In 2009, the Camp Fire Conservation Fund approved a grant request from the Westchester-Putnam Boy Scout Council to build a covered outdoor facility for conservation education at the Durland Boy Scout Camp in Putnam Valley, New York.
The Durland Boy Scout Camp has close ties to Camp Fire Club. William Bradhurst Osgood Field, Jr. was a noteworthy environmentalist and National Geographic’s Director of Exploration. He was also a member of Camp Fire Club from 1937 to 1971.
In 1968, Mr. Field deeded his 1,400-acre home property, then called “Clear Pond” to the Boy Scouts for ten dollars. The New York State Office of Parks and Recreation was interested in buying the land, but Fields chose the Boy Scouts of America, believing they would be better caretakers of the land, keeping it forever wild.
The Camp Fire Conservation Fund contributed $65,000 over six years of planning and construction of this new building. The facility was officially dedicated in a ceremony on October 27, 2015.