Girl Scouts of Western New York will host the Friends of Timbercrest Fall Work Weekend Oct. 25-27 at Camp Timbercrest in honor of more than 100 years of outdoor adventure in Girl Scouts. A fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has been established to ensure the adventures continue, forever.
The Girl Scouts of Western New York Maintenance Fund will provide annual support for the outdoor maintenance and future enhancements at the Jamestown Service Center on Horton Road and Camp Timbercrest in Randolph.
“Over the years, thousands of Girl Scouts have used our properties and maintaining them is vital,” says Joanne Nelson, former Camp Timbercrest director. “I have so many wonderful memories at both facilities and am very pleased to initiate this fund through our very own, and local, Community Foundation.”
Funding may be used to clear/maintain hiking trails, building repairs and restorations, road maintenance, or creating new outdoor program areas to enhance the properties for greater use.
According to studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute, by providing girls with outdoor opportunities, they are able to develop better problem solving, leadership and social skills. It also states that by exposing Girl Scouts to nature, their interest in protecting the environment increases as they get older.
“Girl Scouts has a proud history of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place,” said Jerilyn Hickey, chief development officer for Girl Scouts of WNY. “We are truly grateful for this investment in our girls and properties to continue our important mission far into the future.”