By Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

WALKER, Iowa (AP) - A Camp Fire camp is closing after 83 years of summer fun in eastern Iowa.

Camp Fire officials say Camp Hitaga’s financial obligations can no longer be met. They blamed increasing expenses for maintenance and declining attendance.

Officials say 200 or more campers would flock to the camp each summer week in the 1960s. Camp director Valerie Smith told Cedar Rapids television station KCRG (https://bit.ly/1qfr4d2 ) there have been only 150 campers during each of the past two summers.

Camp officials hope that whoever buys the camp property will preserve it in some way. The camp sits about eight miles east-southeast of Walker.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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