RMM wrote:It seems there is more to the question that has not been shared. Would you care to elaborate on the question?
We had a 1000 acre camp donated to our council back in the late 1960's or early 70's. It was bordered on 3 sides by an Indian Reservation. There were another 100 acres scattered around the area. The farthest was about 50 acres 12 miles to the north. These out lying parcels were sold off.
About 15 years ago we were required to merge with another council. The council had 7 camps. The 2 camps that were run by volunteers have been sold off. The reason given was operating costs were too
high for those camps. Volunteers did all of the work, erected buildings, plumbed and wired them according to code. We never charged scouts for the use of them. Once we merged, we were required to pay THEIR fees to use THEIR camp. It required $100 to open the front gate, and $2 per scout per night to use. Each building required a fee to open or make available, even though we continued to maintain the camp with volunteers.
The district's favorite camp still exists. They list it as a HIGH ADVENTURE camp. 600 acres. Paved trails, latrines with vending machines, catered meals, and tents set up for you.
One camp that was kept is less than 20 acres.
For this council, scouting ends at the city limits. Those troops that are 100-200 miles away are now forced to go elsewhere for camping. Most of them choose to go elsewhere.
The outgoing BSA head honcho sold the most of camp privately for a private hunting reservation. The new owner cut down walnut trees and sold them to a local mill to come up with the funds for the camp.
$1500 will now buy you the opportunity to shoot a deer in a bermed corral.
The remainder of the camp and all buildings were sold to a local farmer.
Our portion of the council wasn't informed of the decision to sell the camp until it was a done deal.
There's no government, like NO government.