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Scouts to meet with state council in hope of saving Rota-Kiwan Reservation


The Michigan Crossroads Council announced earlier this month that summer and weekend camps held at Rota-Kiwan Scout Preservation would move to Camp Teettonkah starting in 2020. (WWMT/File)
The Michigan Crossroads Council announced earlier this month that summer and weekend camps held at Rota-Kiwan Scout Preservation would move to Camp Teettonkah starting in 2020. (WWMT/File)
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The scouting community in Kalamazoo County was scheduled the chance to speak directly to the state board that chose to move future camps out of the county to a different camp site in Jackson.

The Michigan Crossroads Council announced earlier this month that summer and weekend camps held at Rota-Kiwan Scout Preservation would move to Camp Teettonkah starting in 2020. They announced the same decision for Camp Munhacke in Gregory.

Kalamazoo County scouting leaders, parents and donors were told they could speak to the council at a fireside chat meeting, scheduled for Oct. 30.

After the decision was announced, Michigan Crossroads Council Deputy Scout Executive, Gary Gilger, said finances and attendance did not play a role.

"It really is about adding, providing the best facility to provide the best program to our scouts," Gilger said. "That was the underlying reason for this move."

Ahead of the scheduled fireside chat, local scouting leaders met in Portage to brainstorm and come up with plans they hoped could save Rota-Kiwan.

"Get our ideas out. Get our thoughts out, so that we can walk in and have a game plan to present of how we think we can put this camp back," said Todd Stevens, the scout master of Troop 287.

Rota-Kiwan's future

The Michigan Crossroads Council said the camps would cease operations beginning Jan. 1, 2020. They've already posted a notice on their website.

Gilger said day camps would still be held in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, but the locations would be decided upon at a later date based on population.

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