A Scott County judge is ruling that the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois have the right to close and sell four camps. A two-day trial took place in January.
Five women petitioned the court to stop the controversial sale, saying it should not happen without a vote of the membership. But a judge says the Scout council has a right to make fiscal decisions regarding the sale of its property without membership support.
The Scout council says research has shown that girls are more interested in adventure and travel opportunities than rustic camp experiences. Council CEO Diane Nelson tells the Quad-City Times she was relieved to hear the verdict. The petitioners say they are evaluating their options.
(Reporting by Phil Roberts, Davenport)