Local troop leaders continue fight for Camp Westana


WHITEFISH, Mont. - Girl Scout leaders are rallying to raise half a million dollars to save Camp Westana, located just north of Whitefish on Lower Stillwater Lake.

NBC Montana told you this past week how the scouts cannot afford to lease the camp after Montana Department of Natural Resources reappraised the camp at $500,000. The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming are planning to terminate the current lease on January 15th.

Leader Becky Johnson-Opalka held a bake sale at the Mountain Mall in Whitefish Saturday morning. Her scouts were were excited to do their part and save a camp where so many memories have been made.

Kate Hatfield and Elizabeth Opalka, both Junior Girl Scouts, said they'd hate to see the camp close.

"I'd feel sad for the future Girl Scouts because they'd never get a chance to learn all those things that we have learned," said Hatfield.

"We grew up there and that's one of our favorite places to be," said Opalka. 'When we're sleeping it's where we can actually be together and do stuff together."

Leaders are still looking into a permanent easement for the camp but need a public entity to sign on and say Montana State Parks would be a good fit.

For more on fundraising efforts, visit their Facebook page and blog.

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