As the 2017 Summer Resident Camp season approaches and girls register for their favorite camp sessions, many of them will know the name Camp Robinwood for all the fun times they've had there over the years. Many still will know the name of the lake on the camp property, but not the Girl Scout it is named after. Read on, and remember to share with your friends and family so the next time they are at camp they can remember the camp, the lake and the memory of Ann Lockett Winchell.
The story of our life is ours to tell, but when two lives are cut short the
storytelling is left to those who loved them and knew them best.
Ann Lockett Winchell was born on October 24, 1958. She was a joyful
little girl with copper-colored hair and sparkling blue eyes who loved being
a Girl Scout Brownie.
In October 1966, Ann was riding her bicycle in her neighborhood when
an accident happened. This was long before bicycle helmets were invented,
so Ann was not wearing one. During the ride, she fell off of her bike and hit
her head on a sharp rock. She was badly hurt. Her parents took her to the
hospital, but she didn’t get better. Ann died on October 23, 1966, the day
before her ninth birthday.
Ann’s family decided the best way to remember her would be to create
a lake at Camp Robinwood. Her family and many friends contributed money
so that other Girl Scouts could enjoy the experience as much as Ann. The
lake and amphitheater at Camp Robinwood are a tribute to Ann Winchell
and all of the people who loved her.
Ann’s mother, Earline
Winchell, also loved Girl
Scouting. She was Ann’s
troop leader, and she spent
many years teaching Girl
Scouts how to cook, sail,
appreciate music and enjoy
the outdoors. In 1969,
two years after Ann died,
her mother was in a car
accident. A drunk driver hit
the car that she and Ann’s
father were driving. Ann’s
father survived, but her
mother died that night.
Ann’s father, brother
and sister believed that
Girl Scouts at Camp
Robinwood would enjoy
paddling canoes on Lake
Ann. Many friends gave
money to buy the canoes
and build a boat dock so
that Girl Scouts would be able to enjoy and explore Lake Ann in new ways.
So this is the story of Lake Ann, the boats and the amphitheater that have been at
Camp Robinwood since 1967. Her family hopes that every Girl Scout that comes to enjoy
this lake will remember Ann as they walk along its paths, paddle through its silent waters and
contemplate its quiet beauty. It is a lasting legacy to a little girl and her mother who believed
in the goodness of Girl Scouting from her family and friends who loved them.
For more Girl Scout stories, visit www.gssjc.org and visit the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's Publication page.