehigh Valley Facilities". 

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

Kim E. Fraites-Dow
Chief Executive Officer