Park budget constraints endanger Cub Scout camp



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At their counselors’ signal, a group of area Cub Scout campers lined their arrows up and let them fly toward the straw targets in front of them.

Elsewhere, kids paddled canoes on Lake Cottonwood in Johnson County Park and did cannonballs off the raft in the middle of the lake. Other Scouts figured out how to find their way through the woods with a compass and start a campfire without matches.

The annual Pathfinder Day Camp has become a tradition for more than 150 southside Cub Scouts since it was founded 11 years ago. The camp has existed thanks to a mutual relationship between Cub Scouts and the Johnson County Park.

Park officials provide space for the camp to be run during the summer at a rate the Scouts could afford. In return, local packs and troops put in thousands of hours of community service clearing trails, rebuilding signs and constructing permanent buildings on the park grounds.

But budget constraints are threatening that mutual agreement. The park no longer can afford to provide such low rental rates, and the Cub Scouts organizers don’t know if they can afford to keep the camp going.

 

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