Camp Newman, a Boy Scout destination for decades, is being sold.
As of Friday, Oct. 25, the 160-acre property had a pending offer, although it hadn’t closed. According to Zillow, the listing price for the land at 5301 E. Tri Lakes Road in the town of Superior was $299,000. The property completely surrounds 12-acre Newman Lake and includes a four-bedroom log home built in 1980.
Executive and CEO Michael Jenkins with the Voyageurs Area Council confirmed the pending sale. He said the executive board made the decision to sell the property years ago. It was initially established as a summer camp, but hasn’t been used in that capacity for at least 25 years. Although troops used it for weekend camping up until a few weeks ago, the council can no longer afford to keep it.
“We’ve been losing money on it for some time,” Jenkins said. “That’s been fine because we want to provide opportunities for people, but we’re to the point where the council just can’t take the hit anymore.”
Every year, people offer to donate property to the organization.
“Over the past decade or so, the council has systematically divested itself of those properties,” Jenkins said. “I have sold several of them since I’ve been here. Camp Newman was the last piece of the puzzle and now that it is sold, we’re able to fully go forward with our properties and program plan related to adventure and some of the things we’re going to offer in the future.”
The Voyageurs Area Council serves about 3,000 kids and has about 100 units, including Cub Scouts. In addition, about 1,000 adults volunteer with the nonprofit. The territory stretches from Pine County, Minnesota, to the Canadian border and from Gogebic County, Michigan, almost all the way to North Dakota.
The council still operates five camps: Camp Barksdale on Lake Superior by Washburn, Camp Horace Johnson on Island Lake, Camp 28 on the Cloquet River, Camp Nuschka by Cass Lake and an unnamed camp at Rainy Lake.
Jenkins understands that some people will be sad to see Camp Newman sold.
“For a lot of people, that’s their favorite place,” he said. “We’re doing the best that we can as a group to create a plan that brings everybody together and uses our resources in the best possible way.”