I’m not sure, but it appears that the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America has told local scout leaders that if they raise $100,000 they can save the Boy Scout summer camp programs at the Chesterfield Scout Reservation and Horace A. Moses Reservation. Of course this could be wishful thinking based on the Council’s release that the camp was losing about $90,000 per year. I’m not sure from the article if this is official or not. If anyone reads this that knows for sure, please let me know.
I’m also going to try to reach the organizers to relay another idea. In my opinion, the problem really isn’t that the Boy Scout Summer Camps are losing $90,000 per year, but rather that enough Boy Scout Troops aren’t attending the camps. If they fundraise $100,000 this year to keep the camp open, they would still be in the same situation next year.
Instead of raising $100k (or in addition to the fundraising) how about going to the troops in the Council and asking them to make one, two or three year commitments to attend the Boy Scout summer camp programs with an estimate of the number of boys that would attend. If the council had an idea of how many boys would attend and it was enough to make a little money, then they should continue to operate the camps unless they have a hidden agenda.
How about running a matching fundraising campaign? Something like: For every boy that attends camp, a local donor(s) will donate $XX to the council for operating and improving the camp. This would also help ensure that the Western Massachusetts Council won’t decide at a future date to sell the camps. If the camps are used and self-sustaining, then they wouldn’t have a reason to sell the camps.
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