On November 2, 2017, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) informed volunteers that it will divest itself of Camp Golden Pond. On April 6th, 2018, a group of Girl Scout volunteers met to incorporate “Friends of Golden Pond” as non profit legal entity with the goal of acquiring Camp Golden Pond. Camp Golden Pond officially closed its doors as a Girl Scout camp on July 28, 2018.
As of March 1st, 2019 Camp Golden Pond is now operated by Friends of Golden Pond, a volunteer run, public charity. Friends of Golden Pond has been granted federal tax-exempt status under IRS section 501c3.
Our mission is to promote leadership and youth development through safe, affordable camp experiences that will allow both youth and adults to develop courage, confidence, and an appreciation for the outdoors.
We believe that the camp experience is critical to our youth’s development and that Camp Golden Pond serves a crucial role in bringing those experiences to our area youth. Camp Golden Pond was built as a community resource and should remain a resource open to our community.
Board of Directors
Megan, a former Venturing Scout, has been a Girl Scout troop leader since 2015. Since joining Girl Scouts she has been actively involved in Service Unit 416 (State College) as their communications director and serving on their camp committee. Outside of Girl Scouts, Megan works as a software engineer and holds a masters degree in information sciences and technology.
Patricia Ann Dunlavy
Ann is the president and general manger of Lincoln Caverns where she focuses on education and outreach with youth groups and school students. A life-long Girl Scout, Ann served as a board member for Hemlock Girl Scout Council and still servers a troop leader for Troop 40114.
Joan has been involved in outdoor programming almost all her life. She was a Girl Scout as a youth and all five of her daughters were Girl Scouts. Both of her sons are Eagle Scouts. She teaches Canoeing, Kayaking, Lifeguarding and Wilderness First Aid.
Sharon has been active in Girl Scouts for over 35 years, serving as a trainer, an outdoor facilitator, a day camp director, a resident camp director, a certified canoe instructor, a service unit director, and always as a troop leader.
Tim served as the ranger for Camp Golden Pond under GSHPA for 10 years. Now, he volunteers as the Vice President of Maintenance for the camp.