TYRONE TOWNSHIP, Pa.-- Tucked in the rolling hills of Tyrone Township in Northern Blair County is Boy Scout Camp Anderson.
"I've been invested in this camp for my entire life -- for over 14 years. From Tiger Cub to now being a grown adult -- and I have so many memories of my childhood here and my adulthood camp," said Nathan Pearlman, a Camp Anderson volunteer.
Camp Anderson serves close to 2,500 Scouts a year, but now the camp may be forced to close.
"It's sad to think about knowing I've spent so much time out here," said Shawn Givler, a scoutmaster for Troop 103.
A report by the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council is recommending that Camp Anderson close. The report said the nonprofit is concerned over a $7,000 loss over the last five years, and there is a road and a portion of a fishing stream that can't be blocked off. The nonprofit is worried it could give unwanted visitors access to the camp.
But local volunteers aren't going down without a fight.
"I learned to chop wood here, I tied my first knot here, I did my first leather work here, just so many memories I have here," Pearlman said. "So that is why I am starting a petition and running this campaign."
Pearlman is asking others who feel passionate about keeping Camp Anderson open to sign his petition on Change.org. So far, he has 1,500 signatures.
"It really is a local and family affair here, with many generations coming to this camp and generations hoping their future can be invested into this camp as well," Pearlman said.
"That's what it is all about -- making sure the camp is here for the kids now and the kids for the future," said Givler.
Petition: 1627 supporters so far, need 2500
Edited by RememberSchiff, 18 February 2016 - 05:56 PM.