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Boy Scout's won't sell beloved Camp Geronimo

Camp Geronimo in Payson
Grand Canyon Council Boy Scouts of America
Camp Geronimo in Payson

Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America won’t sell the beloved Camp Geronimo.

The group initially planned to sell the Payson camp to help pay its required contribution to the Boy Scouts of America’s $850 million sexual abuse settlement.

But Grand Canyon Council CEO Andy Price said they opted not to sell the 100-year-old camp following an outcry from parents and former Scouts. Instead, the organization will now have to find other ways to help pay its $7 million portion of the settlement.

The council created the Geronimo Endowment Fund to help cover the maintenance costs of the camp, which Price says typically top about $250,000 annually each year.

Geronimo’s summer camp program serves nearly 3,000 scouts from across the Southwest each year on the Mogollon Rim.