The Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced Thursday it will consolidate its camping areas in the Poconos and sell Camp Trexler Reservation on Jonas Road in Polk Township to raise money for its contribution to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.
A letter from Richard Christ, Scout executive and CEO, was posted on the organization’s Facebook page on Thursday.
Christ said the money is needed to resolve scouting related sexual abuse claims. There are over 82,000 sexual abuse claims against BSA National.
Under the Chapter 11 agreement, $2.7 billion must be contributed to a victim abuse fund. The local council’s contribution is $2.6 million, according to the letter.
The council will also be selling its service center on Postal Road in Allentown. The center houses staff offices and the Scout store. These operations will be relocated.
In 2024, all camping operations will be moved to Camp Minsi on Stillwater Lake in Pocono Summit. The council said this consolidation is possible because of a decline in camping and Scouts.
According to Christ, local membership was at 10,000 nearly 10 years ago. Today, there are barely 4,000 Scouts in the Minsi Trails Council.
The council will refinance operations with a $4.5 million loan to pay the $2.6 million to the victims fund, as well as other debts and expenses as part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
“While Trexler Scout Reservation holds great memories and represents the best of experiences for many of us, we must look ahead and do what is best for Minsi Trails Council and its future Scouters,” Christ said in the letter.