Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Launches Capital Campaign to Expand and Renovate its New Liberty, Iowa, Camp,
Enhancing Girls' Leadership Success

The public phase of the "Outdoor Odyssey" campaign kicks off to raise remainder of $3 million goal

Who: Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois is a nonprofit organization that builds girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

What: A public launch of the "Outdoor Odyssey" capital campaign to build a new, climate controlled, year-round lodge with adjoining cabins; update the equestrian area; remodel the pool house; and improve the entry road and parking, all at the Girl Scouts' New Liberty camp. Campaign chair, Marie Ziegler, retired John Deere executive, will be introduced and provide brief remarks. A Girl Scout who participated in camp activities will share how the program has positively impacted her life.

When:             Sat., April 11, at 9 a.m. Program beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Where:            iWireless Center - Outside Pavilion on the East Side, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL 61265

Why: The campaign steering committee has exciting news to share regarding the campaign goal and amount raised to date. The committee now asks community members and businesses to help fund the infrastructure needed to give girls the opportunity to create leadership skills through the outdoors. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois has a proven track record of helping girls become leaders. With more than 19,000 girls and 5,000 volunteers across the 38-county council, Girl Scouts has encouraged girls to discover, connect and take action through hundreds of programs offered each year, teaching leadership skills to last a lifetime.

Girls participate in outdoor programs such as Archery Adventure, Family Camp, Challenge Quest, Teen Mentoring and Day Camp. It is now time to expand the opportunities by providing them year round. This project will provide the environment to do just that.

Outdoor activities are a major part of the Girl Scout leadership program. Through the outdoors, girls are exposed to challenges that require problem-solving and decision-making to overcome obstacles. They grow in courage every time they try something new whether zip lining or hiking; and, through working with others, they learn cooperation and conflict resolution.

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