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Ken Jacobsen, Jr. is a volunteer with LandChoices and the editor of this blog, SaveCamps.org. Ken is an adult leader (Cub Master) for the Boy Scouts, a father of a 3rd grade boy (Bear Cub Scout) and kindergarten girl (Daisy Scout), Eagle Scout, Church study group leader, amateur nature photographer (www.naturephotosonline.com), and Director of Sales & Marketing for a Microsoft Dynamics Partner (www.tmgroupinc.com).

“I am a volunteer editor for this blog. I was introduced to the work of LandChoices through an article in the local paper and brochures I’d seen at local businesses. When I saw that they had launched their Big Camps program, I felt compelled to contact them to see how I could get involved.”

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Survey Released to Gather Views on Sale of Camp Easton

Email surveys have been sent out by The Inland Northwest Council of the Boy Scouts asking scouts, volunteers and supporters their view on the possible sale of Camp Easton. Read full article.

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Girl Scout Cookie Sales Boycott in North East Ohio

Many Girl Scouts in North East Ohio are boycotting Girl Scout Cookie sales over the planned sale of their camps. These camps are being sold in spite of the fact that the majority of their delegates recently votes to stop the sale of the camps. Read the full article.

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We Absolutely Love Our Cookie Sale, Our Camps and Our Crafts

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois CEO Diane Nelson is quoted in a nice article “Girl Scouts turn 100” in The Quad-City Times on November 29th about their fundraiser A Night on Broadway and the GSUSA program in general. “We absolutely love our cookie sale, our camps and our crafts as they’re a [...]

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Sale of Girl Scout Camps in Northeast Ohio to Continue

This disappointing news was posted to our Facebook group today: Friendsof Crowellhilaka Even though 60% of the General Assembly voted this past October to stop the sales of four of our camps in Northeast Ohio, today our Board of Directors has announced that the sales will continue regardless and in spite of the membership. Then [...]

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Financial Owes Prompt WA BSA Council to Sell Camp Properties

Here is an interesting article about the state of Washington’s Grand Columbia Council of Boy Scouts of America selling an office building and about 250 acres of camp properties.  The Council had accumulated $1.6 million in debt after making improvements to Camp Fife required by the state including the water system and upgrading the electrical [...]

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MA BSA Camp Building States Largest Solar Array

In spring of 2012, a 25 acre solar array will be built in Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland Massachusetts. This will be owned and built by Nexamp, a leading solar independent power producer. It will save the camp about $20,000 per year as well as power about 900 homes. Read the full article at [...]

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CA BSA Camp Masonite-Navarro Still For Sale Despite Improved Finances

In an article published August 3rd the Redwood Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America said that although finances have improved this year and they are no long operating at a deficit, camp Masonite-Navarro remains on the market. “Faced with severe budget problems, the council in March put Camp Masonite-Navarro on the market at [...]

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Anne Jackson Memorial Girl Scout Camp in Wilton Center, NH Closed

“Camp Anne Jackson will not hold summer camp in 2012 but will still be available for troop camping until further notice,” says the notice on Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains website. Camp Anne Jackson was established in the early 1960s. Its 79 acres is a mix of forests and fields. There is [...]

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NY BSA Camp Portaferry Sold to Developer

Here is an article from June about camp being sold in New York’s St Lawrence County by the Longhouse Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The 388 acre Camp Portaferry has been closed since 2006 and was being sold to a developer for $487,500 that plans to build residential houses on approximately 7 acre [...]

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