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El Rancho Cima (TX) sold for nearly $25million

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https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/08/18/boy-scouts-list-former-hill-country-camp-for.html

 

2,348 acre  scout camp sold for nearly $25million.  They (Sam Houston Council?) will use the proceeds for the development of the new Camp Strake in the Houston area.

 

I thought the sale of the old Camp Strake covered that expense and then some?

 

farewell...

http://republicranches.com/landlisting/el-rancho-cima/

 

 

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I hate to see this.  This was my favorite camp growing up.  But, usage at the camp was down, and a significant amount of its infrastructure was damaged/destroyed in the May 2015 floods along the Blanco river.

 

On the other hand, if I win the Powerball tonight...

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I agree with @@Chisos...it was my favorite camp growing up. Still is.

 

One reason usage is down is that they never rebuilt River Camp after the 2015 floods.  Not many people really ever went to Horseshoe Bend or Hammond. River Camp was the big draw.  If they did't rebuild the most popular camp, what did they expect would happen?

 

Also, some of this was just penny pinching and making decisions centered on the council rather than the boys. When I went as a youth in the late 70s, early 80s, the tents in every campsite were up on the hillsides in the shade. They were 8-man tents so you could put your whole patrol in them and they were set up on the raised platforms that were 5' to 6' off the ground in the front. Really fun and really different. Then, over the years, they did away with all that and ended up with two-man tents set up on wooden pallets in the flat areas in the sun. Not nearly as much fun and the difference between being in the shade and in the sun is substantial. Like much in scouting, they just made decisions that gradually degraded the experience so that it just wasn't what it could have been or should have been.

 

EagleSchiff, the cost of the old Camp Strake was supposed to cover the cost of the new one but something went wrong and they didn't have enough. I don't know if they overestimated the worth of the old one or if they underestimated the cost of the new one. So, they figured rather than putting money back into River Camp (again), they would sell it and use the proceeds to cover the shortfall for the new Strake. I would like to put a trace on all that money to see what they really spend it for, because my guess is a lot of it won't actually be spent on the youth or their program.

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Interesting.  I wish there was a way to keep it as one piece of land...those are getting to be fewer and fewer...maybe as some sort of nature preserve or otherwise development limited area.  I'd hate to see it get chopped up in to a bunch of 5-acre "ranchettes."

 

@@Ankylus, I didn't know about the 8-man tents!  I must have just missed them...I was there in '87, '89, and '92.  Two of those years we stayed in Ironwheel Mesa--shady campsite, with two-man tents.  One other year we were across the river, just on the other side of the low water crossing...not as much shade and it was hot!

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