BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Camp Pretty Pond, a camp in Brunswick County used by Girl Scouts, has been sold, according to the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts.
The news reached Girl Scout leaders in the Wilmington area Friday night. Phil Wahoff, who is the Girl Scout leader for Troop 149 in Brunswick County, says they were informed in a meeting that the camp had been sold to the owner of Orton Plantation.
According to the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts, the property will be used to help conserve and restore the Long Leaf Pine Forest. The land will provide a safe haven for the red-cockaded woodpecker, which aligns with Girl Scout stewardship.
"Orton Plantation looks forward to continuing the forestry restoration efforts established at Camp Pretty Pond, expanding the long-leaf pine restoration initiatives and working closely with The Nature Conservancy, the holder of the conservation easement on Camp Pretty Pond to continue best management practices" said Dillon Epp, Orton Property Manager in a press release.
Area Girl Scout leaders say Camp Pretty Pond was under-utilized and occupancy had been on a steady decline over the past seven years.
"The sale of Camp Pretty Pond has presented a unique opportunity to realign Council resources to better meet the needs of our membership," stated Bernadette Spong, Board of Directors Chair for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Pines. "We hope it will demonstrate to our supporters that every dollar invested in girls is building girls of courage, character, and confidence, who will make our world a better place."
According to the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts, the money from the sale will allow the Council to expand and improve services to girls and adult volunteers throughout its jurisdiction. A press release says "program and retail space will be explored in the Brunswick/New Hanover County area."
The Council currently owns multiple camp properties, which comprise approximately 1,600 acres: Camp Graham on Kerr Lake in Vance County, Camp Mary Atkinson near Selma in Johnston County, Camp Hardee on the Pamlico River near Washington, N.C., and Camp Mu-Sha-Ni near Pinehurst.
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