Kids, Parents Hold Protest Against Closing Of Camp

Thursday, March 22nd 2007, 8:31 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ About 20 children and some of their parents protest silently during a meeting of the Camp Fire USA Heart of Oklahoma Council.

The youths, ranging in age from 9 to 17, are protesting the council's decision to close Camp Cimarron near Coyle. They sat for more than two hours at the meeting before members of the council allowed them to express their opinions.

Members of a camp alumni association have offered to rent the camp and operate it from June 6th to July 9th, but the council tabled that proposal on Tuesday, saying it needed more information.

The council's interim executive director, Phyllis Morris, says the organization lacks the money to keep the camp open. She says many of the camp's buildings are old and in need of repairs.

Morris says the children could attend Camp Waluhili in Tulsa this summer.