Boy Scouts of America sell Chesterfield Scout Reservation

Hampshire County

The Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America finalized a $1 million deal for the sale of its Chesterfield Scout Reservation Tuesday.

According to a news release sent to 22News, the decision to sell the property was made in 2014 when the maintenance of the reservation in addition to the Moses Scout Reservation in Russell became overwhelming.

The 186-acre reservation was sold to Tolgy Wood, a group that runs live action Renaissance role playing, and they said they plan to maintain the property and continue to offer outdoor programs. 

“You know, their our new neighbors and hopefully it brings a lot of fun and good times to the area,” said CEO David Kruse of Boy Scouts of America Western Massachusetts Council.

According to Kruse, the group has been renting the space since 2003. The money from the sale will allow the Council to continue to invest in the Moses Reservation, which includes adding to the maintenance endowment and eliminating the Council’s debt.

The Moses Reservation has already seen some improvements such as added metal roofs and the replacements of window and rotting wood in some buildings. 

The reservation has also seen a significant investment in camper activities such as an ATV riding program, a water trampoline installation, and a 68 foot climbing tower.

Later this year a new bathroom and shower facility will be completed.

Tolgy Wood will rent the Chesterfield property to different groups each weekend. They have 2 games scheduled for August.

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