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Financial Owes Prompt WA BSA Council to Sell Camp Properties

Here is an interesting article about the state of Washington’s Grand Columbia Council of Boy Scouts of America selling an office building and about 250 acres of camp properties.  The Council had accumulated $1.6 million in debt after making improvements to Camp Fife required by the state including the water system and upgrading the electrical system.

The article says: “Properties the council recently listed with NAI Black Commercial Real Estate Services include: 41.75 at North Creek across from Scout-A-Vista, listed for $227,000; 61.59 acres across from Scout-A-Vista for $335,000; 100 acres at Summit Lake camp near Wauconda for $252,000; 22 acres across from Camp Bonaparte for $105,000; the 11,000-square-feet council office building in Yakima for $1.2 million; and slightly less than an acre in Buena.

The camp at Summit Lake is not used for council camping programs, said Fawcett, and the other camp properties would not affect council camping programs.”

One idea to raise the needed money was to sell about 200 acre camp Scout-A-Vista. This has met with much local and volunteer resistance. Currently volunteers are raising $500,000 to save the part of camp Scout-A-Vista. The article says: “Ownership of the camp property would transfer from the council to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, he said. They would lease the property back to the council on a 99 year lease for $1 per year. That would ensure everyone knew that “Scout-A-Vista cannot, and will not, be sold,” he said.”

Read the full article at http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/news/article_2daa461c-120d-11e1-a629-001cc4c03286.html.

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