Central Illinois Girl Scouts sharing new camp with public

HONEY BEND, Ill. (AP) — The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois has a new campground and for the first time in the group’s history it’s offering to share a camping facility with the public.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the Girl Scouts obtained the former Honey Bend Resort and Campground in Montgomery County last summer thanks to a donation. But the 70-acre property is more space than the scouts need or can afford to keep up. It has a pool, four lakes, two mini-golf courses, cabins and a bunk house.

Council executive director Pam Kovacevich says the new Camp Soar offers girls many more opportunities.

Kovacevich says Camp Soar will run background checks on seasonal campers. She says profits from sharing the camp with the public will go to pay for property upkeep.