North Idaho Scouts Lose Donations Over Proposed Land Swap


A controversial land swap is resulting in a dramatic donor backlash to North Idaho Boy Scout programs.

Earlier this month, the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts voted to begin negotiations with the Discovery Land Company that could see the swap of Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d'Alene's Gotham Bay 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.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that some of the scout district's biggest contributors have indicated that they're cutting off their donations and, in fact, will be sending their money to "interests committed to halting the land swap."

Old Mission District vice chair Carl Eaton told the Press that some contributors who had given $10,000 or more to scouting have told him that they'll be sending their funds elsewhere. The Old Mission District oversees scouting programs in Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah counties.