After four years, Camp Wildwood finally welcoming visitors


VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – A grand opening at Camp Wildwood in Vincennes is being chalked up as a success. The property, which sat closed for more than four years tied up in a legal battle between Girl Scout Councils in Illinois and Indiana, welcomed visitors Wednesday evening.

Jim Gislason with Camp Wildwood Foundation told News 10 more than 100 people attended the Knox Count Chamber of Commerce’s ‘after hours’ event Wednesday. The public opening also created conversation about potential guest rentals.

“The thing that was really amazing, was so many gals bringing either their daughters or grand-daughters out there and talking to friends wide eyed and wild smiles,” said Gislason.

Wednesday’s opening also created some leads for future camp site rentals. One potential lead involved a wedding.

“That will be something new and different,” he added.

An Indiana Supreme Court Ruling in 2013 shifted control of the Illinois Girl Scout property back into the interests of Vincennes, Indiana Girl Scouts. The Vincennes, Indiana Girl Scouts disbanded, which allowed the formation of the Camp Wildwood Foundation. The foundation now owns and manages the property.

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