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Girl Scouts continue efforts to save Camp Coleman

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One of the first girl scouts to attend one of the oldest girl scout camps in the country..  spent the afternoon with some young girls  hoping to save it. Camp Coleman in Trussville is one of 4 camps expected to close next year.

In a little house in Irondale, memories were shared between three different generations of girl scouts. 101-year-old Jessie Atkinson enjoyed Camp Coleman for ten years after  it opened in 1925. "Good memories, and I'd like for other girls to have the same memories I have."

But that may not happen after next year. The 87-year-old camp is expected to go up for sale along with 3 other camps. April Smith "I think if someone hears the passion behind these memories that it may trigger a little bit of heart there."

Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama says operational cost is high to run the camp and attendance has been down. But many girl scouts want it to remain open because of its history.

Girl Scout Eva Mensch says "Most people I know get their friends from camp and it's something that's educational." With worry the camp will close she and other girl scouts are now calling themselves the Coleman girls.

During the Summer, they helped gather hundreds of signatures for petitions to keep the camp open now adding Atkinson to the list. Atkinson says  "It's worth saving, there's a lot of memories there and a lot yet to be made."

Troop Leader April Smith says there were more than 900 campers this summer at Camp Coleman, which was higher than any of the camps. Monday morning the girl scouts are having a Save Camp Coleman Rally in front of the Girl Scout Council off Highway 280  from 11:00 to 12:30 they're hoping council members will talk to them about the situation.