Valparaiso Girl Scout camp to close
By Amy LAvalley Post-Tribune correspondent September 30, 2011 2:06PM
A group of girls hike on a trail at Camp Meadowbrook in Valparaiso. Plans to close the popular camp are part of a plan to consolidate properties within the council district. | Archive~Sun-Times Media
IF YOU GO
An open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Camp Meadowbrook, with a flag ceremony at 10 a.m. and a closing ceremony at 5 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2011 9:08AM
VALPARAISO — The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana has announced it is closing Camp Meadowbrook on County Road 700 North, north of Valparaiso.
The measure is part of a consolidation of camp properties in the Chicago area, which comes three years after the Northwest Indiana and Chicago scout councils merged. Summer camp programs could be shifted to Camp Butternut Springs, which also is in the Valparaiso area.
A two-year study of camp properties resulted in retaining seven of 12 camps, including Camp Butternut Springs.
It is considerably larger than Meadowbrook and includes a swimming pool and other amenities.
Two camps in the Chicago area are being rested—they will be maintained but not used until the council figures out what to do with them. Another three, including Meadowbrook, are being retired.
“We will divest of them. It could mean a lot of different things,” including selling them to new owners or turning them over to a land trust, said Julie Somogyi, director of marketing for the scouts’ regional office in Chicago.
Camp Meadowbrook first opened in 1946 in Burns Harbor, near the former Bethlehem Steel, said Jeanne Reynolds, president of the council’s board of directors. Reynolds, who lives in Ogden Dunes, said the camp moved to its present location in 1963.
Any financial gains from selling the retired camps would go to make improvements at the seven active camps, Reynolds said, adding summer programs at Meadowbrook would most likely be relocated to Butternut Springs. “What the girls end up with is a more modernized, safer camp,” she said.