We are happy to report that our camp has had someone in residence every weekend since Memorial Day and we have groups scheduled almost every weekend until November. Before Christmas we will have had over 32 groups representing 1200 people pass through the camp.
In addition to our upcoming events, we are also excited to announce that we have successfully negotiated a 25% reduction in our lease. The Friends of Golden Pond board is working hard to minimize our expenses and fill the camp, but we still need your help. We cannot purchase the camp without a down payment. Please make a pledge in support of our purchase.
We are also happy to announce that we now have a gorgeous, limited run, photo patch available.
This week Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA Service Unit 431 is hosting a space themed day camp for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts at the camp. As part of this camp, Raytheon will be stopping by to help the girls launch a weather balloon so that they can collect their very own photos from space. Not only will this camp be a memorable and fun four days for these girls, but it will open a world of possibilities for them by exposing them to ideas they may have never thought possible. Your support makes this event possible.
We are hoping to be able to work with the local scouting organizations to offer these kinds of camps on a regular basis as well as expand these programs to school in-service days. If you are interested in helping us with this goal, please contact us!
Then on Saturday afternoon, Greg Williams will join us to teach us about invasive plant species. Mr. Williams has done numerous plant and tree workshops for various organizations and will provide a wealth of information for our budding botanists and conservationists. This fun and educational event is $4 if registered before July 30 and $6 for late registrations.
Groups attending either workshop are welcome to enjoy a hike around the lake or a picnic. Several fire rings will be available in the front of the camp for picnicking groups to use on a first-come basis.
If your organization is interested in hosting these kinds of youth experiences at Camp Golden Pond, please contact us to find out how we can support you. We would be happy to open Legacy Lodge (or other camp facilities) for badge workshops or other youth focused programming.
Finally, I would like to share with you some exciting news about our upcoming regatta. Last week, I failed quite horrifically at taking our “boat” out for a spin. So this weekend Joan Geleskie showed me how it’s done. So far we have 7 teams officially registered and a handful more who are promising to send in paperwork. Our registration rates increase on August 1st, so if think you can build a better boat, be sure to get your registration in now.
For those of you who prefer to keep your feet dry, I hope you will come out to camp and watch what is sure to be a fun and exciting event followed by a delicious BBQ.