Supporters of Camp Archbald (SoCA) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Camp Archbald, the second oldest Girl Scout camp in continuous operation within the United States. To celebrate this anniversary, SoCA has put together a collection of Girl Scout and Camp Archbald memorabilia.
The collection will showcase the rich history of Girl Scouts and Camp Archbald. Many of the pieces in this collection show that a girl’s experience at Camp Archbald, whether in 1920 or 2020, has a profound experience for the rest of her life. Kate Crowley of Tunkhannock, who is heading up the project, contacted several local libraries which have each agreed to host the collection for consecutive one month periods.
In the coming months, the collection will rotate between libraries, allowing each location to share these camp treasures with their community. These are the locations and corresponding months in which you can visit the collection: Albright Memorial Library – Scranton (July), Taylor Public Library – Taylor (August), Camp Archbald at S’more Fun (September), Carbondale Public Library – Carbondale (October).
Most of the display items are on loan from current SoCA members. The collection’s oldest item, a journal from a former camper about her adventures at camp, dates to 1930. Other items include camp guides, postcards (Crowley’s personal favorite), pictures, and mess kits. “The library is the perfect place to showcase to everyone the last 100 years of fun and leadership at Camp Archbald,” Crowley says.