Florence "Polly" Connor passed away on Wednesday, May 15.
She was 94 years old. Her service will be at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in
Fresno this Saturday, May 25 at 11 am. St. Paul's
Methodist Church is located at Thesta and Clinton, just west
of the VA hospital.
Polly named Camp El-O-Win in 1939 after winning a contest.
It was a name she made up.* For winning the contest
she won a bag of sunflower seeds. She remembers they
slept outside on beds of pine needles. Polly also
wrote the camp song that you will find on this webpage. You can find more about the life
of Florence "Polly" Connor
*El-o-win is a name used by Native Americans in Yosemite
that means "the spirit land beyond the setting sun" but
Polly may not have known that.
The Camp El-O-Win that Polly named in 1939 was a camp
located on National Forest land a little upstream of the
current Camp El-O-Win.
The name El-O-Win was important enough that for a time
(1956) the local Girl Scout council was named the El-O-Win
This summer, we will offer a
resident camp program to girls entering the 2nd through the
You will rock hop in Dinkey Creek, stargaze on a giant
boulder, hike to the Strawberry swimming hole to swim in the
creek, put on a skit at campfire, cook lunch over an open
fire, learn camp songs you will sing for the rest of your
life, make a plaster cast of a deer's hoof print, dress up
for an all blue dinner, roast s'mores and have the time of
This is the first time that Camp El-O-Win has offered a
camping session this long since the bridge was destroyed in
the winter of 2002/2003.
Girls can register with a friend and be
assigned to the same unit. A Core Staff of trained
volunteers will serve as counselors. Girls will be
divided into living groups by age, assigned to a living unit
and an appropriate number of counselors. Supervision
will be 24 hours a day.
Parents bring their campers to
camp and pick them up at the end of the session. Girls
do not sign up with an adult chaperone for Resident Camp.
If you are registering for Resident Camp by mail, enter NA on the line that
asks for the Supervising Adult.
It only requires a $25 deposit to register for camp.
(plus $10 for the t-shirt and $4 for a patch, if those items
are ordered) The balance of the camp fee is due
2-weeks before the opening day of the camp event.
|CAMP OPENING - JUNE 8th
Help us get Camp El-O-Win Ready for a Summer
Full of Fun!
need your help to get Camp El-O-Win ready for a
summer full of happy campers! Girls and adults,
come make a difference in YOUR camp by donating time
paint, clean, rake, wash things and help set-up camp after a
long winter. Adults with particular skill trades are
needed for special projects. The time you spend at
camp will be filled with fun and camaraderie. Bring
your family and friends . We provide the lunch and you
provide the labor! Email us at
to sign up.
2013 Camp El-O-Win
the 2013 Camp Brochure and go to our
Program Page for more
information about this year's events.
|Pictures from Bridge
On May 17, 2013, a survey for the bridge
footings was done. For more pictures
and a story of what happened,
|Find Board Meeting Updates
in the NEWS page.
last update: May 20, 2013