Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Williamsburg Girl Scout Camp Receives $100,000 Donation from TowneBank

Girl Scout Cadettes Amiyah Snagg and Isabella Mims (left to right) take aim during archery practice on the range of Camp Skimino in 2022. (Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast)

WILLIAMSBURG — Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast received a $100,000 donation from TowneBank Foundation toward the repair of the Virginia Enmeier Program Center at Camp Skimino in Williamsburg.

According to Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCC), the center is at the heart of the camp and serves as the dining hall and program center. The camp is used throughout the year and is the main resident summer camp in the region.

“With Summer Camp 2023 beginning in June, we need help restoring the building as quickly as possible,” Tracy Keller, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast said. “TowneBank Foundation came to the rescue with a significant $100,000 commitment toward immediate repairs. Their assistance funded the stabilization of the Virginia Enmeier Program Center under the guidance of a structural engineer and restored the building’s integrity.”

GSCC explained that the repair of a loose doorframe led to the discovery of hidden water and termite damage that extended into all three stories of the building. The Virginia Enmeier Program Center has served as Camp Skimino’s emergency shelter and dining hall since 1982. 

The large program space is the home of numerous opportunities, including an indoor rock climbing wall. Additional interior repairs are still awaiting funding or in-kind collaborations to restore the bathrooms, complete the electrical repairs, add new flooring, and paint the interior of the building.

According to GSCC, Camp Skimino is the most visited Girl Scout camp in southeastern Virginia and serves as the cornerstone of the Girl Scouts’ camping program. Popular features include traditional programs such as swimming, archery, and canoeing, as well as more recent additions of a high ropes course, disc golf, human foosball, and popular gaga pit.

GSCC’s goal for the camp’s activities is to promote physical activity and positive personal/team interactions, allowing girls to test their boundaries and gain confidence through newfound skills.

For additional information about the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast, visit its official website.

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