Supporters of Camp Archbald
Our Mission: Supporters of Camp Archbald is an association of Girl Scouts that seeks to support and conserve Camp Archbald for Girl Scouting

SoCA Speaks Out!
Volume 1 Issue 5 November 2018

Welcome to the SoCA monthly newsletter! Here you'll get all the information regarding SoCA events, camp updates, donation information and more! 
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Upcoming Events

November 16-19: SoCA Fall Camping Weekend
Location: Camp Archbald
Open to SoCA members and their families 

Check in starts Friday at 3 pm, Check out ends at 1 pm Sunday
Cost: $35 for the weekend includes Saturday brunch and dinner and Sunday brunch
OR $20 for the day includes crafts and food

RSVP to Lydia at or call/text 570-702-5578

November 17:  S’mores and Sing along
Location: Camp Archbald 
Open to SoCA members, families and the community
Starts at 6 pm
Cost: Free!

RSVP to Lydia at

November 18: SoCA General Meeting
Location: Camp Archbald, Lower Friendship
100 Camp Archbald Rd. Kingsley, PA

Time: 1:30 pm

Use this link to check out all of the most up to date information on our upcoming events!

What happened in October?
Camp Archbald Clean Up Day
Camp doesn't look beautiful all the time. It takes hard work, love and a couple of really good camp songs to get you through the day. Volunteers came to camp on Saturday, Oct. 6th to help take down tents, put away canoes and clean up spots of camp that needed some extra love. Special thanks to the volunteers who came to help including troop 50451!


SoCA Leader Picnic
Oct. 14th brought hot dogs, crafts and great friends together for SoCA's leader picnic following the October meeting. Leaders were encouraged to attend to receive information about SoCA and network with fellow leaders and Girl Scouts. Thanks to the American Legion in Gouldsboro for letting SoCA host our meeting and picnic.
Donation Information

How can I help SoCA and Camp Archbald financially? 

One-time or Multiple Giving
You can donate any amount to SoCA (as many times as you want!) using our easy online PayPal account. Click the link of your choice and it will take you to the PayPal website. 

SoCA Events    SoCA General Fund   Camp Archbald Upkeep 
Fall Camping Weekend Payments

Monthly Giving
Interested in making a monthly gift to SoCA?
Fill out the form on our website to send us your information. Your support helps us to continue our mission of preserving Camp Archbald for future Girl Scouts!

Camp Archbald Foundation:
The Community Foundation, a non-profit financial institution, has established The Camp Archbald Fund to be a repository for donations to help support the camp. Donations may be sent to the Supporters of Camp Archbald Fund at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at These donations are tax exempt!

Ongoing fundraising activities:
Camp Archbald Zine: SoCA is collecting information to create a Camp Archbald resource book to sell. We are collecting songs, recipes, art, photography, oral histories, stories, traditions and other memories of Camp Archbald. Please send any information to:


Are you a trainer or have a certification (I.e. lifeguarding, archery etc.) and want to put your certification to use with SoCA? E-mail your information to so we can add you to our facilitators resource list.
Member Feature - Deb Toye-Sweppenheiser

Say hello to Deb! She is on SoCA's legal committee. SoCA Speaks Out met with Deb to find out why she's involved in SoCA. 

SoCA Speaks Out: Tell us, what year did you join Girl Scouts and what are some highlights of your Girl Scout career?
Deb: I was a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout from 1968 to 1973. I loved going to Girl Scouts after school. The crafts, outside activities and especially doing the rubbings with a thin piece of metal on top of leaves, flowers and bark were my favorites. Cookie selling was also a lot of fun, too! As an adult, the highlights have been the fall and spring clean up days at Camp Archbald. The girls clean up fire pits, collect fallen wood and branches, deep clean Heritage Hall and Schooney Hall. 

SSO: What years did you attend Camp Archbald? 

D: Unfortunately, I was never able to afford camp when I was a young Girl Scout. I went as a Mom dropping off my oldest daughter in 1993. Her excitement when we stood in the line at Schooney Hall on that Sunday afternoon was evident. Watching the counselors and administrators talking with the girls and parents, I knew she would have a wonderful time. Everyone was so kind and thoughtful to those reluctant young first-time campers and nervous parents during the drop off. I knew right then and there I would do what I could to help her continue going to Camp Archbald, so I became a cookie mom for her troop. I first came to camp as a leader in 2005 when I brought twenty Juniors to a camporee. We all had such a great time hiking, singing songs, cooking over camp fires and doing all kinds of crafts. Our troop went many times through the years.

SSO: What positions did you hold at camp if you were a staff member?

D: I was never a staff member at Camp Archbald. I was a cookie mom, assistant leader, leader and service unit lead. I now have my small boat certification so I can help facilitate boating activities at Camp Archbald. 
SSO: Why did you join Supporters of Camp Archbald (SoCA)?

D: I joined SoCA to help Camp Archbald remain a Girl Scout Camp for girls to go to. The only resident camp our council is currently operating is three hours away from my home. I would not have sent my young daughters that far away from home and I am sure many other parents feel that way. In this day and age it is more important for girls to have a safe, nurturing environment to learn about nature, how to become leaders, and how to get along with others. Camp Archbald has everything right there to help girls develop and grow. Girls don't have to leave our camp to swim, boat, zip line, do high ropes, low ropes, the climbing tower and so much more. They are able to stay at the camp where the adults have background checks and the girls safety is first and foremost. 

SSO: What is your favorite memory of camp and Girl Scouting?

One year we did a flag retirement ceremony. My girls collected tattered and torn flags and we had a ceremonial burning. I was amazed at how solemn and respectful all our Girl Scouts were as we watched the flags burn. After that we sat around the fire and made S'mores and sang camp songs under a beautiful star-filled sky.  

SSO: Why is camp important to you?

D: Girls are capable of so much if they are given the opportunities. Camping and hiking around the beautiful outdoors helps girls connect with nature. Seeing a bird building a nest, or the way a tree will grow towards the sun, or even watching a spider build its web, may help spark something in a young girl's mind that may help her decide what path her life will take as an adult. At camp, all girls are given chances to be the leader for their unit if they want. I loved when parents told me that their daughters' time at Camp Archbald made them a little more independent, helpful and self assured.
Need to contact us?

Leaders of SoCA -
President: Nicole Morristell
Vice President: Eileen Head
Secretary: Jamie Puchalski
Treasurer: Gail Reese

SoCA Committees

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