MUNCIE, Ind. – For over 90 years, Camp Red Wing was where local Scouts canoed, hiked, camped and earned badges.
Sold in 2020, the historic camp near Prairie Creek Reservoir is once again up for sale.
A real estate auction service, Fine and Company, has the camp listed online to be auctioned on August 16. The listing divides the property into two parcels, divided where the White River crosses the camp. The 63-acre land on the north side of the river is listed for a minimum bid of $450,000 and includes structures and facilities left over from the Boy Scouts’ days there. Seventy-five acres on the south side of the river, listed at a minimum bid of $750,000, include woods and land that could be used for farming, according to the listing.
Red Wing Camp opened in 1925. A June 1925 Muncie Star article, titled “Scout Camp will open June 29”, noted that boys had helped prepare the Aretus Rees Farm site for the opening of camp. “The camp has a beautiful setting along the river, which splits at this point and forms a small island,” the article notes. “Walks have been built to facilitate access from one side of the river to the other. The boys have access to thirty acres of woodland for their camp.”
The 1925 article attributes the name of the camp to “an old Indian legend concerning a famous warrior, Red Wing”.
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In the summer of 1972, local newspapers reported that the camp had added an additional 55 acres to its grounds in order to add activities such as a skeet shooting range and archery with moving targets. The camp lodge, built in 1958, burned down in October 1974 and a new lodge was built a few years later.
In 1988, a Boy Scouts Crossroads of America Council task force proposed consolidating properties and closing several camps, including Camp Red Wing, which drew strong objections from local Scouting supporters, according to reports. newspaper articles. In September 1988, however, the Crossroads board voted to keep the camps open.
The camp continued to serve local Scouts until its 75th anniversary in 2000. A July 2006 article noted that the grounds included a new 24-bed dormitory, five program shelters, a lodge that could accommodate 150 people and a kitchen, as well as camping, campfire and chapel areas. and several cabins.
In September 2019, the Crossroads of America Council decided to sell Camp Red Wing, along with two other camps in Indiana, noting that all three were operating at a loss.
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The Camp Red Wing property listing on Beacon.com shows the property has been sold twice since then, once in 2020 and again in 2021. A “Camp Red Wing” Facebook page with posts from the summer of 2021 presented it as offering campsites and spaces for events like meetings, barbecues and celebrations.
Girl Scouts’ local camp, Camp Munsee, founded in 1936 on the northwest side of Prairie Creek Reservoir, suffered a similar fate more than a decade ago when it was closed and put up for sale. This property was sold in 2010 to Red-tail Land Conservancy for forest preservation and is now renamed Munsee Woods.
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