Life lessons taught at longtime Girl Scout Camp fuel efforts to re-open camp

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Petersburg, Huntingdon County, Pa- Women WTAJ spoke with on Monday afternoon said there’s no place in Huntingdon County like Camp Golden Pond. They said what makes the camp special is the life lessons they learned there.

The camp was sold over a year ago but, those who say it shaped them as children are now looking to bring it back for future generations of youth.

“It provides them a challenge, something that many of them have never experienced before,” said Sharon Bloom, a Board Member of Friends of Golden Pond.

Bloom once faced the aformentioned challenges more than 30 years ago at Camp Golden Pond. She says all these years later, many of the lessons are just as important.

“Girls here find that they can start fires, they can cook over the fire, they can canoe for the first time in the lake… and the knowledge just goes on and on. It’s the combination of the skills, coupled with the self-confidence the girls gain,” Bloom said.

Part of that self confidence is in the experience of trying new activities… in an environment that is “off the grid”.

“Our girls know that when they come to camp, nobody’s wearing makeup, nobody’s fixing their hair, nobody’s on their iPads, nobody’s on their phone. This is totally an experience that is free of any type of pressure at all, except to have fun, and learn,” Bloom said.

An experience that to volunteer Maxine Brunner, makes memories for a lifetime.

“Maybe 10-to-12 years later they’ll come up to me and see me some place, and they’ll say: ‘you remember you made me do this’ and ‘I am so glad I did this.’ So yes, the friendships stick around forever,” Brunner said.

The Friends of Golden Pond are hoping to re-open the camp for both boys and girls. This Sunday, Feb. 24, they are holding a reception with light refreshments in the camp’s Legacy Lodge at 2 p.m. to update the public on their negotiations to purchase the camp. Tours of the camp’s property will also be given.

The total cost to purchase the camp is: $660,000

Bloom told WTAJ they hope to have the camp open again by March, 1.

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