Camp Anderson Update
Statement Regarding the Sale of Camp Anderson
The Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America Announces Sale of Camp Anderson to the Camp Anderson Corporation:
- The Camp Anderson Corporation to purchase Camp Anderson property from the Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America.
- 113-Acre camp to be available to community as well as Scouts.
- The Camp Anderson Corporation will maintain the facility in central Pennsylvania.
The Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America has reached an agreement with the Camp Anderson Corporation to purchase the 113-acre Camp Anderson property, located in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. As of January 6, 2017, the property is under the management of the Camp Anderson Corporation and will continue to offer a number of picturesque camping opportunities, recreational facilities, and trout stream fishing for the local community and Scouting community at large.
Camp Anderson has been a Boy Scout camp since 1926 and sits on VanScoyoc Hollow in Snyder Township featuring campsites, trails, areas for field activities, and trout fishing. In recent years, it has served local Scouting units as a camp for weekend adventures and Scout activities.
The agreement demonstrates the Camp Anderson Corporation’s and the Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to the conservation, protection, management, and enjoyment of our State's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
“We are incredibly excited about this opportunity,” said Sharon Moulds, Scout Executive for the Laurel Highlands Council. “This agreement allows Camp Anderson to continue to serve as a sanctuary for the community and Scouts alike.”
The Laurel Highlands Council is the result of many mergers resulting in a surplus of properties which over the years has resulted in deferred maintenance and long-term debt. “The council strives to be able to offer a ‘world-class’ experience for all of our Scouts,” said Moulds. “But we haven’t been able to do that because of the high cost of maintaining all of the properties.”
“The divesting of property, especially camps, are always a difficult endeavor which is why this is a perfect solution,” stated Moulds.
At the direction of the Executive Board, funds from the sale of Camp Anderson will be invested in the capital infrastructure of Heritage Scout Reservation, the council’s long-term summer camp facility.
Throughout the year, more than 3,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers and their families from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia utilized Camp Anderson for their outdoor adventure and skills development.
About the Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America:
For more than 107 years, the Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America has been the foremost youth-serving organization in our community that develops character, citizenship and fitness. It is our mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America serves nearly 17,000 youth members and 5,000 volunteer adult leaders throughout its multi-state footprint serving Western Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, and parts of West Virginia, making it one of the largest councils in the Boy Scouts of America. More information on the Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America can be found at www.LHC-BSA.org.