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Effort underway to prevent the sale of Boy Scout Camp Barton

An effort is underway to save Boy Scout Camp Barton.

The camp in Seneca County, which includes 2,200 feet of Cayuga Lakefront, is owned by the Baden-Powell Council of Scouts BSA. The property is scheduled to be sold to help the parent Boy Scouts of America emerge from bankruptcy, caused in part by payouts to victims of sexual abuse.

WENY-TV reports a petition with over 2,000 signatures is circulating, calling for the camp to be saved. Assemblywoman Anna Kelles is concerned that if Camp Barton is sold, the lack of zoning laws affecting the property could lead to uncontrolled development. Kelles is asking that community members sign the petition and contact Trumansburg Mayor Rordan Hart and Governor Hochul, urging them to stop the sale. Trumansburg gets much of its water from the part of the lake bordering the camp.

You can access the petition here.