The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe placed the highest bid on four of seven parcels of land sold Friday at the former home of the Cherokee Council Boy Scout Camp.
For a total of $482,100, the tribe is now the owner of slightly more than 580 acres of land, a three-bedroom, 1,300-square-foot house, a meeting hall, office, health cabin, a dining hall that seats 250 people, two small cabins and an open-air A-frame chapel.
“We want to enlarge our land base,” said Dennis Wadsworth, tribe council member.
According to Wadsworth, the tribe has no immediate plans for the property. For now, they say, the land will remain as it is.
Tribal envronmentalist Paul Barton confirmed that the land was part of the Seneca-Cayuga homeland.
“You are buying history,” said Tommy Williams of Tulsa's Williams & Williams Auction Co., which conducted the sale.
Over the past 60 years, the camp has served thousands of Boy Scouts before economics forced the Cherokee Area Council to sell the property.
Ed Harvey, the camp's executive director, said costs and upkeep outweighed the benefits.
“While the decision wasn't easy and certainly unpopular for some, the area's population lacks density to make it economically feasible to keep the camp open,” Harvey said.
Harvey said proceeds from the sell will go toward improving Boy Scout programs.
The remaining property was sold as follows:
Parcel No. 4 - 55.6 acres, $825 per acre.
Parcel No. 5 - 49.72 acres, $900 per acre.
Parcel No. 6 - 13.89 acres at $6,900 per acre. The tract of land had more than 1,200 feet of lake frontage and elevated views of Grand Lake.