BSA Clinton Valley Council Merger Closed Three Historical Camps

Clinton Valley Council Camp Close

Ed Note:  This post was first published in 2012. Since that time it has been visited 1000’s of times.  We have decided to leave the post available for those looking for what happened to the properties of the formal Clinton Valley Council. 


Merger of BSA Councils Results in 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 a 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 around.  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. 


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