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All is reported well at Camp Birch after lockdown

(June 27, 2013) - Tecumseh Council’s Camp Birch was in lockdown Thursday afternoon, as a pre-cautionary measure after council officials received notice from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office of a safety concern at neighboring Glen Helen Nature Preserve. No concerns were reported during the afternoon at Camp Birch.

As of Thursday late afternoon, local law enforcement officials were continuing their search of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve for a man, who was reportedly wearing camouflage and carrying a gun.

Camp Birch staff gathered all camp participants and staff together from about noon until approximately 3:45 p.m., as a pre-cautionary measure, Tecumseh Council CEO/Scout Executive Jim Nolan reports.

“Safety is the upmost concern for everything we do,” Nolan said. “Following the direction of the sheriff’s office, we wanted to make sure the safety of all campers took top priority. Law enforcement authorities were great keeping us informed as a precautionary matter.”

Deputies, law enforcement officers and a K-9 unit from several area agencies were searching the park, the Glen Helen Education Center on State Route 343 and neighboring areas, sheriff’s Maj. Eric Spicer said Thursday, according to reports.

The unknown individual is described as white, in his 20s and wearing long-sleeve camouflage top and long pants, authorities report.

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