Participate in our upcoming events! All events are held at Camp Archbald unless otherwise noted.

SoCA Yearly Calendar (this is a working document and is updated when new events happen, last updated 5/9/21)

All SoCA general meetings are held the 2nd Sunday, every other month. Please note: All meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Looking for 100th anniversary events? Check out this page!
#camparchbaldturns100

*All year long: Virtual patch in a box
Cost: Free
Last day to complete: July 1st, 2021
E-mail for sending in request for patches: centuryteamforsoca@gmail.com
Contact: Kate Crowley (same century team e-mail)

*All year long: Zine Submissions
Cost: Free
Last day to submit Zine submissions: August 16
Contact: Noah Penny noahpenny3@gmail.com

April

April 10: Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Climbing Adventure Badge Day
Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: $20 per girl
Last day to sign up: March 27th
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

April 11: SoCA General Meeting – 1:30-3pm
Location: Zoom – email mediaforsoca@gmail.com for link


April 13: Camp Archbald Work Day
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: Free
Last day to sign up: April 5th
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

April 25: Camp Archbald Work Day
Time: 1-5pm
Cost: Free
Last day to register: April 19th
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

May

May 1: Camp Archbald Tents Up!
Time: 8am-4pm
Cost: Free
Last day to register: April 26th
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

May 7: Observe Scranton, 100th Display at First Friday
Time: 5-8pm
Cost: Free
No registration needed
Location: Lackawanna County Children’s Library, 520 Vine St. Scranton, PA 18509
Dates for anniversary display: May 7-26.
More info: https://observescranton.org/

Observe Scranton in May! A week long community festival celebrating Scranton through the eyes of Jane Jacobs, hometown iconic city activist on what would be her 105th birthday. While Observe Scranton is only the first week in May, the display will be at the library from May 7 to May 26. The children’s library staff will provide books and materials related to the display as well as have a craft for the children to do. The exhibit will be viewable during library hours: Monday through Thursday 9AM-7PM, and Friday and Saturday 9AM-5PM.

Supporters of Camp Archbald (SoCA) celebrates the 100th anniversary of Camp Archbald, the second oldest Girl Scout camp in continuous operation within the United States. To showcase this anniversary, SoCA has put together a collection of Girl Scout and Camp Archbald memorabilia. This collection features 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 on the rest of her life including Jane (Butzner) Jacobs and her sister Betty. 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, pictures, and mess kits. The Children’s Library is the perfect place to share with everyone the last 100 years of fun and leadership at Camp Archbald.

May 11: Camp Archbald Work Day
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: Free
Last day to register: April 26th
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

May 15: Archery Level 1 Training
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: $40 per adult or girl
Last day to sign up: April 30th
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

Level 1 Instructors will be well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs, and lesson plans. Completion of this instructor training allows an adult volunteer to lead girls in archery at any of the four GSHPA properties.

The minimum age for this training is 15 years old. Certification is valid for three years from the date of course completion. A minimum of 6 people are needed in order to run this course with a maximum of 10. Lunch will not be included in the course fee, so please bring your own. This training is open to GSHPA members only.

May 23: Camp Archbald Work Day
Time: 1-5pm
Cost: Free
Last day to register: May 16th
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

June

June 1: Camp registration closes

June 1-28: 100th Display at the Dietrich Theater
Time: During operating business hours
Cost: Free
No registration needed, found in the theatre lobby
Location: Dietrich Theater 60 E. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Dates for anniversary display: June 1-28.
More info: https://www.dietrichtheater.com/default.aspx

June 4: NEPA Gives
Time: 24 hours of giving 12:00am – 11:59pm
Cost: Donation based – SoCA has a goal of raising $10,000
More information: https://www.nepagives.org/

SoCA is participating in NEPA Gives 2021! NEPA Gives is a one day community wide fundraiser. This virtual 24 hour fundraiser is Friday, June 4th. Donations will be enhanced with bonus funds and cash prizes. Anyone, anywhere, can donate any time from 12:00am-11:59pm. The link to donate is https://www.nepagives.org/org…/supporters-of-camp-archbald
One prize we are hopeful for is a $1,000 bonus for the most donors outside the United States. With our abundance of former international staff, we are confident we can achieve this bonus. Please reach out to your former internationals and ask them to consider making a (minimum) $10 US dollar donation. Please check the Facebook page throughout the day on June 4th. Thank you for your continued support! #nepagives2021 #supportcamparchbald

June 5-6: Small Craft Training
Time: 9am – 5pm both days June 5/6
Cost: $40 per adult
Last day to register: May 22nd
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

Small Craft Safety Training (SCST) is for adults who are interested in taking their girls boating (canoeing, kayaking, rowboating, SUPing) at Camp Archbald. This training will take place over two days and consists of both classroom and in-water components. View the registration link for more information.

June 6: Camp Archbald Work Day
Time: 1-5pm
Cost: Free
Last day to register: May 30th
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

June 8: Camp Archbald Work Day
Time: 8am – 12pm
Cost: Free
Last day to register: June 1st
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

June 13: SoCA General Meeting – 1:30-3pm
Location: Camp Archbald

June 13: CPR/AED First Aid Training – 2pm
Location: Camp Archbald, Lower Friendship
Estimated Cost: $45, dependent on number of participants
Last day to sign up: June 9th
Registration: email Nikki Morristell at nikkibarber@hotmail.com
Contact: Nikki Morristell, nikkibarber@hotmail.com

June 19: Archery Badge Day
Location: Camp Archbald
Cost: $16 per girl, includes the badge
Last day to sign up: June 5th, 5pm
Registration link: Registration is now closed.

Open to Juniors and up, this event will give girls the chance to earn their archery badge. Lunch is not provided and girls should dress for the weather. Come out to Camp Archbald for the day and learn to or improve your archery skills! Questions? Contact Holly at heritagetrailsulholly@gmail.com

June 25-28: Waterfront Lifeguard Training, 8am-5pm each day
Location: Camp Archbald
Cost: $150 per person, participants must be 18+ to sign up
Last day to sign up: June 18
Registration link: Click here to sign up!

Participants are required to bring with them: flippers/swim fins, goggles/mask, CPR mask, and the Red Cross lifeguard manual (purchased or downloaded). Participants should bring their own snacks, meals, and drinks. Overnight accommodations are available, but must be requested ahead of time. Maximum number of participants is 10. Participants must be 18 years old or older, be able to swim 550 yards, tread water for 2 minutes, and retrieve submerged objects within a set time frame (see flyer for complete explanation of skill prerequisites). Payments will be collected with the registration via credit card or you can mail a check to PO Box 22 Mehoopany, PA 18629, made payable to SoCA. *Participants will be certified in AED, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Waterfront Skills. Questions? Contact Jamie at residentcampforsoca@gmail.com

June 27: Girl Scout Recruitment Day – 1-4pm
Location: Camp Archbald
Cost: Free
Last day to sign up: June 13th, 5pm
Registration link: Click here to sign up!
Contact: Holly Legate – heritagetrailsulholly@gmail.com

Have you always wanted to join Girl Scouts? Have questions about what you can do do volunteer? Or just curious about what possibilities are available in Girl Scouting? Come to our recruitment event on June 27th from 1-4pm. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer your questions, girls will have an opportunity to do a small craft and tours of Camp Archbald will be given. Come out to camp and get ready to discover Girl Scouts! Girls must be 5 years old by October 15, 2021 and entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2021 to be old enough to register. Adult registration starts at 18, and is open to both men and women.

June 27: Camp Archbald Work Day
Time: 1-5pm
Cost: Free
Last day to register: June 16th
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

July

July 11 – 16: Resident Camp Week 1
July 18 – 23: Resident Camp Week 2

August

August 2-4: Family Camp – Splash Spectacular
Cost: $80 per person, children under 5 are free
Last day to register: TBD
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

August 6-7: Family Camp – Around the World
Cost: $50 per person, children under 5 are free
Last day to register: TBD
Registration link: Click here to register with GSHPA

August 8: SoCA General Meeting – 1:30-3pm
Location: Camp Archbald

August 14:  Kayak for Camp
Location: Susquehanna River between White’s Ferry to Appletree boat launches
Contact: Laura O’Malley – ljomal@msn.com
Sponsored by Susquehanna Canoe and Kayak Rentals

August 15: Last day to submit Zine submissions
Cost: Free
Contact: Noah Penny noahpenny3@gmail.com

To further celebrate the 100 year anniversary of CA, we will be putting out a ‘zine comprised of submissions from our camp community: you folks! We are asking that you submit drawings, poems, stories – anything that reminds you of camp that you want to share with everyone! Camp songs are not allowed. You can submit to Noah Penny at 1 Bypass Lane Chapel Hill, NC 27517 or emailed to noahpenny3@gmail.com with the subject line “Zine Submission.” 

September

September 11: Outdoor Journey weekend
Location: Camp Archbald
Cost: TBD
Last day to register: TBD
Registration link: Will be posted soon

*September 18: S’more Fun at Camp Archbald: Looking forward to 100 More Years of Adventure
Time 9am-6pm
Cost: Varies – $35 event fee, $8 box lunch (optional) $70 for overnight, day and lunch
Registration link: Click here to register
Last day to register: August 15th at 5pm. No exceptions.
Contact: 100th Committee Team – centuryteamforsoca@gmail.com

A do over from 2020. All are welcome! Come out to camp for traditional camp activities such as boating and arts and crafts. Find people who went to camp the same years as you for our decade photos, and spend the evening with a campfire and s’mores. Volunteers needed to help run activities. Want to help or have questions? Use the century team email above to contact us. 

October

October 1: Last day to submit patch in the box requests – email request to centuryteamforsoca@gmail.com

October 3: Trail Adventure Day
Time: 1-4pm
Cost: $10 per girl
Last day to register: Sept. 12th at 5pm
Registration link: Registration will open on June 1st

Open to Daisies and Brownies. Participants will be earning their trail adventure badges! Girls should be prepared for all types of weather and terrain. They should have sturdy shoes and a water bottle. Questions? Contact Holly at heritagetrailsulholly@gmail.com

October 10: SoCA General Meeting – 1:30-3pm
Location: Zoom – email mediaforsoca@gmail.com for link

October 15-17: Fall weekend, 5pm Fri – 12pm Sunday
Location: Camp Archbald
Cost: $35 for the weekend, $10 for Saturday only
Last day to register: October 2nd
Registration link: Click here to register
Contact: Holly Legate – heritagetrailsulholly@gmail.com

This relaxing weekend at camp is just what you need! For $35 come to camp anytime after 5pm on Friday, October 15th and stay until noon on Sunday, October 17th. Don’t want to stay over? No problem! Come just for Saturday for $10. Fee includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and program supplies. This event is open to current SoCA members and their families. It is not geared towards troops.

November

November 30: Giving Tuesday
Our goal is to raise $2,000 – all donations are tax-deductible.
Want to make an in-kind donation instead? Visit our Amazon wish list!

December

December 12: SoCA General Meeting – 1:30-3pm
Location: Zoom – email mediaforsoca@gmail.com for link

Officers and chairs – use this link to submit your publicity request for upcoming events!