As the TNT’s Steve Maynard reported last week, the state Supreme Court’s recent decision to decline an appeal by the Pacific Harbors Council effectively means the sale of Camp Kilworth to the City of Federal Way has been scotched.
But the high court’s action (or in this case, inaction) may also have broader implications: Kilworth is among at least two dozen properties across the nation that have become battlegrounds in recent years between the Boy Scouts and well-meaning property donors, who have come to believe the BSA’s handling of their gifts have fallen far short of Scout’s Honor.
A little background on the Kilworth case: In 2006, after initially negotiating with developers, the Tacoma-based Pacific Harbors Council ultimately agreed to sell the camp for $3 million to the city, which had planned to preserve Kilworth as a park.
Scouting officials had said urban encroachment and land erosion made Kilworth less desirable for scouting programs. They also said they intended to use at least some proceeds from the camp sale to cover costs for updating other council properties. Meanwhile, the city wanted to save the camp property – one of south King County’s last large undeveloped tracts on Puget Sound – as open space.
To most observers, the pending sale sounded like a win-win. There was just one catch: The property deed.
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