What is SOCA?

Supporters of Camp Archbald is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Our mission is an association of Girl Scouts that seeks to support and preserve Camp Archbald for Girl Scouting.

Update: As of July 29th, 2020, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA, owners of Camp Archbald, have announced that Camp Archbald is no longer under review and camp has been saved from being sold! Read the official decision announcement here. Read SoCA’s press release regarding the decision here.

Supporters of Camp Archbald (SoCA) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that future Girl Scouts, along with alumni, supporters, families and the surrounding community, have access to the amazing opportunities and resources that camp has to offer. We exist to ensure that Camp Archbald remains the beautiful and historic property it is today.

When news spread in January 2018 that there was a possible sale of Camp Archbald, 10,000 alumni signed a petition in a few weeks. Some of those alumni are now members of SoCA and help with tasks to ensure continued usage and function of the camp.

Our goals are:

To promote clear, open, and honest communication between Girl Scout membership, the board and administration of GSHPA.

To encourage, promote, and provide increased quality programming at the camp.

To prevent the sale of camp land. (Check! Effective 7/29/20)

To preserve Camp Archbald acreage for Girl Scout use for the safety of all concerned.

To protect and repair historic camp properties.

To reach out to alumni and scouts for assistance in supporting and protecting Camp Archbald.

To plan for the 100th Anniversary celebration of Camp Archbald in 2020.

To meet these goals, we need:

Clear, open, and honest communication with the board and administration of GSHPA.

Accurate accounting of the costs to operate Camp Archbald, including deferred maintenance costs. This will help us plan to meet those needs.

Accurate statistics of camp usage. This will help us to determine how to increase usage of camp to meet GSHPA usage goals.

To raise funds, both directly and with council support, to support Camp Archbald.

We are concerned about:

Over $3 million in gas lease royalties have been collected by GSHPA from Camp Archbald, but no specific funds have been set aside for the camp.

The impact of the closure of camp on the local community.

We believe that many girls would not be able to attend camp without Camp Archbald. We want every girl to have the best outdoor opportunities possible.

Our committees are always looking for help. Check out our list of SoCA Committees as of 6.5.19 and contact the person in charge to see how you can help!

Leaders of SoCA

Nicole Morristell

Vice President
Eileen Head

Gail Rees

Jamie Puchalski

SoCA Committees

Finance – Vacant – financeforsoca@gmail.com

MarComm – Emily Loder – mediaforsoca@gmail.com

Research and History – Noah Penny – researchforsoca@gmail.com

Property – Pat Acker – propertyforsoca@gmail.com

Membership -Emily Loder – membershipforsoca@gmail.com

Program/Events – Holly Legate – programforsoca@gmail.com

Fundraising – Vacant – fundraisingforsoca@gmail.com

Legal – Eileen Head – legalforsoca@gmail.com

Resident Camp – Jamie Puchalski – residentcampforsoca@gmail.com

100th Anniversary Committee – Emily Loder, Pat Acker, Kate Crowley – centuryteamforsoca@gmail.com

Supporters of Camp Archbald (SoCA) Organization Structure

Board of Directors

  • Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held regularly and, at least, four (4) times per year. Special meetings may be called and held at any time by the Board of Directors, upon written or electronic request
  • Provides the overall direction/structure/responsibility for SOCA
  • Makes final decisions
  • Appoints committees
  • Appoints new board members
  • Amends or repeal bylaws or adopt new bylaws
  • Approves any transaction

Executive Officers

  • Consists of the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and a committee chair
  • The executive committee may convene as needed to respond to current operational requests and corporate functions.  These decisions are binding on behalf of the board
  • Provides guidance with tax reporting, annual strategic plan/calendar, meeting, agendas, etc.

Committee Chairs

  • Provides the direction and leadership for their committee
  • Meets or communicates monthly with their respective committees
  • Gives status of monthly activities to the board
  • Should demonstrate interconnectivity between and among the other committees
  • Meets every other month with the executive officers
  • Not necessarily a board member


  • Oversaw by a chair, who reports back to the SoCA Board of Directors
  • Meets or communicates monthly or more as needed
  • Committee meetings are where work gets discussed/planned/connected
  • Members are not necessarily board members

General Meetings

  • Meets every other month
  • Purpose is to connect new members/awareness for committees/events
  • Each committee gives an update and report – share 2 months of events coming/annual calendar updates, be transparent about our efforts (funds, how we work)