IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – In an effort to save money, Girl Scout councils across the country are making proposals that would have been unthinkable a generation ago: selling summer camps that date back to the 1950s.

Leaders say the properties have become a financial drain at a time when girls are less interested in camp. But defenders of the properties insist the camping experience must be preserved for future generations.

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For decades, the camps have been cherished places where thousands of young girls spent summer breaks hiking, huddling around campfires and building friendships.

In 2012 the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains closed Camp Timberlake near Azle. The camp had sat on the shore of Eagle Mountain Lake for more than 60 years.

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Scouting alums and volunteers who support the camps have packed public meetings, sent letters to newspapers and recorded a protest song for YouTube.

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