Conservancy aims to buy former Boy Scout camp in Mich.

Associated Press

Traverse City — A conservation group in Michigan is raising money to purchase and maintain campground that belonged to the Boy Scouts.

The Record-Eagle reports the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy started a $3.9 million fundraising campaign this week to buy the proposed Upper Manistee Headwaters Preserve, formerly known as Camp Tapico.

Michigan Crossroads Council Board President Raymond Davis says the property went on sale in 2016 after the state’s Boy Scout operation consolidated and cut its 17 camp holdings by half.

Conservancy Director Glen Chown says the Boy Scouts ran Camp Tapico from 1946 through 2012.

Chown says the preserve will be closed for the next three years. It’ll only be shown by appointment and through conservancy-guided public hikes until funding is complete.