Monday, April 16, 2012

Court Hearing Slated on Controversial Boy Scout Land Swap

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

A controversial land swap involving an historic campsite and the Boy Scouts will be considered in an Idaho courtroom this week.

In February, Citydesk first told you about a dramatic donor backlash following the swap of Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d'Alene's Gotham Bay for property on Sunup Bay. An Arizona developer indicated that it intended to turn the scout camp into high-end lakefront properties.

Longtime scouting families and neighbors of the Easton camp filed suit to stop the trade, saying the land was donated for the sole purpose of scouting. The north Idaho Boy Scout council even lost some of its biggest contributors over the controversy. In fact, one of the contributors, Old Mission District, said they decided to send more than $10,000 previously earmarked for the scouts to interests committed to halting the land swap.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that 1st District Judge John Luster will hold a hearing Tuesday on a requested injunction to prevent the property from being used for anything besides a camp for boys.

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