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Scouts Focus On Easton Upgrade

Camp Easton Boy Scouts of America has circulated an email to supporters, Scouts and contributors in lieu of the decision to end negotiations with Discovery Land Co. for the Lake Coeur d'Alene site. It reads in part:

We are now focused on upgrading the current Camp Easton site to make it the best and safest camp possible now and in the future. Over the past year, many members of our Scouting family have expressed strong support for Camp Easton and for that we are grateful. Camping is an essential element to the Scouting experience. This is why we will soon be launching a capital campaign for Camp Easton. Funds raised will be used to construct a tunnel under Highway 97 to connect both parts of our camp to create a safer and more functional environment for Scouts. We are also excited to make additional improvements to enhance the camping experience. Plans will likely include improved infrastructure, better staff housing, improved camp headquarters and new program features. More here.

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Boy Scouts Will Keep Camp Easton

The proposed land swap of a historic Boy Scout camp, a plan that had garnered litigation and a scout protest march, won't be happening. The Boy Scouts of America Inland Northwest Council announced on Wednesday that the council and a luxury developer have ended discussions over the proposal to exchange Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d'Alene for a new camp at a different site. “We were committed at every step to do our very best to make the right decision for our organization,” states a letter posted on the INC website on Wednesday from Tim McCandless, INC scout executive and CEO, and Barry Baker, council president/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you glad that the Boy Scouts will hold onto Camp Easton?

Judge To Hear Easton Arguments

A 1st District judge in North Idaho will hear arguments this week on whether the Boy Scouts’ Inland Northwest Council can trade a historic campsite for another parcel of land. Judge John Luster will hold a hearing Tuesday, the Coeur d’Alene Press reports. A group of Camp Easton supporters have sued the Scouts, contending the plan to trade the land violates the terms of the deed for the campsite. The group is seeking a permanent injunction to prevent the property from being used for anything besides a camp for boys. The council wants to sell the 420-acre campsite to an Arizona developer, who plans to convert the land into lakefront properties. In exchange, the developer would provide 270 acres elsewhere on the lake and build a new camp/AP. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo of Feb. 24 protest of Camp Easton proposed sale)

Question: Do you support/oppose land swap for Camp Easton?

Scouts To Pursue Camp Easton Swap

The executive board of regional Boy Scouts voted in favor of pursuing a purchase option agreement with an Arizona developer on Wednesday, which could result in exchanging a historic Boy Scout camp for a new camp to be built at a different site. The Inland Northwest Council's executive board vote tallied 24 in favor, six opposed and three abstaining to begin negotiations with Discovery Land Company. “These (board members) that were there, they spent so much time investigating, meeting with people on their own, reading the 40 pages from the survey,” said Scout Executive Tim McCandless, referring to a recent survey to constituents on the project. “This was the most comprehensive decision I've seen an executive board make”/Alecia Warren, CdA Press. More here. (SR file photo: A Tiger Cub Scout gets help with a bow and arrow from his dad at Camp Easton)

Question: Do you support this decision?

Survey: 61% OK w/Easton Swap

Item: Scout survey: Majority OK with swap: Results will guide council's decision on Camp Easton/Alecia Warren, CdA Press

More Info: The written results are posted online at www.nwscouts.org under Council Camps, as well as a 52-page report replete with charts and graphs mapping out the response percentages. “We've provided every comment made, with no editing of any kind,” McCandless said. “We wanted to put it out there, and let people read it for themselves.” To the survey's chief question, asking whether folks want the INC board to negotiate a comprehensive agreement with Discovery and give up the current property for a new camp, 61 percent were in favor and 39 percent opposed.

Question: Do you agree with the survey results?