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A Scott County judge has upheld the Girl Scout Council’s right to sell its camps, including Tahigwa. 

In a ruling early this morning, the judge did not find in favor of the five plaintiffs – Debby Stork, Kelly Gilhooly, Sherry O’Keefe, Lisa Tank and Michele Weber – who filed a petition last summer seeking an order from the Court allowing registered voting members of the Council to have a say on the issue of selling any camps owned by the Council.

The action came following a vote by the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, which would permit the Council to sell all camp land that is “not needed,” and to build a new “high-capacity” camp on a portion of land now known as Camp Conestoga in New Liberty.

The ruling leaves an uncertain future for four other camps: Camp Tahigwa in Allamakee County, Camp Little Cloud in Dubuque County and Camp L-Kee-Ta in Des Moines County.

According to an article in the Quad-City Times, Diane Nelson, chief executive officer of the GSEIWI, said she was “relieved by the verdict.”

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Decorah Journal.