Camp Easton established in 1929 was being considered to be closed and swapped to a developer who was going to purchase a new camp for the Inland Northwest Council Boy Scouts of America. Under this potential agreement, the developer offered to buy 270 acres at Sunup Bay, build brand new facilities, and provide $2.5 million endowment for scout camp maintenance and improvements.
Jeff Crandall, legal representative of Camp Easton Forever, Inc., a nonprofit aimed at preventing the exchange in an article on www.cdspress is quoted “I admit with enough money, you could go back to the bank and probably mend fences and put this deal back on the table,” Crandall said. “But right now, they’re certainly not in the position to be able to perform.”
The article published October 22nd, explains that Mountain West Bank and Discovery Coeur d’Alene made an agreement to purchase the Sunup Bay property this May including $150,000 earnest money. The agreement was to close on Sept. 30, but Discovery Coeur d’Alene did not close on that date. Mountain West Bank is now demanding the Discovery release the $150,000 as damages for the breach of contract and the bank is requesting a court judgment of $150,000 against the Discovery.
Ironically, Camp Easton Forever filed a complaint in district court the end of September to stop the swap. Apparently, the camp’s deed states that the property was donated and given to the Idaho Panhandle Council, Boy Scouts of America for the use of the Boy Scouts and Camp Easton Forever contends it can’t be used for anything else.
“Camp Easton is located on beautirul Lake Coeur d’Alene in the northern panhandle of Idaho. It is a priemer aquatics camp and is home to the Northern Idaho High Adventure base,” according to http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMFYA_Camp_Easton. “Nestled in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains that the Lewis and Clark Expedition declared as terrible, beautiful mountains, Camp Easton is located on the east side of picturesque Lake Coeur d’Alene , considered one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world. Surrounded by National Forest, Camp Easton has 383 acres of forested camp and ¾ miles of beautiful Coeur d’Alene lakefront for your camping enjoyment. “
“It’s very clear to everyone involved then and since then until recently that they accepted that property as a gift to be used for that particular purpose, not for anything else, ” Attorney Jeff Crandall said in the article http://www.kxly.com/news/29391704/detail.html.
The article also quotes Scout Executive Tim McCandless said “the deed doesn’t restrict them in the way opponents claim. However, no decisions have been made. “
That’s what they always say in these situations. Hopefully with this real estate deal apparently dead, the movement to swap Camp Easton is also dead.
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