We decided that our best strategy for keeping Crowell Hilaka was to increase the usage of the camp.
Part of the problem appeared to be clerical: There were troop leaders who were applying to use sites, but were recieivng notices back from the council office that sites were not available . We reported these, encouraged leaders to follow up, and asked Council to review campsite registration procedures. We also researched GSUSA insurance policies so that non-GS members would be allowed to attend events and to volunteer on site.
Another challenge was that Crowell Hilaka had been a Lake Erie Council camp, so the troops based closest had never used it and had no way of knowing what an extraordinarily beautiful place it was. All they saw was that the cost of "cabin" rentals was higher than at Timberlane. So FoCH arranged to offer "camperships" Any troops who rented sites in January , February, or March 2010 would only have to pay half price; FoCH would cover the other half. We organized free Sunday Fundays ( see FoCH timeline). Probably the most significant event was R.A.I.N.B.O.W.S. Day Camp - organized and run by volunteer Kim Janakovics