The purpose of the Long Range Property Plan is to create a contemporary experience that all girls want and to sustain a sound financial structure that supports membership growth throughout the council’s 21-county jurisdiction. This plan will provide the optimal Girl Scout Leadership Experience equally to all counties.
A transition plan has been created to help members in the affected areas. GSSWT will no longer financially support properties in Del Rio, Seguin and New Braunfels after December 31, 2013.
GSSWT is not "closing" the property; it is ending the agreement between the council and the owners of the property. GSSWT is responsible for the safety of its girl and adult members, as well as the quality of program in its assigned jurisdiction; therefore, it is within the council’s scope of responsibility to discontinue program at any site it operates.
Program to girls will not be negatively impacted. The Long Range Property Plan is made to enhance the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by providing properties that meet the needs and interests of today’s girls, and their demand for innovative program.
No. Only council representatives may raise funds under the GSSWT name or tax ID. Doing so would compromise the tax exemption status for the entire council. However, owners of the property are free to do what they would like, as long as the property operates under its own name and tax ID number and fundraising efforts are not affiliated with GSSWT.
These decisions were made by the volunteer-led Long Range Property Plan Committee and were based on user criteria identified from the needs assessments that the Long Range Property Plan Committee collected.
A transition plan with an accompanied timeline has been created for each affected property to streamline the changes. All relinquishments will occur by December 31, 2013.
Phase II of the Long Range Property Plan identifies six focus areas throughout the 21-county jurisdiction, and volunteer-led focus groups are being established to help determine locations for new facilities.
If volunteers want to continue to utilize the relinquished property, they must consult and plan activities with the owner. These activities cannot be council-led.
Yes, as long as the owners of the property have provided proof of insurance to GSSWT. This is a requirement for all meeting spaces that host Girl Scout activities.
Council staff has worked to secure meeting locations in areas that have been affected by a relinquished property. Each GO Team will have a list of meeting sites where girls and volunteers in affected areas can meet. Please contact your GO Team manager for further details.
Through the transition plan that has been developed, storage of belongings will be provided by GSSWT for three months ending on March 31, 2014. Those groups not directly affected by the relinquished properties do not currently or have ever had storage space provided by the council.
The council has a transition plan to help those affected. Council will pay for up to three consecutive months of storage following relinquishment of the property, if needed.