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The cabin built by kids and knocked down by the town

In 1989, a group of industrious Nova Scotia teens built forts and their own log cabin in the woods -- but the town didn't like it.

Nova Scotia teens didn't see a problem with their project, but their town did in 1989

The cabin in the woods

32 years ago
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Town officials plan to tear down a log cabin and other structures built by kids in the Nova Scotia woods. 1:51

The plastic-covered shelter and the platform in the trees were just the start.

Things really got serious when a group of teens got to work on a more ambitious structure in the woods in Bible Hill, N.S., near Truro, 30 years ago.

"Some local kids are building a log house," said reporter Dan Lawson, as the camera captured those kids showing him a square of interlaced logs forming walls at least a metre high.

But the log house and other building experiments were on public land that the village was planning to develop with trails, and near new houses under construction.

"Some grown-ups in Bible Hill say the camps are noisy and dangerous," explained Lawson. "They want them out of town."

"There's a right and a wrong, and we're into a wrong here," said Bruce Kennedy, who said the kids' efforts were destructive. (1st Edition/CBC News)

Bruce Kennedy acknowledged that the kids were up to something that generations before them had done.

"We were all kids, we've all done those things," said Kennedy. "We want to eliminate any possibility of possible damage to the village or anybody in it."

John MacKinnon, one of the builders, didn't understand what the problem was.

"There's no houses around here, except for the houses that are being built," said John MacKinnon, who was constructing a log structure in the woods. (1st Edition/CBC Archives)

"There's no houses around here except for the houses that are being built," he said. "There's a cemetery over there so they can't hear very well."

Village officials were going to demolish the log structure in a few weeks, said Lawson.

"It looks like the kids around here are going to have to find their summertime fun somewhere else."

The woods also bore signs of other building experiments by the same group of kids. (1st Edition/CBC Archives)

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