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Two Weeks!

We are two weeks away from our Recycled Regatta and all our boat crews have been hard at work. We can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with. Will “The Furious Loch Ness Monsters” paddle their way to victory? Will the “The 40399 Castaways” need to be rescued? If you think you can build a better boat, there is still time to register.

There is still time for you to purchase a Regatta T-Shirt. Your t-shirt purchase supports the camp financially and is an easy way to tell our sponsors thank you! The last day to order a t-shirt is Thursday August 8th.

Please be sure to let all our sponsors know how much you appreciate their support of our camp:

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Camp This Week

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.

This coming week will be another exciting week at the camp complete with a pair of fun workshops scheduled for this Saturday. We hope you will join us to learn about bats and plants.

Camp Updates

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.

Day Camp

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!

Weekend Workshops

On Saturday morning, Ann Dunlavy of Lincoln Caverns will host a bat workshop at the camp. This fun and educational event is $4 if registered before July 30 and $6 for late registrations.

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.

Don’t forget to reserve your cabin and order your t-shirt!

Watch our secretary Joan Geleskie test out a home made “boat”.
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Regatta Updates

We hope that everyone’s boat building efforts are going well! This past weekend our board of directors tested out our boat with disastrous results.

We did, happily, discover that our plastic barrels float really really well. Recent water tests also show that our lake water is perfectly safe with no areas of concern. If you have a photo of your boat building efforts you would like to share, we would love to see it!

If you have not yet registered for the regatta, our early registration rates end on Aug 1st so be sure to put your paperwork in! You can register online or by mailing in a paper form.

All t-shirts must also be pre-ordered. Our t-shirts are made with airlume combed and ring spun cotton so you will be super comfy while you support a great cause.

If you are interested in sponsoring the regatta, there is still time to get on the shirt. We must have all art and forms before August 1st in order to get the order to the printer.

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of our mission:

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End of Summer

Summer is growing to a close and by the end of August we will have had over 500 campers visit the camp. We have confirmed reservations for 1200 campers through the end of the year.

The question I must ask you is will we be back here in 2020? Will the summer of 2020 see even more campers enjoying our seven acre lake? Next summer, how many kids will get to take a canoe out on the lake for the first time? Shoot a bow for the first time?

Summer is drawing to a close and as it does we need to build a down payment. This year we did the impossible – we reopened Camp Golden Pond. Now we must do another impossible task – purchase the camp. Our landlord is not interested in leasing to us long term. Our landlord wants us to purchase the camp as soon as possible. If we are to be open next summer, we need your help.

To everyone who has already added their name to our list of benefactors, thank you. To our friends who have not yet made that leap, there is never a good time. You will always have a reason to say “tomorrow”. “Next month”. “Next year”. We need your help today.

If we had just $50 for every single camper we expect to see by the end of the year, we would have our down payment and be well on our way to ownership. If you or someone you know has been able to enjoy a weekend at Camp Golden Pond this summer, please help us stay open.

Make a pledge, Become a Friend, join us for our Regatta BBQ, or build a boat. Show support for our generous regatta sponsors by ordering a 2019 Regatta T-Shirt.

If we are to be open next summer, we need your help and we need your help today.

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Regatta Approaching

I know that August seems like an eternity away right now, but if you (or someone you know) are thinking of racing, you should register now for the biggest savings. You can register online or by mailing in a paper form.

Crew SizeBefore July 1Before Aug 1After Aug 1
Up to 4$75$85$100

Other ways you can participate in our regatta are

In the meantime, we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our growing list of Regatta sponsors:

Be sure to let these generous businesses know that you appreciate their support of our camp! Individuals or businesses looking to join our sponsor list should review our 2019 sponsorship package. If you would prefer instead to make a private personal donation, you may do so here.

Thank you for your help in funding our camp and building a down payment so that we can purchase the property. Our camp is currently funded into October, but just paying the bills will not purchase the camp. In order to secure the camp’s long term future, we need your help to make our down payment. The bank wants us to be able to put $120,000 down and offer guarantees on the loan.

Since opening in March we have had approximately 200 individuals visit the camp for rentals with over 800 more campers scheduled through November. We have additionally been able to provide youth programming for 42 youth from Centre and Clinton counties with more programs in the works including a Black Bears event scheduled for September.

For a number of our rental groups, Camp Golden Pond was the first time they had ever been in a truly outdoor environment or even seen the night sky unpolluted by city lights. Palmer and Legacy Lodges provide the type of facilities that these first time campers need to succeed and grow their appreciation for the outdoors. A stay at Camp Golden Pond also often includes the first time these groups go canoeing simply because they have never considered it as a viable activity. Our ability to provide not only the craft and safety equipment but also certified facilitators makes a few hours on the lake possible.

It is our ability to reach and support the non-traditionally outdoors groups that makes Camp Golden Pond unique and special. The only way that our society can protect all our dwindling outdoor spaces is to teach everyone to love and appreciate them. Camp Golden Pond lets us bring people who would not normally seek out a camping experience into an environment where they can appreciate the serenity of being surrounded by 200 acres of forest, listen to the bull frogs, and watch the osprey diving at the lake.

But none of this is possible without your help and support. Make a pledge today.

If you would like brochures to distribute, please contact us.

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Birds, Bees, and More

For the second weekend in a row, our flag soared over Camp Golden Pond, courtesy of Girl Scout Troop 40088 from Lock Haven.

Next weekend is looking to be another full weekend at camp. Four different groups have reserved parts of the camp for various events and Rebecca Reck of Bluebird Designs by Bex will be coming to camp for a paint party on Saturday, June 15th from 10AM to noon. After the paint workshop concludes, feel free to enjoy a hike around the lake, a picnic lunch, or just explore the camp. If you are thinking about attending, please register now. We do not guarantee that registration will remain open after June 10th.

This past weekend’s adventures included blue bird box building with Game Warden Amy Nabozny on June 8th. Then on Sunday, June 9th, local bee keeper Dee Bagshaw, Co-President of the Centre County Beekeepers Association, came to camp to teach us about the amazing bees. Our next animal adventure plans include bats and bears. Once we have finalized the details of those programs we will let you know!

Later in June, Joan Geleskie will be running a Wilderness First Aid certification course out of Wald.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to purchase our camp. Your contributions make all these programs possible. If you have a program you would like to see run at Camp Golden Pond, please contact us.

Organizations looking to support these programs and more should check out our Recycled Regatta.

Individuals (or groups) who are interested in joining our camp maintenance committee should contact us. We have a long list of both short term and long term projects that need completed around the camp, but we also need volunteers to help with day-to-day operations by preparing the camp before rentals and programs and helping to cleanup afterwards.

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Inaugural Regatta

On August 24th, 2019 we will host our inaugural Recycled Regatta on Lake Louise at Camp Golden Pond. For this event, crews of up to 4 will build a boat out of recycled materials, and then race their watercraft (with them in it). We will award prizes to the overall champion, most creative use of recycled materials, best decorated boat/costumes, and sinking with style.

We hope that you will be able to join us, either on a race crew, or as a spectator to cheer our crews on. After the race, we will celebrate our successes and failures with a BBQ.

In addition to race crews, we are also seeking businesses or individuals to sponsor our race by making either prize or monetary contributions. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a sponsor, please let us know!

We would like to extend a special thanks to our first two 2019 Regatta Sponsors:

To participate in our regatta you can

Thank you in advance for your continued support as we work towards funding and purchasing our camp! Since opening in March we have hosted four different rental groups representing 58 individuals. We have additional bookings through November for another 16 groups representing approximately 950 campers. All told, we are expecting over 1000 campers to pass through our camp before the end of the year. Groups utilizing our camp include scout groups (Girl Scout, Scouts BSA, and Cub Scouts), church groups, theater groups, and even a small independent film.

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Event Updates

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our open house! We were able to show our off camp (and all it’s freshly mowed grass!!!) to a number of groups and individuals who had never even heard of our camp. In addition to being ale to see the facility, our visitors enjoyed beautiful weather, s’mores, archery, canoeing, and fishing.

In addition to our upcoming bee workshop, we are pleased to announce that game warden and neighbor Amy Nabozny will be coming to camp for a blue bird box building workshop. We hope to see a number of scout groups and other youth at camp for these educational opportunities.

We are also pleased to announce that we will be holding our inaugural Recycled Regatta on Lake Louise on Aug 24th. Teams will build a boat out of recycled products and race them across the lake. We are in need of volunteers and sponsors to help us make this fund raiser a success. Please contact us if you can help!

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Thank You

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters! As of today, we have confirmed reservations for 11 groups to use the camp between now and November, representing over 800 campers. A year ago, we assured you that our camp was beloved far and wide. Now, we are on track to exceed the usage numbers reported by GSHPA and our weekends are filling up fast.

We will be hosting an open house this Saturday, May 11th from 1 – 4PM. Grab a friend and come out to enjoy a relaxing day at camp with us. We would also love to see our amazing volunteers at camp in the morning to help us get ready for the open house.

We are also happy to announce two additional events coming up in June:

First, local bee keeper, Dee Bagshaw, Co-President of the Centre County Beekeepers Association, will be coming to Camp Golden Pond on June 9th to teach us about the amazing honey bee. This will be a fun and educational event perfect for any age seeking to learn more about what pollinators do for us and how we can help them.

Second, Rebecca Reck of Bluebird Designs by Bex will be coming to Camp Golden Pond on June 15th to lead a paint party. Thank you to Julie Clippinger for setting this event up!

We also would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our lawn mower fund. A commercial grade lawn mower may be expensive, but it is vital to keeping our camp maintained. So far we have raised almost $5,500 for this capital purchase. Every single dollar helps keep us on track to being able to own our camp. If you have not yet contributed to this critical need, you can do so easily and securely via the PayPal Giving Fund.

We hope to see you at camp soon!

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A Community Camp

On Saturday, April 5th, we were joined by the Penn State Quidditch Team, neighbors, and other volunteers to start getting the camp ready for summer. We cleaned out all the cabins in the outer units and checked them for damage. We also removed several dead trees, cleared the Red Trail, fixed broken doors, and started work on cleaning out the Craft House so that groups can use it this summer.

We will be showing off all our hard work at an open house on May 11th and hope to see all our Friends, neighbors, and community members there.

We will need to return to the camp in the coming weeks to fix a number of broken screens on the cabins and would love your help with this task. We may additionally need help removing the graffiti in Wald 2 before youth groups start using that cabin. As a result of our inspections, we found a number of light bulbs, smoke detectors, brooms, and mattresses that need replacing. We also identified a number of areas that need erosion control and other environmental work done. We would love to see some creative or artistic usage of our downed trees. Individuals looking to help us with any of these things can contact us for specifics. You can also check out a more comprehensive list of short and long term needs here.

While we are happy to announce that we are currently funded into September, we still need a great deal of community support to secure our camp. Our community built this camp in the 1980’s. Again, in the late 1990’s our community once again came together to invest $2.8 million into the camp. Today, that investment would be the equivalent of over $4 million. Today, we need but a fraction of that amount to secure the camp for our future.

Camp Golden Pond represents thirty years and millions of dollars of community money. The camp was not built using corporate profits or investor dollars, but through the love and dedication of our community. Friends of Golden Pond is committed to honoring that legacy, but we need your help once again. This camp is your camp. You paid for it. You built it. It is open for your use.

Right now, if we want to secure this property for you, we need operating cash. We also need generous individuals to help us convert our lease to a purchase so that every dollar we raise can stay in this community. We have been in talks with a bank that would be willing to finance us, if we were able to make our down payment and find someone who is willing to guarantee the loan. If you or someone you know can help us with this, we would love to talk to you.