Longtime Scout camp for sale in Bleecker

BLEECKER – The Woodworth Lake Scout Reservation, where area Boy Scouts have camped for decades, is up for sale, according to the Twin Rivers Council, which oversees the camp.

Richard Stockton, Scout executive for the Twin Rivers Council, said the council is selling the 1,200-acre camp because of the cost of maintenance and the need to consolidate the council’s properties. The council is asking about $1.25 million for the property.

The council says the camp no longer is viable.

“This is not a property that the council can afford to maintain, nor does it have the unit use to justify the continued expense as it does not support itself each year through camping revenue,” a news release from the council stated. “The council leadership is sensitive to the sale of any Scout property and those individuals that have been associated with its use and well-being.”

According to Stockton, it is expensive to maintain the 20 buildings on the Woodworth Lake site.

Stockton said the decision to sell the camp came after much discussion and debate among members of the council.

The Woodworth Lake reservation includes three ponds and a lake. It has been used year-round for day camp, Scouting activities, community use and short-term camping. The site includes, among other things, a rifle and archery range, a dining hall and cabins.

Stockton said the camp has been hosting weekend events in recent years.

“We have five summer camps [in the council], and we can’t afford to maintain five summer camps,” Stockton said.

According to Stockton, after the sale of the camp, Scouting events normally held there will take place at other camps such as Camp Boyhaven in Saratoga, Camp Wakpominee in Fort Ann and Camp Rotary in Poestenkill.

Stockton said the sale of the camp will be handled by the council.

He said officials are in negotiations with those interested in the camp. He would not release the names of potential buyers.

“Our operating costs increase every year (for example, food for our camps), yet we are experiencing significant decreases in support, including our Family Friends of Scouting campaign,” the news release said. “This has caused many financial problems as we work to continue the same quality of program that our Scouts deserve.”

The Twin Rivers Council oversees Scouting in 13 counties, including Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties. The council serves more than 11,000 youths and 6,000 registered adult volunteers.

The council oversees several Scout districts, including the Sir William Johnson District, which serves Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties.

The Sir William Johnson District has scheduled a spring camporee at the Woodworth Lake Camp for May 17 through 16, according to the district’s website.

Sir William Johnson District representatives could not be reached for comment for this story.