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Save Camp Golden Pond

$27,640 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 8 months
Created June 23, 2018
In 1988 Hemlock Girl Scout Council dedicated Lake Louise at Camp Golden Pond  “with the hope that Lake Louise at Camp Golden Pond will be a source of fun and fond memories for Girl Scouts for many generations.” Thirty years later we find ourselves facing the possibility that dream might die.

On November 2, 2017, the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA voted to include Camp Golden Pond as one of  properties it will “retire” as a Council-owned property. As a result, Friends of Golden Pond seeks to acquire the camp in order to continue the property’s purpose as an outdoor enrichment center. Camp Golden Pond was built by Girl Scouts, for Girl Scouts. We hope that the property can spend another 30 years serving our girls.

For more information visit  www.friendsofgoldenpond.org

Camp Golden Pond is more than a piece of land. It is more than cabins and beds were we can sleep. It is more than hiking trails and a lake and an archery range. It is where we have spent the past thirty years growing up. It is the place where we put our kindergarten daughters in their first canoe and teach them that the bugs and critters are nothing to be afraid of. And then, almost a decade later, we watch those tiny, tiny girls leading camp.

Camp is where our leaders can go to form lifelong bonds of friendships with women they had never met before.

Camp is where we learn how to make do with what we have. It is where we learn that its ok to make mistakes and sometimes things don't quite work the way we wanted. And we learn how to overcome these challenges.

Camp is where our girls find the sisters they never knew they had.

Our girls have always assumed they would be attending camp at Camp Golden Pond their entire lives. Our Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors have always assumed that one day, when they are old enough, they will be the big girls taking the new Daisies on their first Fairy Hike around the lake.

Our older girls have always known that one day they would have their "last" camporee. But that last camporee was supposed to be the camporee before they went off to college and became adults.

The closing of Camp Golden Pond has broken the hearts and crushed the dreams of countless girls.

Together, we can revive all those hopes and dreams.

If we do nothing, the camp will die. The woods will reclaim the trails and the buildings and silence will settle on the lake. But if we work together, we can ensure that the laughter of Girl Scouts continues to fill the woods of Camp Golden Pond.

Your donation will allow us to acquire the property, make needed repairs, and help get our girls back at Camp Golden Pond. But time is not on our side. With every day, our girls are growing up and the property is slipping further into decay. We need your help and we need your help today.
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Camp Golden Pond is this beautiful place where your victories are celebrated forever and your mistakes there are memorialized, but in a different way. They’re remembered as moments of learning and inside jokes. Like the time I dropped my bandanna in the lake. We couldn’t get it out forever, until a counselor helped us to figure out that we could use the other end of the paddle. Once we saved the bandanna, we couldn’t stop laughing.

I’ve had countless valuable and memorable experiences here and Wald and the mushroom cabin… That’s where I met my best friend Danae. On the lake, that’s where I paddled a canoe for the first time. I’ve learned how to step up and be a leader because of this camp. So when I say Camp Golden Pond isn’t just a camp – it’s a home to me, don’t take this off as just another cliche. I genuinely mean it.

All kids deserve a chance to feel the way I do about this camp. If you can help by donating so we can continue to have these memories and these experiences, it would mean a lot to me – to all of us. It’s important to me to save Camp Golden Pond, not just for me, but for all of the youth to come.

I hope one day, I can come back as an adult and teach a child to use the other end of the paddle.

-Pix
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This morning Scouts, BSA Troop 375 came out to Camp Golden Pond to help us stack firewood and clear snow off the steps and porches in preparation for our reception on Feb 24th.

These amazing young men and women are excited that we are on our way back to camp. With your help, we will be hosting troops at Golden Pond very soon.
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On Feb 24th, we will be back at camp for a reception in Legacy Lodge. We hope that you will join us for camp tours and to learn about our plans and progress as we continue to work towards re-opening.

For more details or to RSVP please visit https://www.friendsofgoldenpond.org/events/reception-in-legacy-lodge/
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For the past 30 years, Camp Golden Pond has been a Girl Scout Camp. However, this year our camp welcomed the New Year as a privately owned property. On December 14, 2018, John Sabella purchased Camp Golden Pond from GSHPA for $885,000 and opened a world of possibilities.

On January 5, 2019, the board of directors of Friends of Golden Pond met with Mr. Sabella to discuss a preliminary plan to purchase the property. Mr. Sabella was very sympathetic towards our mission and informed us that he would be interested in our completing a purchase of the property from him as quickly as possible.

While we work to finalize negotiations, we have been granted limited access to the property for our meetings and fundraisers. We hope to see all our supporters join us for a reception in Legacy Lodge on February 24. We will be giving tours of the property starting at 2:00 PM with a reception in the lodge at 3:00 PM. We will share with you our plans and progress as well as be able to answer any questions you may have about our camp’s future.

We cannot stress how important it is that you show your support for our efforts in anyway you can. Our camp will only be saved through the generous donations of individuals like you. While we have made great progress toward re-opening our camp, we aren’t there yet. Mr. Sabella has opened a door for us, but it is up to us to walk through it. We must decide that our camp is worth saving. You must decide that our camp is worth saving.
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