BALTIMORE - The Boy Scouts are trying to officially add 19 acres in northern Harford County to one of their campgrounds, but have to go about it in a really old-fashioned way.
The Baltimore Sun reports that no owner is listed on the property at the Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation, which is a 1,700-acre campground that the Boy Scouts have operated for more than 60 years ( http://bsun.md/xHPHYD). Because no one owns the property, the Boy Scouts are working through the process from the Colonial Era of securing a land patent.
After the Revolutionary War, residents bought property by securing a land patent from the state but that all but stopped once property was surveyed and sold.
The last time a private entity successfully applied for a land patent was in 2002.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com
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