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Cubmasters camp closure could hurt Scouts

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BOZRAH, CT (WFSB) -

Summer day camps for Cub Scouts are starting to become a thing of the past. This week the Connecticut River's Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced the closing of a summer camp in Bozrah.

The Scout Motto is "be prepared". Officials with the Connecticut Rivers Council told Eyewitness News they're trying to be prepared.

The fact is the camp in Bozrah is bleeding money statewide and the other camps around the state have been supporting it for years.

Scout leaders said they had to make a painful decision this week to close the summer Cub Scout camp operations because it would cost too much to upgrade the buildings.

The 340-acre facility on the Greer Scouting Reservation only had 377 Cub Scouts this past summer.

However, spokesman Bob Porell said they hope that by dropping some programming they can add others.

"We're looking at putting in three-day camps," Porell said. "We're looking at improving and enlarging camping programs for Scouts in two of our other Council Camps."

The camp, which surrounds Lake Tadma, has been a summertime destination for many young Scouts. On Thursday night, as Scout leaders consider selling off some unused portion of the reservation, many in the region say the decision is a loss for future generations.

"I think unfortunately a lot of these programs are on a downward trend. A lot of parents are nervous and I can understand that as well," said Devon McKenna, of Norwich.

"I think it means a lot," said Lorraine Domijan, of Norwich. "These young men need a place to go ... it helps to focus them ... give them an aim in life. You can't go wrong with the Scouts.

Scout leaders told Eyewitness News they're in the process of finding other day camp locations for the young Scouts, who relied on Camp Tadma. In the meantime all other programs at this facility are unaffected.

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