Friday, October 15, 2021

Camp Archbald Fund Established

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce that a new charitable fund has been established to help support the Girl Scouts’ Camp Archbald in Kingsley, Pennsylvania. The camp is the second oldest Girl Scout camp in the United States founded in 1920. Because of economic constraints Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA and their Board of Directors have recently slated Camp Archbald for downsizing and cutting back on facilities and programs.

Many generations of women have attended and worked at the iconic Camp Archbald. A group of concerned Girl Scout alumni, friends, camp staff, and supporters have formed the Supporters of Camp Archbald to help support and maintain the camp so that its storied past may continue to serve girls today and far into the future. Supporters of Camp Archbald intends to reinstate programming, maintenance, and upkeep of the camp structures and legacy.

Supporters of Camp Archbald LogoThe Supporters of Camp Archbald Fund at The Community Foundation has been established to be a repository for donations to help support the camp. It is hoped donations will arrive to help offset the expenses of restoring, programming, and maintaining the camp. Donations may be sent to the Supporters of Camp Archbald Fund at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at

As Eileen Head, a lifetime Girl Scout and a member of Supporters of Camp Archbald points out “The camp outdoor experience is a vital part of Girl Scouts. Living, boating, swimming, singing and hiking at Camp Archbald with their friends has a lasting impact on girls who become women that care about the lake, forest and animals. In many cases these women decide to study sciences, engineering, technology, teaching and the arts based on their appreciation, friendships curiosity about the outdoors at Camp Archbald. These women pass along this legacy oftentimes to their troop, family and friends ... sometimes for generations.” 

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Rusty Ely Endowment Established

April 16, 2018: Montrose, PA: Many local citizens fondly recall talented landscaper and stone mason Rusty Ely who passed away in March 2017. His remarkable work adorns many locations in northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond and those fortunate enough to have a Rusty Ely wall or patio possess something of distinction that will last for generations. Rusty was a hard worker and fine craftsman with a reputation for his big heart and winning smile. He was involved with many local organizations and activities, but his family always came first.Rusty Ely photo

To honor his memory Rusty’s family has established the Russell Ely Memorial Endowment with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. This permanent charitable endowment will provide support to the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center for its general purposes to continue to provide for the education and opportunities of students and adults from Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties. Rusty’s legacy of craftsmanship will live on in the graduates of the Technology Center, a sentiment that would most certainly please him.

Additional donations have already been provided by Quality Deer Management Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation, two organizations that benefited from Rusty’s influence. Also, a portion of the proceeds from this past year’s annual pie sale in memory of Alayna Ely (Rusty’s niece), which has become a community endeavor, has also been generously donated by the Guy David Ely family. To honor Rusty and to help future generations of Technology Center students, donations to the Russell Ely Memorial Endowment may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at Rusty would be pleased.

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains would like to thank Montrose radio station WPEL for interviewing Foundation President, Peter Quigg, about our college scholarship program. This spring we are providing $152,000 in college assistance from 70 scholarships for students attending schools in four counties. You can listen to the two-part interview on WPEL this Saturday, the 17th, and next Saturday, the 24th, on 800 AM or 96.5 FM at 7:05 AM and 12:05 PM or stream the stations at

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Community Foundation Remembers Forrest VanCott

forrestvancottThe Community Foundation mourns the recent passing of our good friend Forrest VanCott. Along with his brother Cooper, Forrest has been instrumental over the years for the landscaping at our renovated office. Together they have provided the outward symbol of permanent stone terraces and ever-blooming gardens that reflect our work of lasting legacies and perennial support of charitable endeavors. Their teamwork will be admired by many of our visitors for generations to come. It seems fitting that among our endowments is a college scholarship in memory of their father Kermit. Our thoughts are with Forrest’s wife and children and his entire family.


Please click here to view his obituary.


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