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Friends of Timbercrest

'Supporting the camp that has our hearts.'
Happy Timbercrest Campers 1967

Photo: Happy Timbercrest Campers - 1967

​The mission of the Friends of Timbercrest is to preserve, care for, and promote Camp Timbercrest. Our vision is that this camp will continue to be an inspiration for Girl Scouts for generations to come.

(This group is supported by Girl Scouts of Western New York.)

About

Photo: Joe and Esther Keyser

Joe and Esther Keyser
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Photo: Flag Ceremony at the 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2007

Established in 1963, Camp Timbercrest originally served the "Chautauqua Area Girl Scouts" as a Day Camp facility.

On June 27, 1967, Esther Keyser, camp director and executive director of the Chautauqua Area Girl Scout Council, dedicated the Residence Camp with these words:

This will be a place where the Girl Scout promise, the principals of honor, loyalty, duty will be held in high esteem. This will be a place where wise and dedicated leaders will help girls grow into good citizens.

This camp is dedicated to the objectives of Girl Scouting that girls may here be inspired to the highest ideals of character, conduct and purpose, that they may become happy and useful citizens in their homes, their communities and their country, and that the camp may always be a place of laughter, a place of learning and a place of love.

​Priscilla Fairbank, speaking on behalf of the camp staff and girls of Girl Scouting added these words:

Are you thinking what I am about this intriguing landscape that surrounds us? On these precious acres untold experiences will be had by many girls. There will be trials and tribulations; there will be times for thrills, for inspiration, for that soul-lifting satisfaction of accomplishment, for pure joy of living, for friends and for many more of the feelings and experiences that help mold girls into the young women of our communities and the mothers of the next generation.

Today, Camp Timbercrest serves the Girl Scouts of Western New York, a council that spans nine counties:  Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Wyoming, Livingston, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, and Monroe.

"[It] would be so nice to bring my kids to see the camp I call home.  Even though I [attend another] camp, Timbercrest still has my heart." 
- Cyndie TeWinkle Feemster

Build a Bridge Campaign
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​The Lake Trail has fallen into disuse. Bridges are broken and/or missing.

At the 50th anniversary celebration in July 2017, the Build a Bridge Campaign was launched to raise funds for replacing bridges and restoring the trail.

At the Oct 2017 work weekend considerable work on the trail was accomplished! There is plenty more to do. 

With your help,
we will restore this trail.

Goal: $5,000
Raised so far: $4,614
​(as of 3/19/18)

On the donation page, please select "Other" under "I would like to designate my donation to..." and type "Timbercrest Bridges" in the text box.

Prefer to mail a check? Make it payable to GSWNY and be sure it is designated to Timbercrest Bridges

Mail to:
Girl Scouts of Western New York
3332 Walden Avenue, Suite 106
Depew, NY 14043

Upcoming Events

Summer: 
Family and Friends Weekend

July 13-15, 2018

This is a GSWNY council event. We (Friends of Timbercrest) might do some work this weekend, but really... don't you just want to go play?
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Fall: Friends of Timbercrest 
Work Weekend

Sept. 28-30, 2018 (details and registration coming soon)

Planning meeting: Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 am. at the Jamestown Service Center (2661 Horton Road, Jamestown, NY 14701) - This event is facilitated by Jo Nelson. Please bring your own snacks. 

Join Us

We currently have a Facebook page! All past, present, and future campers and staff are welcome to use this page to connect, as well as share stories and information about camping and Camp Timbercrest.

You can also email us at friendsoftimbercrest@gswny.org

Publicity
Photos from the 50th Anniversary Celebration
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The full set of 50th Anniversary photos is available in this Facebook album.

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Camp Timbercrest Map
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Click image above to view high-quality map of Camp Timbercrest provided by the Friends of Timbercrest group.