Controversial Idaho Boy Scout Land Swap Dead


A controversial land swap involving an historic Boy Scout camp in Idaho's Panhandle won't be happening.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that after lengthy debates and a protracted court battle, the Boy Scouts of America Inland Northwest Council has ended discussions over a proposed swap of Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d'Alene with a luxury developer.

In Feburary, Citydesk first told you that some of the scout district's biggest contributors threatened to cut off donations when they heard about the planned swap.

Last winter, the Boy Scouts began negotiations with the Discovery Land Company that would have seen the swap of Camp Easton for property on Sunup Bay. But 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.

Opponents took their fight to Idaho's 1st District Court in May, but the scout district announced Wednesday that the deal was dead, not elaborating on why the discussions were terminated.