This blog chronicles some of the early steps in the Save Westana movement. It was initially intended to give more detailed information about the steps and options we were facing, at the time that I was able to be involved. It now serves as early-on background, with some occasional news from a more peripheral perspective, if and when I have any to share.
"Sally Leep, chief executive officer of the Montana/Wyoming council, said the organization has been resilient while remaining faithful to Low’s vision of a safe and supportive environment in which girls develop courage, confidence and character to become leaders.
“Since 1912, Girl Scouting has built its success on a deep commitment to timeless values,” Leep said.
For Sago, the mother of three daughters who achieved Girl Scouts’ lofty Gold Award, as well as others in Montana, these 100th year celebrations became slightly bittersweet with the potential loss of the state lease for Camp Westana. Using an updated appraisal of the camp, the state raised the annual lease from $5,000 to a cost-prohibitive $25,000 a year.
Each of Sago’s daughters — Cassandra, 22; Deirdra, 19; and Kendra, 17 — put in 65 or more hours making improvements at the camp to earn their Gold Awards. Deirdra, now a community college student, and Kendra, a junior at Columbia Falls High School, worked on the camp last summer."