To provide better programming and increased experiences to future generations of Sioux Council Boy Scouts of America youths and their families, the council’s Executive Board has decided to downsize its camp property footprint, including the disposition and sale of Lake Shetek Boy Scout Camp near Currie.

According to a Sioux Council Boy Scouts of America press release, the decision to retire and sell the 25-acre camp located on Lake Shetek in southwest Minnesota comes after years of discussion and months of intense study by a volunteer committee composed of Council, District and local unit level volunteers familiar with Sioux Council properties and council operations. Camp Shetek has been operated as a BSA facility since the late 1940s.

Consolidating camping efforts will allow for improvements to be made at the remaining Sioux Council camping facilities, the press release indicated, as well as for "enhanced programming opportunities enabling the Council to serve scouting members for decades to come."

“The Sioux Council Boy Scouts is a small council, relative to other councils in the country," said Tom Smotherman, Scout Executive for the Sioux Council. "For a council our size to have and maintain four camping properties is unheard of.”

The decision is "in no way related to the current national Boy Scout issues and the National Boy Scout organization," he added. Sioux Council is its own independent corporation governed by local volunteers, and proceeds from the sale will be used entirely within the Sioux Council.

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The property will be offered at public auction at the property on Saturday, Oct. 24. Chuck Sutton Auctioneers of Sioux Falls, South Dakota will conduct the sale, with additional information at their website www.suttonauction.com or by phone at (605) 336-6315.