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Rhode Island Land Trusts to Buy Girl Scout and YMCA Camps

If you are going to sell your camp, here is an example in Rhode Island of what I would call a social and ecological responsible method of selling your camp. A former Girl Scout camp and YMCA summer camp are to be bought by the Westerly Land Trust and the Charlestown Land Trust.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management grants include a $134,000 open space award for the purchase for the 72-area The Girl Scouts of Rhode Island’s Camp Wahaneeta property in Westerly and a $367,000 award toward the purchase of a 27.5-acre former YMCA camp on Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. The Girl Scouts of Rhode Island had closed Camp Wahaneeta several years ago.

Although I highlight this as a responsible way to sell a camp because it keeps in in public use and maintains it’s open space and ecological values, please note in the linked article that the YMCA had first tried to sell this property at a much higher price to residential developers. This fell through because it required rezoning from open space to residential and the town rejected the rezoning request thus killing the deal with the developer. Read the full Article.

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