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Camp Wesumkee's sign blown over after the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over the camp.

Continuing our commitment to girls in the Florida Keys and Miami after Hurricane Irma

Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida experienced damage on all properties, including an expected total loss at Camp Wesumkee in the Florida Keys.

We will rebuild, but we need your help.

Girl Scouts tell us “camping trips” are one of the best things about their Girl Scout experience. It’s true: connecting with nature in a girl-led setting is one of the greatest benefits of belonging to Girl Scouts.

Hurricane Irma damaged every property in our area. The extent of the damage varies, from lost trees and minor structural damage, to massive loss in the Keys. Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida depends on these properties to provide quality time outdoors for girls, their troops, families, and friends from Miami, the Keys, and across the country.

What is the status of Girl Scouts and Girl Scout properties in the Florida Keys?

Our beloved Camp Wesumkee located on Scout Key in the Florida Keys, camp suffered significant damage, with some building being condemned. Wesumkee is a mere 8 miles from where the eye of Hurricane Irma first came ashore.

What about the Girl Scout properties in Miami-Dade County?

Our three properties in the Miami area—Camp Choee (also the location of our Council Service Center), Camp Mahachee and South Miami Little House are now partially reopened.

While we have been able to re-open most of Camp Choee, our beloved Barbara Moore Program Center is closed until further notice.  The BMPC was damaged in Hurricane Irma.  Both the building structure and systems are not in working order.  We are working closely with our insurance company to determine next steps for the building.

How can you help Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida recover from Hurricane Irma?

We have been asked by friends inside and outside Girl Scouting across the country how they can help. There are several things you can do:

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Donate to our TRI (Tropical Rebuilding from Irma) Fund. Studies show that girls today are not spending nearly enough time outdoors. Technology and structured activities leave less time for girls to get outside and enjoy nature. Help us rebuild our camps so girls will have plenty of opportunities to create their own outdoor adventures.

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Use this disaster as an opportunity to create or review your own disaster plan. Girl Scouts' motto is "Be Prepared."

Prepare yourself, your family and your business for disasters which may impact you. Use ready.gov to help you make a plan and talk to your kids about natural disasters

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Get outside! Appreciate the geography around you. Volunteer with your local Girl Scout council to get girls outside in your hometown. Because when Girl Scouts get outside, they:

  • Discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges
  • Develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall
  • Become team players and care more about protecting our environment