Judge Dismisses Boy Scout Land Swap Challenge


A north Idaho judge has tossed a lawsuit challenging a controversial land swap involving an historic Boy Scout campsite.

1st District Judge John Luster rejected arguments from opponents, who challenged the swap of Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d'Alene's Gotham Bay for property on Sunup Bay. An Arizona developer indicated that it intended to turn the scout camp into high-end lakefront properties.

Longtime scouting families and neighbors of the Easton camp filed suit to stop the trade, saying the land was donated for the sole purpose of scouting. But Luster dismissed the challenge, allowing the Boy Scouts to further pursue the deal.