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Boy Scouts Selling A Connecticut Camp To Help Pay For Proposed $850M Sex Abuse Settlement

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The Boy Scouts of America is selling its popular Connecticut summer camp and wilderness reservation to help pay for its proposed $850 million sex abuse settlement.

The group hopes to get about $4 million for Deer Lake Camp in Killingsworth, which was included in a list of the Boy Scout assets, according to court records. Half of the proceeds would cover settlements for the local boy scout chapter, the Connecticut Yankee Council. However, the local chapter said it has made no effort to sell camp.

The Boy Scouts agreed to settle with tens of thousands of abuse victims in August, although representatives of abuse victims said there is no deal yet.

Former scouts and environmentalists have created a “Save Deer Lake” Facebook page to raise money to either buy the camp or advocate for the land to be conserved for recreational purposes.

This headline and story has been updated.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.