T he Town of Hebron has hired a consulting group to help identify potential uses for Camp Hebron, should the town decide to buy a portion of the camp.

GWC, Inc., a locally based parks and outdoor recreation planning consultant, will study the feasibility of the town purchasing and operating the camp.

The camp, owned by the Presbytery of Albany, has been closed for several years and is listed for sale.

The town has been approached about the possibility of purchasing about 70 acres of the 427-acre farm, including a large in-ground pool, bathhouse and a half dozen buildings. The remaining acres are leased to Mapleland Farms as part of its sugaring operation and Mapleland is reportedly exploring the possibility of purchasing that land.

The town has been leasing and operating the camp’s pool during the summer months for youth lessons for nearly 40 years.

“The Albany Presbytery has met with (the town) and would like to see the camp remain as a youth learning center of some kind and would therefore be willing to work with us to make that happen,” said Supervisor Brian Campbell.

Campbell said last month the town has had informal conversations with the YMCA, Washington County’s Economic Development coordinator and the county’s planning board and youth bureau about potential uses.

Mary Jeanne Packer, president of GWC, Inc., and an Argyle resident who lives near the camp, is expected to help facilitate more conversations with those groups and others.

“We are looking to work with these groups to develop conceptual operation and maintenance plans and related budgets,” she said.

A number of local school districts may be included in those conversations. Hebron is part of five school districts: Granville, Salem, Argyle, Hartford and Greenwich.

But identifying potential uses of the facility is but one factor; cost and the will of the public are others.

Campbell has said the town doesn’t have a lot of money to purchase the property. And even if the town and the Presbytery of Albany reached a price agreement, he said any potential purchase would be contingent on the support of the town board and the local residency.

“Even if we got a price up our alley, I’m not sure what the community wants or what the town board wants,” Campbell said last month.

The acreage the town is studying, which also includes the lodge, retreat center, two bunkhouses, the director’s house and a maintenance barn, was listed online for $580,000.

GWC, Inc., is expected to present a recommended course of action to the town later this year.

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