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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Camp Schoellkopf had a 2021 Asking Price of $2.7 Million:
Beloved Wyoming County Boy Scouts camp since 1938, sold after 84 years

By   –  Reporter, Buffalo  Business First
A buyer has emerged for a Wyoming County Boy Scouts camp that was put on the market to help the regional organization pay its tab for the national Boy Scouts bankruptcy proceedings.

Officials from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boys Scouts of America declined comment about the potential buyer, citing a confidentiality clause that’s part of the pending sale. The listing for the 557-acre Camp Schoellkopf in the Town of Bennington shows that it is under contract, according to Timberland Realty in Falconer, the listing agency.

Camp Schoellkopf went on the market late last year with a $2.7 million asking price.

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council put Camp Schoellkopf and Camp Stonehaven in Niagara County on the market to pay its share of the $1.8 billion settlement the national Boy Scouts organization owes to more than 82,000 former Scouts who alleged they were sexually abused by Scout leaders. The settlement led the national organization to file for bankruptcy protection, a move that governs the local organization as well.

No offers have been made on Camp Stonehaven, a 56-acre camp in Ransomville.

The Greater Niagara Council owes the national organization $1,537,485 toward the pay out bill and Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection reorganization fees, according to court documents.

Documents filed in the Western District of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court indicate more than 200 sexual abuse claims were filed against the Greater Niagara Council with the value of the claims ranging from $73.6 million to $334 million.

A third area Boy Scout camp, Camp Scouthaven in the Cattaraugus County town of Freedom, is not on the market.

 Hunt Commercial Real Estate's Dana Crocker was elected 2022 President of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors.

In other real estate notes:

• John Miller and Katherine Magruder acquired a house-turned-double at 265 Niagara St., Buffalo, for $365,000, according to filings Feb. 16 in the Erie County Clerk's office. The 2,558-square-foot building, which dates to 1880, was owned by Roy Brace.

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