The Boy Scouts of America’s Quivira Council on Tuesday voted to sell 160 acres of its sprawling Quivira Scout Ranch, despite opposition voiced last month by some troop leaders and Scouts.
The council’s executive board approved the sale in a 29-8 vote, Boy Scouts executive Mike Johnson said by phone Tuesday. The land, a small portion of the ranch’s nearly 3,000 acres near Sedan, will be sold to neighboring rancher John Hale for $240,000. The parcel juts into Hale’s ranch.
Johnson, who leads the council, said not all of the board’s 52 members attended Tuesday’s meeting, held at Wichita Country Club, 8501 E. 13th St.
Proceeds from the sale will pay for optional improvements to the camp. A final sale date has not yet been determined, he said.
The proposed sale drew opposition this summer from some, who worry the deal will leave the Quivira Council open to selling more land as a quick way to fund capital improvements. Others have said the council has a duty to preserve and protect the ranch, purchased in the 1960s with contributions from Scouts and donors.
Hale asked to buy the Scouts-owned land in February, citing safety concerns over the council’s practice of leasing the 160-acre parcel to hunters during deer season.
Under a deed restriction, the council will retain access to the land, which is rarely used other than for summer hikes by the Scouts. A second restriction prohibits Hale from developing the land for commercial use, Johnson told The Eagle last month.
The $1,500-per-acre price includes mineral rights.
The Quivira Council serves 13,000 youth in 30 central and south-central Kansas counties, including Sedgwick County, according to its website.