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
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.