OA Landmark Closing?

Cradle of Liberty Council’s Executive Board ratified the recommendations of its Council’s Camping Committee and Executive Committee to close Treasure Island for 2009.

While there is some doubt about whether or not Treasure Island can hold the title of the “oldest continually operated Boy Scout Camp in the country”, there is no doubt that the property holds a real historical value in Scouting. Treasure Island was the birth place of the Order Arrow in 1915, founded by Camp Director E. Urner Goodman and his assistant Carrol A. Edson.

According to the Council’s website,

The Executive Board did not come to this decision lightly. The Council has been working diligently to keep the camp open since the two consecutive floods of 2005 and 2006. The cost of the camp, sharp decline in attendance since the floods, and the increasing environmental restrictions forced the board to reluctantly ratify the recommendation 35 to 1.

The Cradle of Liberty Camping committee has organized an ongoing committee to look at the long term future of Treasure Island. The committee is soliciting thoughts and opinions from Scouters, and will report back to the Executive Board in the Spring of 2009.

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