shuts Scout camp for year
The Star-Ledger Newark, NJ
Byline: David VanHorn
Feb 13, 1997 pg. 38
A Boy Scout camp in Blairstown, where hundreds of kids spend summer days enjoying the beauty of the Kittatinny Ridge, will be closed this year because of problems with the water system, a Scouting official said yesterday.s
The holding tank at the Yards Creek Scout Reservation filled with black sediment about two weeks ago, reported Ronald Green, Scout executive for the George Washington Council, which owns the 510-acre camp.
District Scouting officials are working with an engineer from the national Boy Scouts of America, but do not know what has to be repaired or replaced and at what cost, Green said. Scout officials also believe there are leaks in the underground line that runs between the well and the tank. The council announced its decision to close the camp in a Feb. 6 letter to Scout leaders because many officials are making plans now for summer outings, Green said. The 25-year-old camp has never been closed before, but the council decided not to risk doing any quick-fix work to the old system, he said.
"Right now we don't know what we face," the administrator said. "It's the right thing to do at this time, to take a thorough look at it."
Green said the problem is unrelated to July's viral outbreak at the camp, during which more than 50 campers and staff members became ill.
The water is tested regularly and is not polluted, Green said. Besides the holding tank, the single-pipe system includes a well, chlorinator and pump.
Green said about 600 Scouts use the camp annually and 29 groups had already registered to be there this summer. The council will arrange for the campers to use other Scout camps in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, he said.
August 18, 2005