With only 39 girls and 31 adults registered for an event that we had hoped would attract more than 2500, we have decided to cancel the Camporee that was originally scheduled for August 10 – 12 at the York Expo Center. This was a tough decision, but based on all of the feedback we received from volunteers and staff about this event, we cannot be confident that our numbers will grow enough to support committing thousands of additional dollars, countless more hours of volunteer and staff time and even more council resources into something that does not appear to appeal to our membership in the manner we had hoped. We have, however, learned a great deal from the planning and preparation that has gone into the Camporee and plan to incorporate these lessons learned into future council-wide events.
While canceling an event is never something we hope and/or plan to do, it is exciting to know that thousands of our girl and adult members have already participated in and/or are scheduled to participate in a variety of 100th Anniversary-themed events including local Service Unit camporees and celebrations, troop activities, the GSHPA tree planting weekend and the upcoming Girl Scouts Rock the Mall National Sing A Long, just to name a few. The success of these events, thanks to many of you, gives all of our girls and adults a variety of ways to celebrate the past century of Girl Scouts and embark on our next one hundred years together. With approximately six months left in our anniversary year, our council's commitment to celebrating the 100th has been extremely impressive thanks to all of the hard work of our volunteers, parents, staff and girls – thank you for all that you have done, have in the works and will do between now and December 2012 to make our centennial a year to remember!