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Historic Boy Scout camp in Phelps for sale

Camp Dittmer, a historic Boy Scout camp located in Phelps is up for sale with an asking price of $3.7 million, following the merger of two scouting councils. The 317-acre property, known for its private 110-acre lake and rich history of camping activities, was closed in 2023 after the consolidation of the Iroquois Trail Council and the Greater Niagara Frontier Council into the Western New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The merger led to the decision to sell the camp, which had not been in operation since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.


The camp, listed by Timberland Realty, a firm specializing in recreational properties, offers a unique investment opportunity. It boasts a variety of facilities ready for use, including Camp Oce and Health Lodge, alongside a large dining hall with a full commercial kitchen.

The sale of Camp Dittmer marks the continuation of a trend, joining other regional Boy Scout camps in New York that have recently closed. Among them are Camp Babock-Hovey on Seneca Lake and Camp Barton on Cayuga Lake, which are being repurposed or sold to new owners. Camp Dittmer’s listing highlights the opportunity to own a fully functional camping facility, promising a tranquil retreat with extensive amenities just minutes from I-90.