It is early Sunday morning and I am sitting beside the wooded shores of Wolverine Lake at Owasippe Scout Reservation in Blue Lake Township, Michigan. As I enjoy the quiet and solitude, I reflect on some recent interviews with Joe Sener and Ron Derby of the Owasippe Outdoor Education Center (OOEC) (http://www.ooec.org) about their efforts to stop the sale of Owasippe to developers by the Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
I can’t believe the perseverance and fortitude of these people. They have been tirelessly working to preserve Owasippe since 2002 and their efforts have finally started to pay off. The Chicago Area Council is currently planning to retain about 2,100 acres of 4,800 acre camp for their summer camp program and pursue selling the rest of the property to a conservation buyer.
In May the Owasippe Task Force submitted a report with recommendations to strengthen Owasippe Scout Reservation’s operations and identifying the portion of the property seen as critical to the continued operation of the camp. (Read the Report) Recently, the council also has also given OOEC an agreement to operate the camp in the off-season.
We are writing a detailed history of the possible sale of Owasippe and the efforts to save the camp from development to illustrate for our visitors the type of efforts that maybe involved in trying to save their camps.
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