VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana community is celebrating a legal victory that will allow a long time girl scout camp to re-open.
Vincennes Girl Scouts operated Camp Wildwood for decades until a re-organization put it in the hands of an Illinois based Girl Scout Council that then attempted to sell it.
Local groups fought the deal and the legal fight ended in the Indiana Supreme Court.
Now, the camp is now back in local control.
For the last 3 years Camp Wildwood has been locked away from kids in this community, tied up in an adult legal fight between Vincennes Girls Inc. and the Southern Illinois Girl Scout Council.
Now, that fight is over.
"Extremely happy," said Secretary for Vincennes Girls, Inc. Jim Gislason, "it's been a long, long road, but we finally got the supreme court to rule in our favor. The camp is now part of the city of Vincennes."
Local officials had not been able to get into the 12 acre camp until now.
A first look at the buildings showed some had survived the disuse pretty well.
Others showed signs of neglect and vandalism.
So far all of the heavy lifting on the project has been done by the lawyers in the legal fight.
Now, that is all decided and the next thing is how the community can get the place cleaned up and back into operation.
"There really is what I would call a consortium of local community minded organizations, not-for-profits, that are going to go in a tackle it," said Vincennes Girls, Inc. Board Member Bob Lechner. "There are some plans that are already in place."
Plans that will hopefully make Camp Wildwood a key element for the kids in this community again.
"We're going to turn this thing into a youth camp that everyone can enjoy," said Gislason.
"It's really a great day for the kids in Knox County," added Lechner.
Because once again kids will be able to spend their time at Camp Wildwood.
Officials say they hope to begin refurbishing Camp Wildwood as soon as possible, but have no timetable for re-opening it.
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