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Girl Scouts see decline in membership, revenue

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

For the Girl Scouts going to camp on the Southside, summer has been going great.

"It's just a thing where a bunch of us get together, go to camp and meet new people," said Veronica Yancey, one of the campers.

"I just like how you can find new friends that you never knew," said Jasmine Garrett, also a camper on the Southside.

However, the summer for the organization as a whole is not going as smoothly. The Girl Scouts organization is facing some challenges, including a drop in membership, declining revenues, as well as a shortage of volunteers.

"The girls have a lot of things to compete with these days," says Tara Nobles, creative services senior manager at the Savannah Girl Scouts office. "There are a lot of extra curricular activities. There are a lot of sports. One thing that's a challenge is we never have quite enough adult volunteers."

While its too early to predict this year's membership numbers here in Savannah, the area Girl Scouts office says the declining situation is likely the case in this region, too.  

"I think we will experience or are experience a small decrease in our numbers for this year in terms of membership," says Nobles.

While the end of the membership year is not until September, here in the birthplace of the Girl Scouts they are working on keeping up the program with the times to keep the girls interested.

One of the other problems the organization is facing is a $3.5 million deficit in their pension plan.

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