Scout Hut’s fate unknown till at least fall

2012-05-12T06:15:00Z Scout Hut’s fate unknown till at least fallBy Jennifer Moody, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald

LEBANON — State Girl Scout officials say no decisions on the fate of the Girl Scout Hut in Lebanon are expected until at least this fall.

The 75-year-old Scout hut at 1343 Park St. has been recommended for closure by a committee for the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The state council is putting together a long-range property plan and asked the committee to evaluate properties for use, cost and safety. According to an online report, committee members found the Lebanon program center to be in poor repair and not often occupied, conclusions area Girl Scout leaders are disputing.

“At this point, we are still seeking input  from our members,” Mark Allen, chairman of the GSOSW Properties Committee, said in an email to the Democrat-Herald this week. “After the comment period closes this month, the properties committee will convene to determine if any changes should be made to the plan. It will then be submitted to the board of directors for final approval. I expect this will not happen until this fall.”

Because the plan isn’t yet final, Allen said he has no specific timeline for closing the center.

“It will certainly be available until the board makes a final decision and probably for some time afterward as we determine its disposition if the decision is made to sell the property,” he said.

Allen said part of the council’s property plan is a directive to the program department “to develop lists of resources that can be used as alternative sites for Girl Scout programs.”

But Scout leaders have said their troops have few options for meeting places if their center should close.

Churches and other community gathering places in Lebanon already are heavily used, wouldn’t be able to provide long-term storage space and usually have restrictions on when they can be reserved, said Alma Jean King, leader of Junior Troop 21317.

Public comments on the plan are being accepted until Tuesday, May 15, at www.girlscoutsosw.org/camp/properties/LRPP.

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