Local Boy Scout Camp Set to be Closed, but Options to be Explored

The local boy scout camp, the Chief Logan Reservation near Richmond Dale, is set to be closed September 1, 2020.

But in their board meeting Thursday, the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America report they added to their resolution to appoint a committee to immediately investigate revenue-generating options for the camp, and deliver a plan at the January 2020 Executive Board meeting.

That can include sale, lease, license, or other transactions of any portion or interests in the camp property. The Council hosted a three-hour information session Tuesday in Chillicothe after concerns and oppositions were voiced about the proposed closing.

The council also voted to sell a 60 acres parcel of Camp Lazarus, located in Delaware, Ohio.

Below is the Council's news release:

COLUMBUS, OHIO (November 14, 2019) – After thoughtful deliberation, the Simon Kenton Council Board has approved an amended resolution regarding the future of Chief Logan Reservation. The amended resolution includes the following:

On or before September 1, 2020, suspend all Simon Kenton Council operations at Chief Logan Reservation. Appoint a committee, including two members of the Chief Logan Reservation Staff Alumni Association, to immediately investigate revenue generating options including, but not limited to the sale, lease, license, or other transaction, of any or all portions of, or interests in, Chief Logan Reservation, and deliver a plan at the January 2020 Executive Board meeting.

The Board also approved the second resolution to explore the sale or lease of a parcel of land on the southeast corner of Camp Lazarus in Delaware, OH.

“After engaging with and listening to members of our council, the passion for our camps is evident. Tonight we identified a path forward to ensure that additional options can be explored regarding the future of Chief Logan Reservation,” said Council Board President, Chris Miller.

"Our camps are more than a property – they are a classroom in the woods where kids can escape from the stress of day-to-day life, learn new skills and make memories for life. We’re excited about the enthusiasm of our members and invite all in our community to be a part of Scouting,” said Scout Executive, Jeff Moe.

About the Council

The Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest councils in the nation serving 18 counties in central and southern Ohio and Greenup County in northern Kentucky.

The council is staffed by more than 40 professional and administrative Scouters with more than 6,500 adult volunteers delivering the Scouting program to more than 18,000 youth at 533 chartered organizations.

For more information, please visit the website at www.skcscouts.org

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