KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (WTNH) — Deer Lake, a beloved summer camp in Killingworth, has officially been saved.

On Thursday, the Boy Scouts’ Connecticut Yankee Council finalized a deal with a non-profit called Pathfinders for them to buy the land for nearly $5 million.

Pathfinders will continue to operate the Deer Lake Camp and Wilderness School, which has been home to cherished memories for many over the last 30 years.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a statement on the sale, saying in part:

“Deer Lake is a pristine and precious area that is of incalculable value for fishing, camping, hiking and just appreciation of the outdoors. I am absolutely thrilled that Pathfinders Inc. was able to secure the purchase of the property and preserve it so that generations to come can enjoy its natural beauty. Protecting open space is critically important for our environment – once it is lost there’s no way to get it back,”

Attorney General William Tong also issued a statement, saying in part:

“Over the past few months, I have heard from former campers, community leaders and advocates who all shared a strong desire to preserve Deer Lake. I thank the Boy Scouts and Pathfinders for taking the time to reach this positive resolution.”

Pathfinders said will work with the town of Killingworth to ensure the land is protected going forward.