North Idaho

Historic Camp On Lake Coeur d'Alene Could Be Moving

COEUR D'ALENE - A Boy Scout camp on Lake Coeur d'Alene could soon be in the hands of developers.

Since 1929, the 380 acre Camp Easton has hosted scouts all over the country.

Now a proposal is being reviewed to swap the camp site with another location on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Camp Easton may look empty now, but this summer over 17,000 kids filtered through for a good time by Lake Coeur d'Alene.

But where the scouts enjoy themselves could change.

"An incredible opportunity has been presented to us to build a brand new camp to more to do more thing than we do now," Scout Executive Tim McCandless said.

Discovery Land Company wants to help the boy scouts build an improved camp site on the west side of the lake, one that's safer with more amenities.

The company is known for its Gozzer Ranch, located next to the current camp site along Highway 97.

It's a move that would mean building new history, as well as carrying over the old.

That's part of the reason some people aren't happy.

"I and my son have both gone there as well as several people in their 70's. They went there, their father went there Camp Easton needs to stay here." Assistant Scout Master Blaine Horrocks said.

People voiced concerns last night at a public meeting, including worries about an endowment fund for camps.

Those who oppose it are afraid the money will filter away from Coeur d'Alene.

If the proposal is accepted, the current Camp Easton could become a part of Gozzer Ranch.

The company says their interest is to help the boy scouts so the kids have a better, safer camp to enjoy.

As for the boy scouts, they say they are in a win-win situation.