Parents fighting closures of scout camps in Washington

Parents are organizing to fight the closure of scout camps in Washington under a “one camp” plan announced late last year to close four camps and focus energy and resources toward one remaining camp.

The closures are affecting Camp Kilworth in Federal Way, Camp Curran in Tacoma, Camp Delezenne in Elma and Camp Hahobas in Tahuya.

Citing financial difficulties caused by a nearly 40 percent decline in membership, the Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America voted in December to close the camps.

An online petition to keep Camp Kilworth open has garnered close to 500 supporters and another and others are working to create a nonprofit group that could maintain the camp. A similar effort is being organized for parents who want to organize a nonprofit to take over maintenance and operation of Camp Curran.

Kilworth has operated as a Boy Scout camp since 1934, Curran for about 70 years.

via The News Tribune


Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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