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Mornings unPHILtered - Local Boy Scouts buy camp area in Sylvania
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    Host Phil Boyum welcomed Statesboro City Councilman Will Britt to Tuesday's “Mornings unPHILtered” show.
    Britt, however, came on the show to discuss his role as the Ogeechee District executive of the Boy Scout's Coastal Empire Council, and the new Boy Scout camp being built in Sylvania.
    Britt said he will be the host of the third annual Boy Scout Camp awareness meeting and fundraiser. The event is today at 5 p.m. at Chops Restaurant in downtown Statesboro.
    Britt said they would discuss what's happening at the camp, and then present a “Wish List” of what is needed right now to jumpstart the camp's construction.
    The old camp, Camp Blue Heron, was surrounded by developments, and was sold to move to a more undeveloped and private location.
    The site in Sylvania is located off of Poor Robin Road and Highway 21 was unofficially named the “Black Creek Reservation.” It has 380 acres and a 42-acre lake in the middle.
    The plans are to construct an eating facility, swimming facility, archery, rifle range, shotgun range, camping area and aquatics area on the property.
    Jason Williams, owner of Plantation Properties in Statesboro, helped the Boy Scouts secure the property for which they paid $5,000 an acre.
    As at Blue Heron, the camp will be used primarily by the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and the Junior ROTC. The old camp averaged some 2,500 scouts a year, mostly during the summer and on weekends.
    The Boy Scout Coastal Empire Council covers 11 counties, which serves 8,500 Cub and Boy Scouts and 5,000 Adventurers.
    As at Camp Blue Heron, Steve McDonald will run the camp, and will be living on-site as a house is built for his family.
    The first large-scale event at the new camp may be the annual “Father and Son Freeze Out” in January. This event typically draws between 600 and 900 campers.
    Britt said the camp does not yet have an official name. Therefore, the Boy Scouts would welcome, and reward, the financial assistance of a very generous donor.
    “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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