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
Dawn is a leader of a Girl Scout troop in the Penns Valley/Bellefonte area for over 15 years plus 6 years as a youth as a Girl Scout in Western Pennsylvania (Talus Rock Council). She is an archery facilitator, fall fundraiser service unit manager and camp director of the older girl camp sponsored by GSHPA. She is an active member of the Penns Valley Music Boosters and co-captain for her Relay for Life team, the M.A.D. Crew. Dawn is a graduate from Penn State University with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Recreational/Institutional Management. She has worked for over 23 years with Walmart Stores, Inc. and now serves as an hourly supervisor. She spends time at home with her husband of 21+ year and her 2 daughters (both girl scouts).
Tim served as the ranger for Camp Golden Pond under GSHPA for 10 years. Tim is in charge of maintenance for the camp.
Patricia Ann Dunlavy
Ann is the president and general manager 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 serves as troop leader for Troop 40114.
Paula is a Girl Scout volunteer and leads 4 troops in the Shade Gap area. She has served as a program aid for various camps at Camp Golden Pond.
With a degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and later a master’s from Shippensburg University, Sharon taught for 35 years. Growing up, as an intermediate girl scout, she earned the Curved Bar rank, an equivalent to the present-day Gold Award. As an adult she has been a troop leader at many levels for 36 years. During this time she was recognized by Hemlock Council as a master trainer. She has been a resident camp director; a day camp director; certified canoe instructor; both fall product and cookie sale liaison; service unit director, manager, and lead; and co-leads the volunteer led adult enrichment weekends. In addition, she has been very active at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Mount Union as well as in the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 107 for many years.
Stomping the grounds of Golden Pond as a camper, Melanie has been a Girl Scout for 36 years and a very active volunteer within GSHPA as Service Unit lead for a large portion of Schuylkill County. She currently serves as a member of the Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Board Committee as well as co-leads and plans the Volunteer Led Outdoor Adult Enrichment Weekends for GSHPA. She has spent 20+ years serving the hospitality industry managing hotels, restaurants, hospitality staffing agencies, event planning and sales by creating destination experiences. Currently, she spends time keeping busy with four children at home, a small home based bakery and does hospitality consulting.