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Meet Eloise

Mrs. Eloise Hart Temple founded Camp Skyline in 1947 and owned it for 33 years.

During her time as the camp’s first director, Eloise penned this message for “her girls.” It remains as true today as ever:

A good camp doesn’t just happen. It is the result of careful planning and a great deal of effort by a director who is sincerely interested in your character and personality development as well as your physical welfare. Good counselors are selected for your benefit, and they play a most important part in making our camp a good one. Camp Skyline is my favorite place in the world!

Good Sportsmanship helps you fit into our life at Skyline. Your entire life will be influenced by the place you make for yourself here at Skyline.

Good camping is not cheap, neither is it expensive. But you can make it worth many times what it cost by taking advantage of the many opportunities available. We provide the right environment, the best leadership, and the inspiration, but what you take away from camp will depend on your attitude toward the program, the counselors, and the other campers.

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Lifelong friendships are formed at camp. Memories that will live with you always will be priceless possessions. We want you to have fun at camp, but we also want you to acquire many new skills and to learn to get along with everybody.

When you come to Skyline, come prepared to be FRIENDLY to all. Come prepared to be CHEERFUL. Come prepared to be UNSELFISH.

You will leave camp a finer girl, possessing more poise and loving others and God more than you ever have.

Camp History

When camp first began, campers arrived by train and stayed for two months, but Eloise soon broke the summer into two sessions each being one month long. Eloise believed horseback riding was a must and it was a required activity on every camper’s schedule!

In 1980, she sold the camp to brothers Edward and Edmond Cash. Edmond sold his half of camp in 1997 and Sally Cash Johnson became part owner at that time. The Temple family remains close to the Cash and Johnson families and Eloise’s enthusiasm continues to pervade the camp.

Long-Standing Traditions

During the 1980’s, Skyline began offering two week sessions. Although no longer required, horseback riding remains a popular choice for our young ladies and the Equestrian Program has been added for campers who love to spend more than an hour at the barn. Many of the activities that started in 1947 still remain including swimming, archery, riflery, tennis, arts and crafts, dance, canoeing, and drama.

Night time has always been a fun and special time at Skyline. It was filled with competitions between the clubs, talent night, dance with local boys’ camps, fun with cabin mates, and of course campfires. Eloise started many of these rich, evening traditions which are still going strong today and are among the favorites of many campers and staff.