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Boy Scouts’ Levi Levi camp in the Hualapais shutting down

March 19, 2019

KINGMAN — The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will discuss taking over Levi Levi Scout Camp in the Hualapai Mountains during its regular morning meeting on Monday.

For years, Levi Levi, located about 14 miles south of Kingman, has been utilized by Las Vegas Area Council of Boy Scouts of America and many locals have fond memories of camping there in the past. Last year, due to the lack of sign ups, camp was canceled.

Brian Porter, the director of support services for the Las Vegas Area Council, didn’t offer an explanation of why Boy Scouts closing the camp when contacted by the Kingman Daily Miner. He said there are ongoing discussions with the county and that the Boy Scouts are not ready to comment just yet.

Mohave County Supervisor Gary Watson, who represents the district in which Levi Levi belongs, said the matter is quite simple.

“They ran out of funding,” Watson said. “The Boy Scouts are having a hard time raising dollars these days, and the camp needs a lot of repairs.”

Asked what will be the most probable future of the camp, Watson said it would get refurbished and integrated into the county park system.

Del Hanks, who until recently served as Boy Scouts district chairman for Mohave County, remains hopeful that the camp will remain open to area youth. A group of scouts under the leadership of Henry Varga raised thousands of dollars to save the camp.

“We got the place in 1954,” Hanks said. “We have lots of nice stuff there. But there’s been a fire danger for last 10 years. It’s too dry, and no one will take responsibility of having so many children in a dry forest.”

Hanks hopes that the county will help to build a safe evacuation road.

Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Mohave County Administration Building in Kingman.