Friends of Treasure Island
In September of 2008, the Cradle of Liberty Council announced that it had ratified a recommendation from the council’s camping committee to cease operation of Treasure Island Scout Reservation as of October 1st, 2008. Treasure Island (or TI as it is commonly referred to) is the oldest continually operated Boy Scout camp in the United States, serving the youth of the Philadelphia area since 1913. It is also the birthplace of the Order of the Arrow, the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Shortly after the announced closing a small group of five Scouters came together and unofficially formed the Friends of Treasure Island (FoTI).
FOTI is dedicated to the following:
Vision: Saving the magic of the Treasure Island Scout Reservation for untold thousands of Scouts in the future.
Mission: Preserve the Treasure Island Scout Reservation as a premier Boy Scouts of America camping venue by offering options, resources and innovative approaches via a new organization that serves as the catalyst to bring people, ideas and capital to bear to save the Treasure Island Scout Reservation.
Since then, FoTI has taken an active role to seek solutions for the preservation of TI and for it to remain an active Boy Scout camp. We have also been the focal point for information to our members and followers on the progress we have made. The following a is a summary of the actions and activities of FoTI:
- Presented Options Matrix to COL leadership 4th Qtr 2009.
- Met and conferred with COL Council’s representatives on many occasions, acting in a pro-bono capacity as the COL Council’s advisor, trying to identify partners, funding sources, and options for the future of TI.
- Procured funding for due diligence from Tinicum Conservancy to inform value and best buyer.
- Via Tinicum Conservancy, identified program funding that may augment the appraised value of EI with greater realization back to BSA.
- Assisted in tours of the islands with appraisers, state and local funding sources, and buyers.
- Initiated discussions with PA agency acquisitions department with interest in Eagle Island via former BSA Camp Staff member.
- In 2009, became 501c3 Charitable Organization in prep for fund raising. Initiated funding for legal and insurance costs only at this point.
- Developed additional resources, networks and supportive individuals who stand ready, willing and able to assist FOTI achieve its mission & vision.
- Initiated communications program via Facebook and SaveTI.org site. with over 1100 members.
- Met with new Scout Executive, Tom Harrington in March 2010 to discuss future options per the options matrix consistent with FoTI Mission.