Important Camp Furnace Hills Update

Dear GSHPA Members, 

On Saturday, February 25th Lancaster County experienced two storm systems with recorded wind speeds ranging between 75-90 miles per hour causing an estimated $7 million dollars in damage throughout Lancaster County.

Camp Furnace Hills located in Denver, Pennsylvania was impacted by the storm and while no one was hurt or injured, the property did sustain significant damage from the storms. The safety of our Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff members was our primary concern and we followed the proper procedures for securing their safety.

  • One troop comprised of four Girl Scouts and two adults chose to exit the camp property prior to the storm. 
  • Another troop, comprised of six Girl Scouts and three adults, opted to stay the night under the supervision of our trained staff. The following morning the Property Manager and Camp Ranger surveyed the immediate damage, which included blocked roadways. GSHPA staff safely guided the campers off the property and made arrangements for them to get home safely.
  • Our Camp Ranger’s residence was not damaged; however, the camp will be without electricity throughout the next week. We have provided him with temporary housing.

GSHPA’s dedicated property team is making Camp Furnace Hills a high priority. The health and safety of our Girl Scouts, families, volunteers and staff are of paramount importance. To ensure our members safety and to provide the best outdoor experience possible, we canceled and refunded current reservations at Camp Furnace Hills for at least the next eight weeks.

We are working individually with members to find alternative camping opportunities whether it be at another GSHPA camp or a local camp site that is convenient for our members.  

Acts of nature can be very unpredictable and at their worst dangerous.  I would like to thank our dedicated and prepared staff, who were quick to respond to the needs and safety of our members staying on our camp property.

Since the camp has not been cleared or reopened for safety reasons, we are asking that you please not visit the property.

Thank you very much. We will be communicating updates soon.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Ellen Kyzer, MPA
President and CEO
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania

Veronica Longenecker
Board Chair
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania