Caddo Area Boy Scouts Board Sells Camp Pioneer

On December 12, 2017, the Caddo Area Council Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation to suspend resident camp operations at Camp Pioneer after a Camping Taskforce and a Financial Operations Taskforce thoroughly studied the council’s two camping properties. The council also engaged a Boy Scouts of America engineer specializing in camping properties who conducted an in-depth study of the council’s two camp properties. The engineer’s report concluded the council could not afford to operate two camps after a seven-year cumulative loss in camping operations at Camp Pioneer. The engineer’s recommendations included, “Permanently close Camp Pioneer and invest all future resources in Camp Preston Hunt, with a vision of creating an outdoor experience of excellence.”

Following three years of continuous study and discussion, with consistent low usage at Camp Pioneer and high usage at Camp Preston Hunt, the council received an offer to purchase Camp Pioneer.

After review by legal counsel and Vice-President of Properties, on June 18, 2020 the Executive Committee voted unanimously to send the offer to the full board for consideration.

On June 28, 2020 the council Executive Board met in special session to review the original offer for the purchase of Camp Pioneer along with a second offer tendered immediately prior to the meeting. The governing board found the second offer deficient and provided an opportunity for its presenter to cure those deficiencies by 5:00 p.m. on June 29, 2020.
After its presenter did not do so, the original offer was accepted.

Thank You for the support and input we received from our Scouting community during these years of study. We appreciate the strong leadership provided by our Executive Board in making difficult decisions in the best interest of the long-term viability of the Caddo Area Council. We are committed to delivering FUN and memorable Scouting experiences
at Camp Preston Hunt.

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