Clinton Valley Council Merger Results in Several Boy Scout Camps Closing
According to a Boy Scout Clinton Valley Council website, three camps that were predominant in the Pontiac area are to cease operation starting in 2013. Camp Agawam near Pontiac Michigan, Lost Lake Scout Reservation near Clair Michigan and Paul Bunyan Scout Camp. The announcement falls on the heels of consolidation of Detroit Area and Clinton Valley Councils starting in 2012. Camp Agawam was one of the oldest continuously running Boy Scout Scout camps in the United States in operation since 1918.
Ed Note: The Township of Orion has purchased the camp and created a park. While there have been many improvements visages of the old camp buildings can still be seen. Today the camp is used for events and large group programs.
Chief Pontiac Trail System Impacted
The closure of Camp Agawam signals a huge loss for the Chief Pontiac Trail system which has a significant investment in the camp. The Chief Pontiac Trail fort is an interpretive center that offers historical educational opportunity year-round. The extensive Southeast Michigan trail system has been in operation since 1958. It’s unclear if the trail system will remain headquartered in one of the oldest Scout camps in the United States.
About the Michigan Crossroads Council
The Clinton Valley Council has merged into a new council system that is made up of the entire lower peninsula of Michigan. It serves over 61,000 youth and has nine high adventure and local camps for the establishment of scouting skills. Over 19,000 Scouts attended summer camp in 2018. The council reports having over 21,000 adult volunteers in 2018. Over 2,700 girls have joined the Scouting program in 2018 as Cub Scouts.
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