Updates from August 2020
Camp Dorothy Thomas Rezoning Passed
We have an exciting Her Vision of Tomorrow update. Our request for a rezoning of roughly 30 acres of land at Camp Dorothy Thomas was recently approved by the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners in a unanimous vote. This was a critical step for GSWCF to move forward with the plan that was set in motion two years ago to shore up this camp’s boundaries and provide much needed funds for the ongoing restoration of our camp properties and outdoor programming.
With the rezoning approved, we can proceed with the sale which allows the council to not only recoup the funds previously spent to purchase a strip of land that cut deep into our boundary, but also provides additional funds to help finance future program and property enhancements. This means projects like the revitalization of CDT’s pool and bathhouse area, restoring aging infrastructure and so many more critical needs can begin moving forward. “These funds will revitalize our camps and fulfill our commitment to offering outdoor programming opportunities to girls for decades to come,” said GSWCF CEO, Mary Pat King.
We are also excited to announce that Pulte Homes is the developer who will be purchasing this property. Pulte Homes is treating this as more than just a business transaction by positioning themselves as a true partner and supporter of our mission. They have displayed a commitment to working with Girl Scouts in the years to come by offering girl-engagement program opportunities and sponsorships.
During the rezoning process, GSWCF worked with Hillsborough County officials to identify 15 acres on our property that will be a designated conservation easement. This land, which will be under our supervision, provides opportunities for outdoor education and aligns with the environmental Girl Scout mission to be good stewards of the land.