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BAILEY — The popular and long-serving Camp Charles isn’t part of recent bankruptcy protection proceedings filed by the Boy Scouts of America.
The campground, valued at $243,000, is owned by the Scouts’ East Carolina Council. Boy Scouts and the council are separate legal entities, said Doug Brown Jr., CEO of the East Carolina Council.
“The Chapter 11 is a national issue,” Brown said. “All our camps are safe.”
The bankruptcy is the first step the 110-year-old organization is taking toward establishing a compensation fund for 1,000 to 5,000 scouts who may seek settlements after claiming to have been molested by Scout leaders, according to the Associated Press.
Brown said the East Carolina Council is moving forward with meetings, derby racing and summer camps. The local council, which was established in 1915, is responsible for its own funding through fundraising, donors and gifts from special events. Headquartered in Kinston, the East Carolina Council serves boys and girls in 20 counties including Nash and Wilson.
Camp Charles opened in 1928 and served as the primary summer camp for the East Carolina Council until 1968. Since then, it’s been used primarily for weekend camping and small district events. Camp Charles serves as the host to Wilson area, Tar River and Tri-County district events and the Council Cub Family Campout, according to information provided by the East Carolina Council.
The camp has several campsites each with running water, shelter and electricity. The camp offers a large lake, rowboat rentals, rental cabins and a hiking trail.
Camp Charles was in the news last April when around 100 scouts from Greenville had to be rescued via canoe after a storm washed out the main road into the 93-acre campground.
All of the Scouts’ 261 local councils should be unaffected by the bankruptcy, according to statements by Roger Mosby, BSA president and chief executive officer.
“The BSA cares deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologizes to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting.
“We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to harm innocent children,” Mosby said in a press release. “While we know nothing can undo the tragic abuse that victims suffered, we believe the Chapter 11 process — with the proposed trust structure — will provide equitable compensation to all victims while maintaining the Boy Scouts of America’s important mission.”