A Boy Scouts of America camp that was put on the market to meet a multimillion-dollar financial obligation to a national victims’ compensation fund may soon be purchased by Dutchess County.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced Friday that he has sent a resolution to the county legislature to purchase Camp Nooteeming, a 272-acre camp located at Salt Point in the town of Pleasant Valley, at BSA. The county plans to partner with Pathfinder FC (Football Club), which currently holds a lease on the property for the football facilities, to manage and operate the camp.

Summer camp activities could begin as early as this year, with Pathfinder FC coordinating youth camp programs and facility rentals.

Molinaro is seeking legislature approval for a $4.8 million appropriation, including $4 million to purchase camp property, plus an additional $200,000 for camp upkeep and equipment and $600,000 for security and ADA compliance enhancements. Molinaro said in a press release that the property is valued at more than $5.2 million.

“The Nooteeming Camp will provide Dutchess County youth and families with many opportunities to explore nature, play sports and build memories that will last a lifetime,” Molinaro said in a press release. “I look forward to legislators’ review and approval of this important investment.”

The resolution will be considered by the Legislature’s Public Works and Capital Projects Committee on April 7. The full county legislature will vote on the purchase of the property at its board meeting the following week, April 11.

Boy Scouts chapter owes victims’ trust more than $6 million

The county’s intention to purchase the Nooteeming camp comes four months after the Boy Scouts of America of the Greater Hudson Valley Council announced it was selling the property, one of three camps in the area that have been put on the market to assess the value of properties. Other camps include the 313-acre Camp Bullowa in Stony Point, Rockland County; and the 1,385-acre Durland Scout Reserve in the Putnam Valley, Putnam County.

The national Boy Scouts organization has faced thousands of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse, prompting the BSA to file for bankruptcy and establish a national victims compensation trust. A 2021 bankruptcy task force recommended the Boy Scouts sell Camp Nooteeming to help Greater Hudson Valley Council pay its $6.36 million obligation to the national victims relief fund. The camp itself did not file for bankruptcy and continued to serve approximately 10,000 young people on an annual basis.

“At this time, we hope that no further camp sales will be necessary,” Richard Stockton of the Greater Hudson Valley Council said in an email in December. “But it’s a bankruptcy and until the federal court decides, we have to wait.”