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Scout Camp At Risk of Being Sold to Private Developer

Have you heard about the statewide effort to save Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth?

Stewarded by the CT Yankee Council of Boy Scouts of America, the 250+ acre property is:

  • A Boy Scout and youth summer day camp—providing children with opportunities to learn and play in a natural outdoor environment;
  • An ecological rarity—part of a large contiguous forest block that is critical as wildlife habitat and to the health of Long Island Sound;
  • A key natural climate solution—one of the areas “most resilient” to climate change in the Northeast corridor; and
  • A recreational gem—with woodlands, streams, ponds, rocky terrain, and trails, including a portion of the blue-blazed Chatfield Trail.

It is also at imminent risk of being sold for development.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL), in cooperation with the Town of Killingworth, State of Connecticut, and partners including Save the Sound (STS), Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), The Nature Conservancy, Killingworth Land Conservation Trust, and many others across the state, are working to preserve the property.

But time is running out to save Deer Lake.

TPL’s fair market value offer has been outbid by a private developer, who offered nearly twice the property’s appraised value, and CT Yankee Council has set a deadline of March 31 to consider higher offers.

How can you help?  

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Thank you for your interest and, as always, for all you do to advance land conservation in your community and across the state.

Amy Blaymore Paterson
Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director