Board Approves Decision To Close Camp Sunnen
September 14, 2017
The Greater St. Louis Area Council board of directors approved a decision on Thursday, Sept. 14 to close Camp Sunnen. The council’s volunteer long-range properties planning committee prepared the unanimous recommendation for the council board. The board carefully reviewed the recommendation and voted to take action.
The decision is part of the continuing evaluation of camp properties by the council’s volunteer long-range properties planning committee. The 10-person committee, with equal representation from both legacy councils, have been working to come up with short- and long-term strategies for all council camp properties. The Lewis & Clark and Greater St. Louis Area Councils merged on January 1, 2017.
The decision to close Camp Sunnen was based on a number of criteria including camp conditions that no longer meet an appropriate level of health and safety standards; below average utilization; the availability of other camping facilities for the members we serve; camp conditions that no longer meet the expectations of today’s Scouts and their parents.
“This decision was arrived at by the volunteer long-range properties planning committee after a great deal of research and thoughtful discussion focused on today’s and tomorrow’s members,” said Ronald Green, Scout Executive/CEO of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. “We take our responsibility to offer safe, quality programs and facilities to our Scouts very seriously. We will continue to be good stewards of our resources.”
Camp Sunnen, a 340-acre camp located in Potosi, MO, had previously suspended Scouting activities on June 26. Property inspections determined that Camp Sunnen was not in condition to provide the type of safe, quality programming- including top notch facilities- our Scouts and their parents expect.
Despite the closure, Scouting groups continue to have several options for outdoor program and camping in the area. The council’s S bar F Scout Ranch and Camp Lewallen are located in nearby Knob Lick and Silva, MO, respectively. Additionally, St. Francois State Park, St. Joe State Park, and Mark Twain National Forest are in close proximity and offer camping opportunities.
Resources previously allocated for Camp Sunnen will be reinvested in the council’s remaining properties to further improve programs and services.
The Greater St. Louis Area Council continues to operate seven properties- Beaumont Scout Reservation, Camp Joy, Camp Lewallen, Camp Vandeventer, Camp Warren Levis, Pine Ridge Scout Camp, and S bar F Scout Ranch.