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DeePee: Leave Camp Easton Alone

SR Editorial: Scouts need to put future first as Camp Easton choice made

DeePee: To quote from an S-R editorial on Sept. 4, re the Gozzard Gated crowd’s desire to acquire Camp Easton from the Boy Scouts: “Weighing complex transaction details, a sandy beach and tradition against the chance for new, expanded facilities in a new setting is a daunting task. Ultimately, it’s the Scouts of the future who should come first.” Boy, talking about coming out four-square for parsley. Camp Easton was a gift from the Silver Valley, from long-time Bunker Hill honcho Stanly Easton. (1873-1961). Tradition must trump commercialism in this case. If the camp needs fixing up (according to the S-R editorial) then give us time to raise the money and recruit some Scouts to help with the labor. It’s not Scouting’s rustic tradition that has become obsolete; it is this gang of thugs running it now out of San Francisco, Spokane and Lewiston. Stan Easton and Hank Day must be spinning in their graves. Don’t mess with the Silver Valley. (SR file photo/Jesse Tinsley: of Camp Easton activity)

Question: How much should history play in the decision by Boy Scout leaders to keep or sell Camp Easton?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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