(Left): Pouch Camp, Staten Island. The Boy Scouts of America are looking to sell the camp due to financial problems. (SI Advance file photo)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Citing financial turmoil, the Boy Scouts of America is exploring the full or partial sale of Pouch Camp.
If a transaction materializes, however, the organization is hoping to secure an arrangement that would still allow Scouts and the community to use the wooded parkland in Sea View.
In discussions with the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy and city, state, and federal elected and appointed officials, the Boy Scouts have sought a "conservation easement" at Pouch Scout Camp, which would preserve the camp land as green space.
Through the easement, the Scouts would relinquish their rights to develop the property but it would permanently preserve the land as open space and prevent the potential of housing or commercial development. It would allow Scouts and the community to continue to use the property.
Citing financial difficulties, Boy Scouts looking to sell Pouch Camp
Staten Island Advance - December 2, 2009