Rental Policies and Camp Rules

Payments, Deposits, and Cancellation


A $50 deposit (or full rental fee if less than $50) is due immediately upon confirming your reservation. If we do not receive you deposit within 1 week (7 calendar days) we reserve the right to cancel your reservation and give your unit to another group.


We accept cash and checks payable to “Friends of Golden Pond” for rentals. A $45 processing fee may be charged for checks returned by the bank for non-sufficient funds (NSF checks).

Upon request, we can process deposits and rental balances less than $100 with a credit card.

Full payment for your rental is due no later than 4 weeks prior to your rental. Failure to submit full payment may result in the cancellation of your rental and/or a late charge of 1% of the full balance.


Cancellation notice must be submitted no later than 4 weeks prior to the event start. Events cancelled after this point forfeit their deposit and any paid rental fees. We do not take rain checks except for extreme weather – all sites have shelters available.

Should we cancel your event due to severe weather that would render your site unsafe or other events outside our control, we will either reschedule your event or offer a refund.

Check out

Our standard rental agreements state that you shall leave the camp in the condition in which you found it. This means that prior to check out you need to:

  • Wash all dishes, pots, pans, etc and put away where you found them
  • Clean bathrooms (toilets, sinks, counters, etc)
  • Sweep floors and porches
  • Legacy and Palmer: mop if needed
  • Serendipity: Close and secure all tent flaps
  • Unit II: Open all window shades
  • Stack all mattresses in the manner in which you found them:
    • Legacy: mattresses get stacked neatly in the lofts
    • Palmer and Serendipity: mattresses get stood on end in the bunks
    • Unit II and Wald: mattresses get stacked neatly on the tables (do NOT leave in bunks)

We are an all volunteer organization. Your assistance in keeping our camp clean helps keep our rental fees low.

What You Should Bring

Unless your rental agreement specifies otherwise, you can use the following guidance when packing for your trip:

You will find your unit stocked with the following items:

  • Toilet paper (large groups should bring extra)
  • Firewood
  • Mattresses for the indicated overnight occupancy
  • Outer units will have propane in their pavilion
  • Miscellaneous pots, pans, and kitchen tools. For a detailed list of what is in your unit or to request specific items, you may contact us. Chances are we have whatever you want, but we won’t make sure it is in your unit unless you ask.

Groups should bring the following items with them:

  • All bedding materials – sleeping bags, pillows, sheets, blankets.
  • Trash bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hand towels
  • Bath towels
  • Food, snacks, and ice
  • Dish/hand soap
  • Any kitchen supplies you consider critical. We guarantee at least one pot/pan and some kind of kitchen utensil unless you make a specific arrangement in advance.
  • Flash lights / lanterns
  • Matches

Do NOT bring the following items to camp:

  • Styrofoam
  • Fireworks or other explosives
  • Hazardous materials
  • Accelerants such as gasoline, kerosene, or lighter fluid.

We strongly encourage groups to be zero waste.

Camp Rules


Catch and release fishing is permitted at Camp Golden Pond. Groups wanting to keep fish require advance permission and should add this as a special request when making their reservations.

Groups should have a competent facilitator to provide proper instruction to their members.

Youth groups looking for fishing facilitators can contact either Trout Unlimited or the PA Fish and Boat Commission. The State College YMCA will also let groups borrow fishing equipment.


Do not harass the wildlife.

This includes the salamanders, deer, osprey, opossums, bear, foxes, geese, and other creatures that inhabit the camp property and surrounding woods.

If you wish to examine the salamanders up-close, you may catch them in a bucket or other container, and then release them back into the lake. Do NOT handle them with your bare hands as this can hurt them.


All food must be secured in locked containers in the kitchen areas. Please keep all food (including chewing gum) outside of the individual unit cabins.

If any evidence of food (crumbs, wrappers, etc) is found inside a cabin after you depart, a $50 cleaning and repair fee will be charged to your group. Thank you for helping us keep nature outside!


Store all waste in the provided trash receptacles at your unit pavilion until your group checks out of camp. At that point, you will take all your trash with you.


Campfires are only permitted inside established fire pits.


Your unit will have a stack of firewood available for your use. You are also welcome to burn any downed branches you find. If you plan to have a bonfire or otherwise need an exceptional amount of wood, let us know and we can help you find it. The camp is well stocked with dead timber and firewood if you know where to look.

Do not bring wood in from outside the camp.


Pets must be under the control of their owner at all times. This means that if your pet does NOT come on first call EVERY time, it must be on a leash.

The owner is responsible for removing (and taking with them) any and all waste from their pet.

The outdoor spaces are shared by a wide variety of groups and wildlife. If your pet is ill behaved or otherwise disturbs or harasses other groups or wildlife, you will be asked to remove it from the camp property.

Pets are NOT permitted inside ANY buildings on the camp property. A $75 cleaning fee will be charged if evidence of pets is found inside any buildings.

Friends of Golden Pond is not responsible if your pet encounters wildlife while on the camp property.


Unless your rental agreement specifically allows alcohol for your event, alcohol is not permitted at Camp Golden Pond.

Groups with liquor liability insurance may request an alcohol waiver for their event. Groups serving alcohol must abide by all state laws and regulations and have a RAMP certified bartender.

Please notify us of your intent to serve alcohol when making your reservation.


Unless your rental agreement specifically states otherwise, hunting is prohibited at Camp Golden Pond. To request a hunting rental, you must contact us directly.

ATVs and Motorized Vehicles

ATVs and other motorized vehicles are prohibited.


Canoes and kayaks are available for rental for a fee.

Shared Spaces

Unless you have rented the entire camp, you may find yourself sharing space with other groups. Please be courteous and respectful of other guests.

Groups renting a specific unit have exclusive right to that unit including all cabins, the fire pit, and the kitchen pavilion.

Parking and Vehicles

Groups may keep one car at each unit. All other cars should be parked in the main parking lot. Having multiple vehicles parked at a unit will block access by emergency services.

Parking along the camp road or on the grass is strictly prohibited.

Driving on the camp road should be limited to group leaders during check-in and check-out. While we would prefer to keep the back of the camp vehicle free, we recognize that some groups have accessibility needs. We appreciate your cooperation.

We reserve the right to close the camp road to all vehicles during high occupancy periods.