- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Two organizations are vying for future rights to a Boy Scouts’ camp in Jackson.

The Michigan Crossroads Council determined last December that this would be the last season the Boy Scouts ran Camp Teetonkah.

The council is deciding whether to give the property to the Jackson County Parks Department or the Friends of Camp Teetonkah, a nonprofit created by scouting volunteers and local organizations. The decision will be made by the end of the year.

The council - which oversees the Boy Scouts’ properties, personnel and programs - will have to give the camp away or sell it for $1 because of an agreement when the Boy Scouts first tried shutting it down in 1997.

A nearly $1 million endowment was raised to keep the camp alive then, and a resolution was agreed on so the Boy Scouts couldn’t sell the camp if they decided to close it again.

The council’s outdoor adventures director Frank Reigelman said the council will honor the resolution, even though it could potentially be overruled by a new resolution.

Officials with Friends of Camp Teetonkah said the group won’t fight to take the endowment, but that they have raised the funds for it.

Reigelman said the funds never belonged to the group, which is why the council will keep the money that has accrued interest to now total $1.5 million.

The 240-acre camp opened in 1912 and is the second oldest Boy Scouts’ Camp in the nation. The closest Boy Scout camps to Jackson besides Camp Teetonkah are Rota-Kiwan Scouting Reservation in Kalamazoo and Camp Munhacke near Chelsea.


Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, https://www.mlive.com/jackson

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