Heagy no longer part of Camp Attitude

2004-09-15T00:00:00Z Heagy no longer part of Camp AttitudeBy Les Gehrett Albany Democrat-Herald Lebanon Express
September 15, 2004 12:00 am  • 

Founder Ron Heagy Jr., is out of Camp Attitude, according to a settlement announced Sept. 18 by the Oregon Department of Justice.

Camp Attitude is a summer camp for disabled youth. It is located east of Foster Lake on Highway 20.

The settlement was in two lawsuits resulting from charges from some current and former Camp Attitude board members that Heagy had used camp funds improperly.

In a statement the department said: "All matters have been resolved by the parties, with the approval of the attorney general of the state of Oregon, without any findings by the court of fault or inappropriate conduct by any party."

Victoria Cox, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said the department's primary concern was the future of the camp.

"This settlement satisfies the state that the assets are appropriately protected and will be used for charitable purposes," Cox said.

Camp Attitude was founded by Heagy, a nationally known motivational speaker and advocate for the disabled. Heagy was disabled in a surfing accident at the age of 17 and dreamed of Camp Attitude as a fully-accessible youth camp.

He acquired a site for the camp on the banks of the South Santiam River, five miles east of Sweet Home on Highway 20. Construction began in 1998 and the first camp session was held in 2000.

Questions were raised about the camp's financial practices in 2003 by a group of current and former board members. That led to a parting between Heagy and the camp administration.

After his departure, the campground remained in the ownership of the the Heagy Family Trust.

As part of the settlement, the Camp Attitude corporation will purchase the site from the trust at a cost of $295,000, payable over 10 years at an interest rate of 6 percent.

Under the agreement, Camp Attitude will continue to use that name, while Heagy will be allowed to continue to use the name "Life is an Attitude," which is the title of a book he wrote and the name of his foundation.

A camp volunteer, who did not wish to be named, said last week that two one-week sessions were held this summer in August.

The second session drew 75 campers, the most ever for Camp Attitude, she said.

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