Online auction raises funds for camp

One of the items in the Friends of Timbercrest’s June 1–15 online auction is a “Floating Lunch and Tour of The Marys.” The Marys is the site of the two new lean-tos the auction is helping to finance at Girl Scout Camp Timbercrest that serves girls in all of Western New York.

A group of volunteers is sponsoring an online auction to raise money for their special project: the two lean-tos they are constructing at Girl Scout Camp Timbercrest, located between Randolph and Steamburg in Cattaraugus County.

The Friends of Timbercrest was formed in the summer of 2017 at the 50th anniversary of residence camping at Camp Timbercrest. In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Western New York, that serves nine counties from Chautauqua to Monroe, the Friends of Timbercrest volunteers are committed to preserve, enhance and promote Camp Timbercrest.

Proceeds from their auction will be used to fund the completion of the Lean-to Project. Two new lean-tos will replace the one built in 1975 and removed in 2020. Built in memory of Mary Alice Campbell and Mary Cooper, the lean-to site will be called “The Marys.”

The auction at www.32auctions.com/Lean-to begins on Tuesday, June 1, and concludes at midnight on Tuesday, June 15.

The finds in this special auction all have significant connections with Camp Timbercrest.

Items up for auction include a special outing to The Marys as part of canoeing on the camp’s 33-acre Keyser Lake, or perhaps with a gourmet meal or hot dog roast.

Hand-crafted items are offered by former staffers.

Kathy Pascatore Moller produced wood pieces from the salvaged boards of the old lean-to. While her day job is physical therapist, her side gig is “Custom Rustic.” She makes beautiful, practical items from salvaged wood, which she sells at art shows throughout the region.

Debra Eck, an internationally exhibited book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text and thread, made hand-bound journals. The natural, organic colors of their eco-dyed paper covers come from leaves and the mordant, rusty nails from the old lean-to.

A custom t-shirt design is offered by retired toy and children’s product designer Mary Mastrasimone-Gese. With 38 years in the vast Industry, she worked for Playskool, Fisher-Price, Sesame Street, Disney, Jim Henson’s Muppets, Hasbro and Mattel Companies.

The Ukranian eggs created by Natasha Johnson Patchen are made from actual Timbercrest goose eggs found floating on Keyser Lake. The designs themselves and even the wax used to make them have Timbercrest connections.

With 900 acres of rolling hills and a 33-acre lake in its center, Camp Timbercrest is an ideal setting to help girls learn outdoor skills through progressively more challenging camping.

Facilities at Timbercrest help girls become increasingly more comfortable living close to nature by offering a variety of sleeping arrangements from solid bunkhouse to soft-sided yurts and cabin-style tents, all the way to pitch-your-own backpacking tents. The lean-tos will provide a pleasant transition from totally enclosed cabin-tents to more primitive camping in backpacking tents.

The Girl Scouts of Western New York Council offers summer residence camping and Timbercrest is available year-round for troop and service unit camping.

For additional information on Girl Scouting and Camp Timbercrest, visit the website of the Girl Scouts of Western New York at www.GSWNY.org and FriendsOfTimbercrest.org.


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