As we work with Mr. Sabella to forge a path for our girls to get back to camp, we have to ask ourselves, “what is our camp?” and “why is it ours?.” Camp Golden Pond belonged to Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA because Hemlock Girl Scout Council built it. For Camp Golden Pond to come back to us, we must earn it. No one is going to give us a whole camp. We must, instead, buy our camp back one dollar at a time. $5 here, $20 there, $100 over there, and before you know it, our camp will be ours again.
While our final capital goal is much more, $50,000 will pay a lease on the property for a full year. Just $50,000 and we are already over half way to that milestone!
This lease will give us unrestricted access so that we can ensure that nature does not reclaim the property. It will let us open the camp to rentals. It will let us plan and execute outdoor programs on the property. But most importantly, it will also prevent the camp from being sold piecemeal while we raise capital for our final purchase.
A lease will do all that and it will do it today. A purchase requires a surveyor, a bank loan, an appraisal, and more. That is time that our camp does not have. It is time that our girls do not have.
We cannot tell you enough – now is the time that we need you. Now is the time that we must fund our camp. If we want to keep our camp whole, we need you. Mr. Sabella is not going to wait for “one day” or “perhaps” or “maybe”. He wants us to tell him “yes, we want our camp and we want it today.” He has lost track of the number of people who have called him to ask about carving off 5 acres here or 10 acres there. If we cannot move forward, our camp will be carved into pieces and lost forever.
Schreyer. Palmer. Walker. Wald. These are the names that are inscribed throughout our camp. These are the names that gave our camp its first thirty wonderful years. Now, we need new names to give our camp new life. Hemlock Council gifted us with an incredible Legacy. We must honor it. We cannot let Louise Walker’s dream die.
Joan, Ann, Sharon and I are counting on you. We have taken that leap of faith. Nancy L. Habig, Maxine Brunner, and others are all taking that leap of faith with us. Now we need you to catch us.
No amount is too small. Tomorrow will be too late.