We have written a lot about Scout Camps for sale on this blog, but Scouting organizations are the only organizations facing hard decisions about selling their camp properties, or pieces of their camps. Here is a story about such an organization, Camp Lion in Salem, Massachusetts.
Camp Lion is under contract to sell 15 acres of their 70 acre camp to developers planning to expand a Walmart and other additional retail space according to the article “Camp at heart of land furor“.
From the article it sounds like the camp’s board is sensitive to the concerns of individuals and “…plan to put the money from the sale of the property into an endowment that would allow them to extend their charitable work, which grows harder as their members age and the economy founders.
‘It’s difficult to have the members to put in the time for charitable endeavors,’ said George Brennan, a Camp Lion past president.
In 2007, Camp Lion’s total revenue was $37,525 and expenses were $23,790, according to the most recent tax filings available. All the, critics have voiced concerns that this could be the first of several to sell the camp off.”
We would suggest critics ask Camp Lion to put a conservation easement (PDF) on the remaining property to permanently protect the property and alleviate critics concerns.
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