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Judge won't revisit Easton ruling

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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

A proposed land swap involving Camp Easton, a historic Boy Scout camp, can proceed, according to a judge's decision handed down Thursday.

Judge John Luster reaffirmed his earlier ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts seeking to block the deal.

Inland Northwest Council leaders were pleased with Luster's conclusion.

"This allows the council to evaluate and pursue all options that will enhance and secure our long-term ability to provide a great Scouting experience for youth in the Inland Northwest now and in the future," INC officials stated in a press release.

Camp Easton Forever, Inc., in conjunction with the other plaintiffs from the case, filed an appeal in June of Luster's dismissal of the group's suit to prevent the camp's sale or trade.

Camp Easton Forever had filed a lawsuit against the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts last year to block the proposed land swap of Camp Easton at Gotham Bay, and Luster's original ruling was issued in May. The INC is in negotiations with Discovery Land Company over exchanging the camp property for a new camp at Sunup Bay and an endowment for maintenance of scout camps.

Thursday's press release said the INC is discussing with Discovery Land Company terms for a new Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

"If we reach an agreement, then the final proposal will go to our executive board and foundation board for approval or rejection. If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached or if our boards do not approve an agreement, Camp Easton will remain at its current location," the release said.

Council leaders say the proposed camp would offer advantages including year-round facilities, new program facilities, and improved safety and security and seclusion without a highway dividing the camp.

"Our goal is to serve more youth in the Inland Northwest with the best Scouting program possible," said Tim McCandless, Scout Executive & CEO of the Inland Northwest Council.

The potential agreement would also provide a $2.5 million endowment to INC.

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  • spudman1 posted at 7:33 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2012.

    spudman1 Posts: 496

    Yep, that's really going to solve the problem sitting around on your hands questioning a Companys ehtics that is behind taking the camp. Great idea for sure, apathy has alway's worked?

  • local res posted at 11:04 pm on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1165

    The only option at this point is to begin to question the backers of the Discovery company. Are they really a low life to kick the scouts out of their camp? Begin calling large corporations in the area stating you and others will no longer support any business that is a part of stealing the camp from the kids. Lastly, encourage your local troops to begin leaving the area for summer camp. Support those troops.

  • spudman1 posted at 2:05 pm on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    spudman1 Posts: 496

    Ok, how do we save camp easton? By donating to "Saving Camp Easton Forever, Inc" This group has several very prominent local attornys working to keep the Camp from being sold and it will be sold unless we band together and support this group.

    Send your donations to Saving Camp Easton Forever,Inc. P.0. Box 3255 CDA, ID 83816

  • pubcrawler posted at 11:44 am on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    pubcrawler Posts: 85

    What INC sees in this is cash for Camp Cowles. You're giving away a North Idaho jewel for a lump of coal. Will INC agree to spend its blood money only on the new North Idaho camp? We all know that answer.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:18 am on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    How do we fight it then Joe, seagal, localres, beenthere, ziggy and spudman?

    There seem to be a lot of people up in arms about this. Aren't "WE THE PEOPLE"?

  • JoeIdaho posted at 6:12 am on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Personally, I'll fight anything discovery does. They are THE typical rich people enclave, they care LESS about the people that live here, if anything, they are against us. WITNESS how the gas at their gas station is MORE expensive than the gas at their docks, (THINK about that for a minute) and then "Eddies" (their restaurant) is closed to the public a lot now.

    So; they get to change zoning on the lake to commercial, make "trades" for HUGE swaths of waterfront land with non-profits, and then face NO opposition from government when they try to do any of it?

    Discovery land co, for the rich, AGAINST the rest of us.

  • seagal posted at 7:51 pm on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    seagal Posts: 28

    This is very sad................. I live near Camp Easton and always enjoy seeing the kids at the lake every summer. A new location won't be the same. Everyone knows that the property was given to the Boy Scouts forever.... not to be traded, sold or used to fill someone's pockets.

    The boys best interest are not being met and the Discovery people are disgusting. They don't care about anything but how much money they can make. Greedy *@###%^&**@@#.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 7:25 pm on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    My Wife & I decided to NOT support the Scouts any more.

    The leaders of the Scouts are corrupt, minimally in their decision making, and I don't want people like that teaching my kids ANYTHING.

    Dear Scouts:
    Say goodbye to the over $5,000 a year we USED to donate.
    Hopefully others follow suit.

  • local res posted at 1:10 am on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1165

    The boys were sold down the river the moment the Idaho council was forced into the Spokane council.
    The Boys have to be 11 years of age.

    It would be nice to hear that all of Northern Idaho's troop boycott the"new camp". Let the business of Spokane support this camp. Our local business donated to Camp Easton for what? To watch all the years of work torn down for a developer to plant houses.

    If I hear of troops heading out of state those I will support. Oregon has many great camps.

  • Ziggy posted at 7:59 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1295

    Who is this Inland Council? Are they elected? Are they appointed? Are the local CdA Scouts protesting LOUDLY to the national organization that these guys are selling them down the river? Please say yes.

  • been there posted at 7:48 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    been there Posts: 27

    You can bet that Discovery will set the deal up under one of their many "LLC's", with no assets to back it up. Even if they could perform, they would probably weasel out of much, if not all, of the obligation "because we can", and if you don't like it "so sue us". That is their business model, make promises they do not intend to keep, chew up the resources, and spit the mess out into someone elses backyard, while they rake in the dough.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:14 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Of COURSE the judge wont revisit. We are talking Developers versus 10 year old boys.

    Who has the money? ---- Definitely not 10 year old boys.

    Who is of voting age? ---- Definitely not 10 year old boys

    Who has enough money to fight? --- Definitely not 10 year old boys

    Who RELIES on adults to do the right thing?


  • spudman1 posted at 9:33 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    spudman1 Posts: 496

    At this date there is no "proof of funds" or any solid evidence Discovery Land Company could perform on any kind of a deal with the Scouts or that the County would approve of a major development in Windy Bay.

  • been there posted at 9:28 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    been there Posts: 27

    This is disgraceful. No covenants regarding property and property rights are protected in Kootenai County.

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