Thursday, July 19, 2012

Idaho Judge To Reopen Case Involving Panhandle Scout Camp

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Most court watchers thought that when Idaho 1st District Judge John Luster rejected a lawsuit challenging a controversial land swap involving an historic Boy Scout campsite in May, that the battle was over.

But this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Luster, after listening to new arguments on Wednesday, has agreed to take another look at his initial ruling that it was legal for the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts to trade or sell Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Longtime scouting families and neighbors of the Easton camp filed suit to stop the deal, saying the land was donated for the sole purpose of scouting. But Luster dismissed the challenge, allowing the Boy Scouts to pursue a land swap with an Arizona developer with plans to turn the scout camp into high-end lakefront properties.

Camp Easton Forever, a north Idaho nonprofit challenging the land swap, argued that the camp was part of a charitable trust, requiring it to be run as a camp forever.

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