Wisconsin scout camps for sale

Two summer camp properties in Wisconsin that closed at the end of the summer are currently on the market and, if a grassroots efforts to save one of the camps is successful, one will continue to be a camp.

Camp Lyle (Robert S. Lyle Scout Reservation) and Camp LeFeber, (LeFeber Northwoods Camps) were both put up for sale after the Three Harbors Boy Scout Council of Milwaukee decided to close the camps at the end of the summer and focus on two Cub Scout camps it owns elsewhere.

Reasons cited for the closure are familiar ones: declining numbers of Scouts visiting the camps, parents not wanting their boys to travel so far from home and the rustic nature of the camp facilities, according to a July article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The 600-plus acre Camp Lyle is listed with Caldwell Banker for an asking price of $1,850,000. The 1,120-acre Camp LeFeber is listed with an asking price of $2,950,000.

Baden-Powell Northwoods Experience, the nonprofit that formed to try and save Camp LeFeber, has raised enough money to make a sizable offer on the property, but as of the last update on the group’s website November 8 was awaiting word on whether financing for another offer that was accepted could be obtained.


Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.


  1. Matt,

    Thank You so much for sharing our groups attempt to save our summer camp!

    Jaron Tauschmann
    Baden-Powell Northwoods Experience

  2. LeFeber Northwoods is back open this summer after being sold to a logger. He has agreed to sell us the property and we are leasing the camp from him this summer while we work to raise the money to purchase the camp. The owner is actively helping us run camp and providing us with equipment such as a camp truck clay pigeon launcher and camp maintenance. We need to raise 3 million by December. http://www.BPNorthwoods.org


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