Scouts Canada ends lease of Northumberland County Forest property

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CORRECTION: A version of this article published on Feb. 22 incorrectly identified Scouts Canada as Boy Scouts Canada. This information was corrected on Feb. 24.

Scouts Canada has ended its lease with Northumberland County for property in the County Forest.

The Provincial Council for Ontario; Scouts Canada has leased property in the Northumberland County Forest for about 31 years.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Scout facilities in the forest have been closed since March 2020. Citing that reason, along with uncertainty regarding their intended future use of the property, Scouts Canada determined it will not renew its short-term lease, Northumberland County said.

County staff received correspondence from Scouts Canada – National Service Centre in December 2020, indicating the organization had re-considered the ongoing operational expenses and maintenance requirements for the property. Scouts Canada determined it did not make sense to continue to invest in the property and that doing so was not financially viable, the county staff report stated.

County staff will make recommendations to Northumberland’s corporate support committee and county council regarding future use of the property when the Forest Master Plan is brought forward for consideration and adoption later this year.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News