The Cradle of Liberty Boy Scouts Council based in Wayne, Delaware County is looking to sell its 750-acre Camp Delmont so it can contribute $6.8 million toward a $2.5 billion national Boy Scouts of America sex abuse settlement, writes Frank Kummer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The camp, under a conservation easement for a decade, is part of the Musser Scout Reservation in Marlborough Township, Montgomery County.
As 250 Scout Councils nationwide turn to the thousands of acres of land they own to pay down the settlement, some residents and nonprofit groups worry the land could end up with developers.
That’s unlikely for Camp Delmont.
There are covenants on the land that is “pretty restrictive” so “it’s highly unlikely it could be sold for development,” said Cradle of Liberty CEO Daniel Templar.
The property was listed in January for just shy of $4 million.
Natural Lands holds a conservation easement for Camp Delmont, which prevents most development on the property, said Kirsten Werner, a Natural Lands spokesperson. .
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry has also expressed interest in the property, Werner said.
In Pennsylvania, Scouting organizations own about 17,000 mostly forested acres.
Read more about Boy Scout land sales in The Philadelphia Inquirer.