Nonprofit trying to save Deer Lake Camp in Killingworth
KILLINGWORTH, CT (WFSB) - There’s a worldwide effort underway to save a Boy Scout Camp from falling into the hands of developers near the shoreline.
Deer Lake is a 250-acre Boy Scout Camp in Killingworth that has been put up for sale by the Scouts Yankee Council.
While one developer has offered millions to develop the land, a non-profit group called Save Deer Lake wants to buy it too, as a conservation area for recreational purposes.
They’ve raised more than $4 million so far.
“People everywhere are interested in this and care about this,” said Ted Elton.
Elton grew up at the camp and was even a counselor here.
He says Save Deer Lake has raised $4.1 million thanks to 450 people in 25 states and 3 countries.
“We’re striking a chord with the people that are really into this for the preservation of the land and the people who love the camp,” said Ted Langevin, President of Pathfinders, Inc.
“Once a piece of land like this is developed it’s gone for good you can’t get it back,” Elton said.
The deadline to make a bid is Sunday May 1.
“Could Killingworth actually buy this piece of property? Not at 5 million dollars. We’re a little town. My entire operating budget is $5 million dollars,” said Nancy Grotski, Killingworth First Selectman.
Eyewitness News reached out to the Yankee Council and they say everything is on schedule.
The deadline stands for this Sunday.
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