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What’s next for Camp Barton in Seneca County?

During a recent meeting, Seneca County Supervisors decided to postpone a resolution that would have granted $10,000 to the Town of Covert to support the creation of a local-state partnership for the operation of Camp Barton.

Instead, the supervisors explored the possibility of Seneca County managing the camp after the state acquires the property from the Boy Scouts of America.

Camp Barton, located on the western shore of Cayuga Lake, is currently being sold by the Baden Powell Council of the Boy Scouts of America, based in Binghamton. The state Parks, Recreation and Historic Department has agreed to purchase the property, with the stipulation that the towns of Covert and Ulysses, along with the Village of Trumansburg, operate and maintain the site for public recreational purposes.

The Seneca County Supervisors will now arrange a meeting with representatives from the Tompkins County municipalities to discuss the possibility of Seneca County assuming control of the 130-acre camp.