Girl Scouts plan campaign

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh-based Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council is looking for a consultant to help it gear up for a capital campaign that could total $5 million.

The campaign would support expansion of the council’s two camps in Johnston and Richmond counties, new science and technology programs and an increase in its endowment, says Pat Wright, executive director.

The council’s board has not set a campaign goal but has worked with consultant Robert Hartsook, who studied the feasibility of a $7 million drive and concluded a drive could raise $5 million.

“We just need a bit more time in terms of heightening the awareness and really telling the story about what we do,” Wright says.

Formed in 1963, the council serves 21,600 girls and 9,500 adult volunteers a year in 20 counties.

The council, which has never held a capital campaign, wants to expand the two camps, which serve more than 8,000 girls a year, and operate them year-round.

They were built more than 40 years ago as summer camps when the council served only several hundred girls and adults.

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