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Long Range Property Planning : Program Drives Property

What's This All About?

In February of 2019, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois started work to identify the facilities and resources needed to provide the Girl Scout experience desired by our Girl Scout members.  This work, being carried out by the LRPP Task Group, will provide a data driven report to assist in setting priorities for future investment in facilities and resources.

Girls and adults took our Long Range Property Planning Survey, which closed on June 16. Girl members then answered nine more questions about Girl Scout programming preferences through the "Focusing Her Vision" survey in October. Thank you to everyone who shared their voices!


See below for details regarding our Virtual Town Hall Meeting and view the results of the surveys presented by GSofSI CEO Loretta Graham and Long Range Property Planning Task Group Chair John McCracken.    

LRPP Task Group Charge

The LRPP Task Group is comprised of three sub-committees:

  • Membership & Market
  • Programs
  • Facilities & Resources

The members of the LRPP Task Group include community experts, volunteers, girls, board members and staff.

LRPP Task Group Chair: John McCracken

The goal of the LRPP Task Group is to ensure GSofSI properties and resources meet the needs and interests of existing and future girls. The work and recommendations of the three subcommittees will be consolidated by the LRPP Task Group into a spreadsheet identifying the property and resources needed to provide the future programs and experiences of the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois.


Task Group Composition:
The LRPP Task Group is comprised of community experts, Girl Scout volunteers, Girl Scouts, board members and council staff, with input gathered throughout the process directly from girls.

LRPP Timeline

Membership & Market Subcommittee
May-June Market Research 
July present results

Program Subcommittee
May-September Identify and develop Girl Scout programs
based on Membership and Market results
September present results

Facilities & Resources Subcommittee
May-August Inventory of GSofSI and third-party facilities and resources
September evaluate facilities and resources
based on Membership and Program results

LRPP Task Group
October Compile results from sub-committees and create report  
November-December Present report to Board of Directors

Market & Membership Charge

Market & Membership Committee:
Nancy Anderson (GSofSI) – Lead
Anne Haltenhof
Marci Malnar
Carolyn Green

This committee, through surveys, will look into the future and answer the question “What experiences and learning opportunities do Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois need to provide?” This committee will support its answers with market research, taking into consideration the span of ages of Girl Scouts, demographics, regional preferences and affordability. 

Program Charge

Program Committee:
Carolyn Miener (GSofSI) – Lead
Kim Lee – (GSofSI)
Deanna Litzenburg
Susan Bowman
Katharine Housewright
Sarah Drury-Dothager

The Program committee will identify and develop the types of programs needed to provide the experiences and opportunities identified by the Membership & Market Committee. This committee will categorize the programs by type, age appropriateness, and the facilities and resources required to deliver the programs.

Facilities & Resources Charge

Facilities & Resources Committee:
Wayne Nelson (GSofSI) – Lead
Amanda Moore (GSofSI)
Kelley Young (GSofSI)
Steve Bushong
Jim Sabella
Erin Grider-Way
Jane Louer

This committee will identify the availability and need for facilities and resources to provide the programs identified by the Program Committee. This committee will develop a database of programming facilities and resources available at existing Girl Scout and third-party properties.

LRPP Frequently Asked Questions

Will the LRPP Task Group decide if council owned properties (including camps) should be closed/sold?

No, that is not the job of the LRPP Task Group.  The LRPP Task Group will provide the Board of Directors with data and information regarding programs and resources desired by girls in our council. The Board may then use this information for decision making and prioritizing investments in available facilities and resources.  Any decision to sell or close council owned properties would have to be brought before, and decided upon, by the Board of Directors.   

How long will this process take?

This process should take roughly 9-12 months and should be completed in November or December of 2019.   

How is input from membership being gathered?

In the initial phase the Membership & Market Subcommittee will conduct surveys of both girls and adult volunteers. These surveys will be available on the GSofSI website and social media (i.e. Facebook, Instagram etc.)   

How will the membership learn of survey results?

Survey results will be provided at a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on July 9, 2019. The GSofSI website will be updated regularly throughout the entire LRPP process.

"Her Vision Of Tomorrow" Virtual Town Hall

Thank you to all those who attended our Virtual Town Hall meeting on July 9 to hear "Her Vision of Tomorrow" survey results presented by CEO Loretta Graham and Long Range Property Planning Task Group Chair John McCracken.

Below is the video presentation and the presentation available without audio:

Her Vision of Tomorrow Survey Results Presentation Deck 


Virtual Town Hall FAQ:

1.     How many people attended the live virtual town hall meeting?

According to the statistics created by the meeting software, twenty-one people participated in the Her Vision of Tomorrow Survey Results Virtual Town Hall. 

2.     Will council provide a copy of the town hall slides?

Yes. A PDF of the slide deck can be found on the Long Range Property Planning page of the GSofSI website. 

3.     If the survey is separated by demographics can service units have results for their area?

Unfortunately, we cannot divide the data by service unit. Due to the number of responses from each service unit, the data would not be statistically significant. 

4.     Can the results of the Girl Survey be broken down by age group?

Yes. Council will provide a younger/older girls breakdown, and post it on the Long Range Property Planning page of the GSofSI website.

5.     If the majority of the girls responding are younger, why would they want to plan an event? Is that not a skew with the demographics

Only 26% of girls consider it very important.  It is not unusual that some of the younger girls want to have a say in activities.

6.     How does this program assessment apply to property?

We need to know what types of experiences and programs the girls want to in order to identify the properties, facilities and resources we need to provide those programs and experiences.

7.     Will the decision be made to close any camp(s)?

The survey information will be presented to the board to use and evaluate as they make decisions regarding council properties. 


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