Operations at Boy Scout camp to be suspended as committee weighs financial options

Chief Logan Reservation

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Simon Kenton Council Board on Thursday approved two resolutions regarding the futures of two camp sites.

Every five years, the council conducts a detailed review of their properties and this year found that maintaining them financially was not sustainable long-term.

Based on their results, the committee recommended two options: The first would be selling or leasing a small portion of Camp Lazarus that is not currently being used by SKC. The second option recommended was closing and selling Chief Logan Reservation after the 2020 summer camp season.

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On Thursday night, the board passed an amended resolution to suspend all Simon Kenton Council operations at Chief Logan Reservation on or before Sept. 1, 2020, according to a press release from the organization.

A committee will then be appointed to look into revenue generating options that include but aren’t limited to the sale, lease, license or other transactions related to Chief Logan Reservation. That group will deliver a plan at a January meeting.

The second resolution passed will explore the sale or lease of land on the southeast corner of Camp Lazarus.

Simon Kenton Council maintains four primary camps including, Camp Lazarus in Delaware, Camp Falling Rock in Newark, Chief Logan Reservation in Ray and Camp Oyo in Portsmouth.

“After engaging with and listening to members of our council, the passion for our camps is evident," said Council Board President Chris Miller in a statement. "Tonight we identified a path forward to ensure that additional options can be explored regarding the future of Chief Logan Reservation.”

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