BELGRADE, Maine (WABI) – There is an ongoing fight to keep a central Maine scout camp – a central Maine scout camp.
The Maine attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the Pine Tree Council of Boy Scouts of America to prevent them from selling Camp Bomazeen to help get out of debt.
The Belgrade property was donated to Scouts by a doctor in Waterville in the 1940s.
TV5 spoke to members of the Bomazeen Old Timers Club on Thursday.
They say they fully support the lawsuit.
“The land has been placed in trust with the Pine Tree Council to manage and use it for scouts in the Kennebec Valley area. Club.
“It’s for the kids in central Maine,” club member Scott Adams said. “To sit there and sell it and take the money to bail out the Pine Tree Council, leaving all the young people in the area dry, that’s just not right. The way they land has been given to scouts for them to use is against trust. “
They say the case is expected to go to mediation later this summer.
However, they hope they can come to an agreement and avoid going to court.
The Pine Tree Council made a statement to TV5.
The Pine Tree Council does not agree with the assertions of the Attorney General, Mr. Bruce Rueger and Mr. Scott Adams regarding the ability of the Pine Tree Council to sell Camp Bomazeen and use the proceeds of any future sales. As described in the counterclaims that the Pine Tree Council filed in Superior Court against the Attorney General and the two intervenors, the Pine Tree Council firmly believes that it is free to sell Camp Bomazeen and that it is free to sell Camp Bomazeen. use the proceeds of any sale to help secure the future of scouting in Maine, and asked the court to declare that to be the case.
The Pine Tree Council has several camps, including Camp Bomazeen. Maintaining them has become a burden on the Pine Tree Council, especially as the camps, in general, and Camp Bomazeen, in particular, are considerably underutilized. Nothing would please Pine Tree Council more than all of its camps, including Camp Bomazeen, to be used to the fullest extent possible by the Boy Scouts. However, this is simply not the reality. Due to the underutilization of the camps, there is simply not enough income generated from their use to pay for their upkeep. Accordingly, the Pine Tree Council must be a good steward of its resources so that it can continue to meet the needs of current Boy Scouts and those to come in the future. For this reason, although the Pine Tree Council has not identified a buyer for Camp Bomazeen, the Pine Tree Council is open for sale, especially to a part that would allow the Boy Scouts to continue using it at the future.
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