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Possible Land Grab By BLM Threatens Boy Scouts' Camp Perkins

Land owners are not the only ones who may be affected by the Bureau of Land Management's review of almost 90,000 acres of land along the Red River in a possible land grab.
Land owners are not the only ones who may be affected by the Bureau of Land Management's review of almost 90,000 acres of land along the Red River in a possible land grab.

Members of the Northwest Texas Council Boy Scouts, who own Camp Perkins that sits on the Red River, say they are worried their land may be taken away from them if the BLM finds their land to be public domain.

Wayne Mansur, council president of the Boy Scouts Northwest Texas Council, says the land is used by children and adults who want to learn about scouting and what nature has to offer. 

Mansur says, "This land is a beautiful place to come and to teach youth. An outdoor classroom to teach youth the values that we have."

This weekend, almost 60 adult leaders are using the camp to train.

Camp Perkins sits on over 400 acres along the Red River, but Mansur says nearly 170 acres are at stake if the BLM finds the land to be public.

"It just scares us to think that they might have the power to take this property away from us," Mansur says. "I don't know where we would go to teach our youth the things that we can do in this outdoor classroom if it were to go away."

Tim hunter, executive board member of the Northwest Texas Council, has taken advantage of what Camp Perkins has to offer for decades.

"My scouting career since 1962 has been right here," Hunter says. 

He the land and its memories are irreplaceable. 

"If we lost this camp and we didn't have access to it, the dollars that it would take to find another location to build the things that we have now; I won't say it would be an impossible feat but it would be one that would be very, very difficult to overcome for us," Hunter says. 

A challenging task the Northwest Texas Council hopes to avoid as long as the BLM doesn't bring the ax down on the campgrounds.

Mansur says the Boy Scouts wouldn't be the only ones affect by the land grab.

He says other local organizations like Camp Fire and Casa also use the camp for their activities.
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