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BSA Winnebago Council decides fate of two North Iowa camps


The Winnebago Council of the Boy Scouts of America has voted to close one of its camps, but keep a portion of another camp near Waverly open.

For the past 40 years, the council has run both Camp Ingawanis in Bremer County and Winnebago Scout Reservation near Marble Rock. Neither camp has ever been self-sustaining, and the council was in jeopardy of losing its accreditation if the board didn't vote to close one or both camps.

Several families in Waverly showed up to Thursday night's meeting to voice their support in favor of maintaining Camp Ingawanis. Ultimately, the vote was 52% in favor of keeping the north end of Camp Ingawanis, but selling WSR and the south end of Camp Ingawanis.

"After you sell both camps you can't ever buy them back. And so, having an option to keep that camp allows them to make those choices," Jan Kahler, council treasurer, said.

"I think this decision will be workable if everybody gets behind it and makes it work. If they don't get behind it, it may not work. So it's up the people now and the council to make it a success," Ed Narigon, the leader of the Camping Program's New Vision Commission, said.

Members of the board of directors said they made this tough decision in order to provide a better future for boys in North Iowa.

All of the outdoor programs scheduled for this summer will go on as planned.

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