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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Camp Wildwood Decision: Justices Put Girl Scout Camp Back To Local Control"

The Supreme Court's decision May 14th in the case of Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois v. Vincennes Indiana Girls, Inc. (ILB summary here), was the subject of a WTHI TV 10 story (with video showing the camp protected by barbed wire and padlocks) last evening by Mike Grant. It begins:

VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana community is celebrating a legal victory that will allow a long time girl scout camp to re-open.

Vincennes Girl Scouts operated Camp Wildwood for decades until a re-organization put it in the hands of an Illinois based Girl Scout Council that then attempted to sell it.

Local groups fought the deal and the legal fight ended in the Indiana Supreme Court.

Now, the camp is now back in local control.

For the last 3 years Camp Wildwood has been locked away from kids in this community, tied up in an adult legal fight between Vincennes Girls Inc. and the Southern Illinois Girl Scout Council.

Now, that fight is over.

"Extremely happy," said Secretary for Vincennes Girls, Inc. Jim Gislason, "it's been a long, long road, but we finally got the supreme court to rule in our favor. The camp is now part of the city of Vincennes."

Local officials had not been able to get into the 12 acre camp until now.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 16, 2013 11:45 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions