Michigan Boy Scouts sells campsite near Port Huron for $1.8M

Associated Press

Port Huron – The Michigan Crossroads Council of Boy Scouts sold a campground near Port Huron to a gravel mining company for $1.8 million, officials said.

Christopher Hopkins, the council’s chief information officer, said the sale of the nearly 270-acre Silver Trails Scout Reservation in Jeddo to Mid Michigan Materials was finalized Monday.

“We are grateful for the partnership we have maintained with Mid Michigan Materials for more than two decades. Their commitment to our community has been unwavering,” Hopkins said in a joint news release from the organizations. “The Michigan Crossroads Council of Boy Scouts will continue to build future leaders of this country through educational activities and lifelong values across Michigan.”

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Robert W. Wilson, Mid Michigan’s vice president, noted the company will evaluate its next steps, including discussions with local townships and conservancies, the Times Herald in Port Huron reported.

“As a proud member of this community for 57 years and a local job provider, Mid Michigan Materials is committed to ensuring that all decisions made on this property will be in the best interest of our region,” Wilson said.

The gravel company has mined part of the 74-year-old camp for years and wanted to expand its operations by purchasing the rest of the nearly 270-acre property.

The council, which oversees scouting in lower Michigan, has been selling off campgrounds to cut expenses and raise money to fix financial woes. The proposal to sell Silver Trails had angered local residents and other enthusiasts of the property. An online petition sought to save the property as natural area.

The Boys Scouts of America website shows the campground was dedicated Nov. 1, 1945.

“Silver Trails might be best known for its steep cliffs, scenic bluffs, and rolling landscape,” the website said.