By: Sharon Aron Baron
Before beginning their revitalization efforts at Camp Telogia in Parkland, the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida have announced they have received a grant from The Batchelor Foundation.
The funds received will help them with their first phase, which includes the site plan, the demolition of two structures that are no longer safe to use, and the removal of invasive vegetation from the property.
The Batchelor Foundation provides philanthropic support for nonprofits who focus on promoting good health, education, and well-being of children, animal welfare, and the preservation of the natural environment in South Florida, will fund the majority of the phase. They provided the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida with $65,000, with $59,000 going towards the revitalization of Camp Telogia, and $6,000 for the restoration of Camp Welaka in Jupiter.
Completion of the first phase will allow Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida plan for future phases, including the renovation of the main building on the property, the addition of a new bathroom structure, pavilions, and fire circles.
The entire project is estimated to cost around $1 million, and the funds will need to be raised to complete the renovations.
Sara Nunez, Chief Development Officer for Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, said they were grateful to the Batchelor Foundation for their generous support.
“Their partnership will allow us to begin the crucial task of bringing our beloved Camp Telogia back to life,” she said.
Camp Telogia is a 9.5-acre Girl Scout camp located on Holmberg Road and has been in operation since 1961 when the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida took ownership of the land through a gift from Broward County. It closed in the summer of 2017, and thanks to a restriction written into the 56-year-old deed, it wasn’t sold because the property had been unused for two years; therefore, its ownership reverted back to the county.
The camp is in dire need of a full renovation, which will allow the Girl Scouts to utilize the camp for generations to come. To donate, visit gssef.org/en/donate. If you would like to give specifically to the Camp Telogia revitalization project, specify on their general donation form under the additional notes section.
- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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