Beechwood State park as it is now called, started out as a Girl Scout camp. The Girl Scouts organization, which was founded in Rochester in 1918, acquired the 180 acres of land that became Camp Beechwood in the summer of 1929.
Girls camped in tents during the summer months and inside a central lodge when it was colder.
The camp had an infirmary and dining hall, a trading post and an administrative center as well as Adirondack “lean to’s.”
Later more buildings and lean-to's were added as was a full size swimming pool, camp store and even a stage for live performances.
The camp's popularity quickly grew, and soon the Boy Scouts as well as many other community groups started enjoying the scenic wonder of the camp. For almost 7 decades the property hosted thousands of camping enthusiasts.
Financial hardships were the reason the Girl Scouts could no longer operate the camp, and in 1997 it was sold to the State Parks Department. In an agreement with the Town of Sodus, a lease was signed giving the Town the responsibility of caring for and operating the facility, we are optimistic about the future!
Beechwood is in a transformation stage. With over 100 new acres added, a third access road and bike trails as well as more hiking are in the works, we will be seeing this gem reach its full potential very soon