Girl Scouts of Central Texas invites you to participate in its Master Property Plan. The goal of the 2014-2017 GSCTX Master Property Plan is to enhance the quality, diversity, and accessibility of the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience (GSLE), while confronting the critical need for repair and renewal of agency properties.
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Camp Kachina is identified as the property most urgently in need of renovation. Camp Kachina has been the summer home to thousands of girls since 1950. At its peak, Kachina hosted 110 girls each week for six weeks of the summer, for a total of 660 summer camp registrations. Connie McCrary, former GSCTX Board Chair states, “My daughter spent her entire youth at Kachina. She was a Girl Scout at camp, a counselor-in training, and later a counselor. Every summer she spent at Kachina, she transformed. She grew in her ability to lead and her self-confidence flourished. I could barely get her back home after camp came to a close for the summer.”
Unfortunately, Ms. McCrary’s Kachina is the camp of the past. Deterioration and deferred maintenance, especially since the closing of the camp’s pool has led to drastic decreases in participation among Central Texas girls. Just two years ago, 266 girls registered for Summer Camp at Kachina. In 2014, only 101 girls have registered for Camp at Kachina, which represents 15% of Camp Kachina’s overall capacity. Without property upgrades to Kachina, registration numbers will continue to decline.
The staggering decrease in participation in Camp Kachina is directly related to the following key issues: