Youth Camp Issues Get County Commissioners' Attention

Youth Camp Issues Get County Commissioners' Attention

At a recent Johnson County Commission meeting, issues and problems with the Johnson County Youth Camp were brought to the attention of the commissioners, who have since moved to correct the problems and improve the camp.

Last week, Verna Lawrence brought a number of issues and problems at the camp to the commissioner's attention, asking for their help to resolve them.

The volunteer board, which Lawrence serves on, have seen a decrease in the number of uses this summer, and they are worried about how to pay their $850 annual use agreement fee for the land the camp sits on to the State of Wyoming and their annual $1,000 insurance premiums to cover the site with liability insurance.
The camp has traditionally been able to pay their bills through the use fees gathered every year.

The county has one-percent money set aside for the camp, and will look into setting aside a specific line item in their annual budget and work with the board to help maintain and promote the use of the facility. There will also be a specific “chain of command” to go through for information on and availability and booking of the facility in the future.

A possible reorganization of the Youth Camp Board will also be coming, according to their discussions.

Commissioner Jim Hicks said the facility, if better maintained, promoted and used, could be a very welcome asset for the county.

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