- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - An auction will sell items of possible value from the Girl Scouts’ shuttered Camp O’Fairwinds in Lapeer County as officials work to determine what will happen to the land where it operated for decades.

The Oct. 11 auction will include personal property, equipment and building materials from the 465-acre camp off McKeen Lake that closed in 2009, The Flint Journal reported (https://bit.ly/ZFRs5u ). The list of items up for sale includes bunk beds, brooms and industrial kitchen gear.

Remaining structures are scheduled for demolition in November, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan spokeswoman Yavonkia Jenkins said. The Girl Scouts are working out plans for what will happen with the land from the camp, which was established in the 1930s.

Wally Green’s father purchased all the property around the lake in 1917. In 1930, the Girl Scouts approached him about buying several hundred acres to build a camp. Green still lives in his family’s home on the lake. For decades, he and his family volunteered at the camp.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Green, 76. “I will be certain I am not there on Oct. 11 to see my history auctioned off to the highest bidder.”

Camp O’Fairwinds closed after the old Fairwinds Council was merged with three others to form the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan. Sue Brown, of Imlay City, served as board president of the Fairwinds Council and said it’s a shame the camp is gone.

“I went there as a Girl Scout, I took my Girl Scout troops there, my daughters went there, my mother was the camp nurse there,” said Brown, 59.

Word of the auction follows news that the Girl Scouts idled Camp Innisfree in Livingston County and may sell that property. Competition from camps devoted to academics, the arts and sports - and a drop in Michigan’s school-age population - were factors in that decision.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint


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