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Posted 25 August 2016 - 07:47 AM
Michigan Crossroads Council (MCC) and Camp Teetonkah - Keep the endowment, close the camp.
MCC will decide by the end of the year 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. Council will either 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."
I hope Friends of Camp Teetonkah gets their camp.
Posted 26 August 2016 - 09:50 PM
Friends of Teetonkah may get the camp, but what are the odds that they'll be able to raise another million to actually keep it open? That might depend on the price of oil since there is an operating oil well on the property. In 2012 they were expecting $10,000 a month of course the price of oil was $100/barrel. It's worth noting that in Michigan (and other places) it is routine to sell, or give away, surface ownership, while retaining mineral, oil, and gas rights.
Edited by T2Eagle, 26 August 2016 - 10:02 PM.
Posted 27 August 2016 - 05:22 AM
Good point. I don't know if the well(s) are still active. Another revenue source, a timber harvest, was done just before the oil well drilling. Some camps here are installing solar farms. Camp-shares like farm-shares may be another possibility.
As I understand, there has been new facilities added in the last ten years - showers, dining hall, shooting ranges. Jackson County is strongly interested in acquiring the camp as a county park.
So Council might keep the previously raised camp endowment money and the oil rights.
Edited by RememberSchiff, 27 August 2016 - 05:45 AM.
Posted 29 August 2016 - 05:45 AM
At this time council plans on keeping the endowment money and the oil rights regardless of who gets the camp.
Friends of Camp Teetonkah is working hard to get the camp and save it as a youth camp. They have the support of the community and several local non-profits. If you would like to learn more about Friends of Camp
Teetonkah go to www.friendsofcampteetonkah.org.
Posted 30 August 2016 - 02:48 PM
Does this council have other camps? Maybe I'm cynical, but if so I wouldn't be surprised if the camp goes to the County. If the Council leaves it open to Scouting groups, it might take away business from other Scout camps. I hope I'm wrong, but I've heard a few Councils say they would try to pass their camp properties on to another Scouting group, only to see the exact opposite happen again and again. It's a disturbing thing to see Councils focus more on the money than on the kids - and this goes for both Boy and Girl Scout Councils.
Yours in Scouting,
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner 2015-Present
Lion Guide 2016-Present
Father of a Boy Scout 2016-Present
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