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Camp Farnsworth 110th Birthday Celebration

 

2019 marks the 110th year of camp for a beautiful place in Theford, VT. First known as Camp Hanoum and now as Camp Farnsworth, thousands of girls have hiked the trails, paddled in the pond, made lifelong friends, and found a home away from home here. 

During the summer of 2018, more than 1,500 girls attended Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains' (GSGWM) day and resident camps in Vermont and New Hampshire -  34% more than last year! A love of nature and the adventures found at camp continues to thrive with Girl Scouts. In recent years, more than $1 million was invested to make capital improvements to our beloved camp, projects which were inspired by feedback from girls who told us what they want to do at camp. 

Girl Scouts has a long history of getting girls outdoors. In an age of digital overload, we know that Girl Scouts are far more likely to participate in outdoor activities than their non-Girl Scout peers. They will try new things with opportunities for challenge, mastery, and accomplishment which contribute significantly to their leadership development, positive self-esteem, and their connection to, and care of, the natural world. We hope you agree that it is incredibly important that we continue to offer impactful outdoor adventures and experiences to girls.

As we celebrate Camp Farnsworth's 110th year, and the thousands of girls who came before and who are still to come, please consider giving to one (or more) of our special outdoor program campaigns. With your support, we will continue to provide girls in Vermont and New Hampshire with year-round outdoor and adventure programming that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Camp Endowment Fund

We are committed to providing the once-in-a-lifetime experiences and opportunities that outdoor programs deliver. To that end, we annually maintain our resident and day camp properties to protect the natural resources we are responsible for and to ensure that buildings and other facilities are operating safely. Our staff work year-round delivering programs, maintaining properties, and supporting volunteers and girls while they enjoy their time at camp. With an endowment fund restricted to supporting these programs and facilities, we are building financial sustainability in perpetuity for the Girl Scout camp experience. Annual distributions from the Camp Endowment fund will begin in the fiscal year after the fund has reached a minimum of $25,000.

2019 Campership Fund

We award about $50,000 in campership assistance annually to hundreds of girls who would not have been able to go to camp without support. 

Keusch Fireplace Restoration and Memorial Patio Project

The Keusch program building served girls during the camp's time as both Camp Hanoum and Camp Farnsworth. Over time, the building suffered structural damage due to its proximity to the nearby pond and saturation of the underlying earth. What remains are the fireplace and chimney which are now a popular gathering place for campers who sing around the fire, enjoying s'mores and the starry night sky. The chimney needs repairs in order for it to remain a Farnsworth landmark for the next generation of Girl Scout campers. Additionally, many Girl Scout alumnae have incredibly powerful memories of their camp experiences. As we remember those we have lost, we have rendered plans for a memorial space with the Keusch Fireplace at its center, where we can remember and memorialize our sister Girl Scouts who have gone before us. If you wish to remember a Girl Scout who has passed away, please include their name when you make your gift. 


Whichever project you support, please know that we are truly grateful for your support. 

Want to join us for the celebration on August 3? Click the button below to register.

Here's what we heard directly from girls this summer:

  • "Thank you for providing me a safe place to grow and learn." - Anonymous

  • "Thank you sooo much for teaching me how to persevere and to canter (properly)!" - Greta

  • "Thank you for giving me an opportunity to meet new people and live outside. I had a great summer." - Mal

  • "Thank you for all the leadership skills I have learned over the past 8 or 9 years." - Crystal

  • "Thank you for taking care of this camp. I come back year after year and I love it." - Madison

  • "I really appreciated being able to go on my first zipline tour and make some great friends." - Abby