Save Nantucket's Camp Richard!
  • Petitioning Jason Barlow

This petition will be delivered to:

Northeast Region President, Boy Scouts of America
Jason Barlow
Northeast Region Director, Boy Scouts of America
Dave Borchard
National Director of Communications, Boy Scouts of America
David Burke
Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America
Wayne Brock
Scout Executive, Cape & Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America
Mike Riley
Northeast Regional Commissioner, Boy Scouts of America
Scott Christensen
Northeast Regional Commissioner
Peter Casey
Senior District Executive, Cape & Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America
Amy Zahn
President, Atlantic Development
DJ MacKinnon
Executive Council, Cape and Islands Council, BSA
Thomas Perrino
President, Cape & Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America
Bob MacGregor
State Representative from Falmouth and Eagle Scout
Rep. David Vieira
Director of Finance, Cape and Islands Council of BSA
Robert Chamberlain
Massachusetts State House

Save Nantucket's Camp Richard!

    1. Greg Hinson
    2. Petition by

      Greg Hinson

      Nantucket, MA

The Cape & Islands Council has decided to sell 30 acres belonging to Nantucket's Camp Richard to a developer, in order to fund off-island Boy Scouts activities. This is land was donated to island scouts over 30 years ago by the Nantucket Civic League with the intention that it may be preserved for typical Boy Scout objectives: To build character, to foster participating citizenship, and to develop physical, mental and emotional fitness. It was not donated to fund the salaries and activities of the Cape Cod based scouting organization.

Recent signatures


    1. A long overdue update

      Greg Hinson
      Petition Organizer

      From the Save Camp Richard Facebook Page:

      "We hear there is a little news on the Cape Cod Council's attempted land grab...

      1) The Nantucket Civic League (original donor of the Camp to Nantucket's Scouts) has petitioned the court to be added to the case. Way to go Civic League, standing with our Scouts for all that is right.

      And, 2) that estimates are it could be almost TWO YEARS before the case gets a court date.

      The downside is that the Cape Cod Council continues to insist on selling the land to a specific developer, instead of being happy with extorting the same money from the island. The upside is, that's 2 more years of star-filled nights of camping until their plan can come to fruition.

      Including TONIGHT! First camp out of the year for Nantucket's scouts."

    2. Reached 2,500 signatures
    3. Legal Defense Fund

      Greg Hinson
      Petition Organizer

      Nantucket Land Council is accepting donations to be used for the defense of our scout leaders. The Cape & Islands Council sued them personally and individually and they will need our help, as well as the Nantucket District of Boy Scouts. Donate here:

      Nantucket Land Council

      The Nantucket Land Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to protecting Nantucket's natural world and rural character by holding and enforcing conservation restrictions, commissioning scientific research, monitoring development proposals, engaging in legal proceedings to protect natural resources, and educating the public on local environmental issues.

    4. Facebook Page

      Greg Hinson
      Petition Organizer

      New facebook page supporting the camp:

      Save Camp Richard

      Place to compile info & updates re: Camp Richard Nantucket. Share share share! If you have any new...

    5. Insight from Bob Barsanti

      Greg Hinson
      Petition Organizer
      Lickspittle Boy Scout Leaders?

      Home > The Guest Room > Bob Barsanti > Lickspittle Boy Scout Leaders?

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. Story in today's Cape Cod Times

      Greg Hinson
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    8. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Emilie Miller ESSEX, CT
      • 26 days ago

      Very wrong to profit from the sale of land donated for children. At least leave it to the Conservancy.

    • Maura McGloin BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      This is an amazing program that has nurtured so many kids. We don't need another development.

    • theresa hadley MATTAPOISETT, MA
      • about 1 month ago

      This land was donated with the specific intention of keeping the camp there, and should be honored. Any other use is improper and the Boy Scouts should not make this change!!

    • wayne christiansen CROPSEYVILLE, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      As a volunteer i hate to see property sold to fill coffers that pay salaries to paid professionals. That property and countless others was given with the intent it be enjoyed by scouts. Let them find other ways to pay themselves and not take the easy way out by selling off property.

    • James Wicks COVENTRY, CT
      • 2 months ago

      I have been going to Camp Richard for over 40 years as both a youth member and as an adult leader and have developed a love for the Island of Nantucket and built some wonderful relationships with the dedicated scouters that have always run the camp. I will continue to bring my boy scout troop to Camp Richard every year as long as I am physically able. As a 50 year member of the BSA it saddens and disappoints me to see how the Council has handled this situation especially with regard to the wonderful volunteer leaders who run the Camp. It makes me realize that money and not serving youth is what drives the Council and it makes me embarrassed to be a member of the organization. I would very much like to see the Council take a deep breath and decide to do the right thing.


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