Sale of Chesterfield Scout Reservation Finalized
WESTFIELD — The Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced the completed sale of the 186-acre Chesterfield Scout Reservation to a buyer who plans to maintain the property and continue to offer outdoor programs.
The council has owned both Chesterfield and the Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation in Russell since the merger of two area councils in 2008. The camps are 25 miles apart, and the Moses Reservation is a nearly 1,300-acre property. The maintenance of both properties — buildings and grounds — was overwhelming, and following an 18-month property study, the decision was made to sell Chesterfield in 2014.
“There are many fond memories people have of Chesterfield Scout Reservation, which will last a lifetime, but we determined, through due diligence, including an in-depth property study, that selling was in the best interest of the Scouts served by the council,” said David Kruse, CEO and Scout executive for the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Kruse said the council will remain focused on dedicating its time and resources to the Moses Reservation. Proceeds from the Chesterfield sale will allow for continual investment in the Moses Reservation, which includes adding to the maintenance endowment and eliminating the council’s debt.
Some of the improvements already made to Moses Reservation feature the addition of metal roofs and replacement of windows and rotting wood on several buildings. There has also been a significant investment in activities for campers, such as an ATV riding program, water trampoline installation at the camp waterfront, and a 68-foot climbing tower. A new bathroom and shower facility will be completed later this year.
“We are committed to making the Moses Scout Reservation a fun experience through a diversity of activities,” Kruse said. “Continual reinvestment in the property to better serve the youth of Western Massachusetts is the most important part of that commitment.”