Dear Scouting Family,

 

Today our board of directors accepted the offer from the non-profit The Trust For Public Land for the purchase of the Will J. Reid Scout Park. This action was necessary for, and in the best interests of the long-term fiscal sustainability of the Long Beach Area Council.

The sale of Will J. Reid to The Trust For Public Land for $4,850,000 will enable the Council to repay our inter-fund loan, and to focus our fiscal and volunteer resources in providing quality programming for our 4,600 Scouts.

Proceeds from the sale of Will J. Reid Scout Park will primarily build up our endowment but will also allow our Council to begin making necessary capital improvements to our other camp properties – the 52-year-old Camp Tahquitz in Angelus Oaks, and the 45-year-old Sea Scout Base in Alamitos Bay Marina. Of particular significance, Camp Tahquitz is in need of major capital repairs to its food service and bathroom/shower facilities, and its aquatics center, sewer system, Kiwanis lodge and other facilities need major restoration, updates or replacement. The proceeds from the sale will enable us to begin addressing those needs. Modernizing and upgrading Camp Tahquitz will bring the facility up to Scout Leader and parent "expectations," and will enable the Council to realize an income stream from guest troops and other organizations who can rent the property when it is not in use.

In this carefully considered effort, preserving the Will J. Reid Scout Park property as open space has been a foremost goal of our Council. The Trust for Public Land is a national land conservation, quality of life organization dedicated to preserving landscapes, keeping them safe from development and open for everyone to enjoy. In Long Beach alone, they have been a part of the purchase of park properties in Wrigley Heights, along the Pacific Electric Right of Way, and Los Cerritos Wetlands. Through this sale, Will J. Reid Scout Park will continue to be a community asset.

Over the next few months, The Trust for Public Land will be working with community leaders and organizations to determine a plan for the park. We will certainly have a voice in this process and look forward to working with this great organization.

We soon will kick off a major capital campaign, Building for Generations, with a goal of fully funding the restoration and upgrade of Camp Tahquitz and providing for facility upgrades at the Sea Scout Base. For more information about the campaign, or if you have any additional questions about today’s announcement, please contact the council office.

Yours in Scouting,

Jim Jeffery Craig Haines John Fullerton
Council President Council Commissioner Scout Executive