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Girl Scouts sell Camp Zoar Valley

The Girl Scouts of Western New York are selling a 71-year old gem -- Camp Zoar Valley in Cattaraugus County.

The 175-acre camp, known for its natural beauty and scenic waterfalls, was reportedly sold for $200,000 to Joseph Leggett of Kenmore.

"He's going to keep it for recreation," said Girl Scout CEO Cindy Odom.

Odom described the sale as a "forward-looking, strategic step" and said millions of dollars in needed repairs and improvements made it difficult for the organization to continue operating the camp.

A recommendation to sell the facility, located on North Otto Road in Cattaraugus, was made by a committee of volunteers formed by the Girl Scouts earlier this year.

The committee consisted of Girl Scout officials, community and business leaders and professionals from property management, legal and financial organizations.

The facility, which has been out of use since 2008, includes a dining hall, swimming pool, riding and hiking trails and several cabins.

"The history of Camp Zoar Valley is significant and rich," Odom said in a statement. "The countless contributions made by dedicated volunteers have enabled generations of girls to enjoy its grounds, learning real life and leadership skills."

The Girl Scouts began accepting bids for the property in August and announced the deal with Leggett on Monday.

The organization plans a commemorative ceremony this summer.

e-mail: pfairbanks@buffnews.com

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