A tradition more than 90 years in the making will stay alive as the Camp Anderson Corporation bought the site for $215,000 Friday, allowing for the campground to remain around for thousands of children and people in the community.
The camp’s board of trustees has raised about $112,000 and will spend the next months and years fundraising to reach their original $500,000 goal.
The board members hope to use that money to keep the camp going and make some improvements.
The land was owned by the Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America and when they announced they planned to sell the camp, everyone joined forces to raise money and keep the camp running.
“Its been almost 12 months in the negotiations,” Property Chairman Mike Yeaton said. “To bring the community together to decide that yes, we’re going to try to purchase this camp and make it happen has been truly amazing.”
“It’s not our camp, it’s their camp. It’s everybody’s camp.” Brian Bressler, president of the Camp Anderson Corporation said. “There’s been a lot of people working to put it back where it originally belonged.”
Members of the board and the community are glad they can keep this historic campground open for generations to come.
“There’s some elders from this area that said, ‘this is where my grandfather learned to swim,'” Yeaton said. “It hits a lot of heart throbs for folks.”
Yeaton added that their goal is to make sure the land isn’t lost.
Camp officials are still hoping to raise money to make improvements like adding a zip line and building a rock wall.
In the meantime, the camp is booked solid for the next three months.