Peg "Pickles" Jungquist Inducted onto the Wall of Fame on September 30, 2023. Tribute by Ro Woodard
For over 45 years, just say Pickles and Girl Scouts who have been to Camp Timbercrest will immediately know who you are talking about. She greets Girl Scouts with her smiling face and hardy greeting of “Hipta Minica soctay boomday octay you who!"
Born Margaret “Peg” Jungquist on February 3, 1955 and a mostly-lifelong resident of Lakewood, her heart firmly resides at Timbercrest.
She is a fixture in the summer, a true camper, living in a tent she pitches for herself outside of Bellinger Lodge. She has been a camper, staff member and currently a volunteer since the beginning of Timbercrest in 1967. She never says no and does whatever is needed to keep staff and campers taken care of and summer camp running smoothly. She fills in wherever, whenever, doing whatever is needed and nothing stops her.
In the tradition of camp, she was bestowed her nickname at CIT training by “Peanuts’ aka Karen Lumia who asked her to dish out pickles from a giant gallon jar only to find out that Pickles loathes pickles, even being near them. Hence, the origin of the nickname and one of the best known counselors at Timbercrest was born.
During the merger of the councils, Pickles helped to maintain the traditions to keep Timbercrest - Timbercrest and continues to do so during the summer and through helping with the Friends of Timbercrest Tidbit program. She is our official greeter as girls arrive with her friendly familiar face and efficient manner of checking them in.
On a personal note, Pickles and I have been friends since Cadettes. We attended a camping exchange with Camp Deer Trails in Michigan in 1969 where we shared many adventures including a memorable evening watching the first moon landing in a barn at GS camp, The Timbers. Imagine a TV at Girl Scout camp? On the 50th anniversary of that event we recreated it at Timbercrest for the Night Owls unit. We used a computer and showed the You-tube video of the original moon landing. Yes, now a computer at camp. We taught a bit of history, shared the remanences, and mentioned that our iPhones were more powerful than the computer that sent the rocket to the moon. We gave them the wish that perhaps on the 100th anniversary of the moonwalk that one of them would be sharing their experience with another group of GS campers. Friends of Timbercrest are proud to add Pickles to the Wall of Fame. She is the face of Timbercrest and she holds Timbercrest in her heart and soul. She is a legend and we are all lucky to know her. She is a friend to all and a sister to every Girl Scout.
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Pickles and Jo
PICKLES - An On-Going Dream of every Camp Director of What Makes Their Camp Wonderful!
I was blessed to direct Camp Timbercrest for 10 years and was also truly blessed with a staff that always included many girls who grew up as Girl Scouts in our home council. Pickles was one of those staff members who would return each summer with what seemed like even MORE energy and enthusiasm than the previous summer! I crew to count on her for more things than she could ever imagine as she continued to be the epitome of what a camp counselor should be for every girl and staff member in camp.
Her ongoing work and dedication to what goes on at our Camp Timbercrest is absolutely remarkable and I am 100% sure that she should be on our WALL of FAME. I am also sure that, if given the chance, there would be a multitude of her campers, as well as many of the counselors who worked with her, who would concur. Pickles - a Girl Scout who has not hesitated to work at making our world a better place!
Joanne E. "Jo" Nelson Camp Timbercrest Director 1969-1978
Generations of Love
Pickles, you hold a special place in the hearts of two generations of Vinton girls both as counselor and co-worker. Your love of all things Timbercrest and devotion to Girl Scouting ideals are evident in all you do. Plus, you're so much fun to be around! Congrats on this well-deserved honor!
If I were more creative, I would have written another verse to the Timbercrest song that was all about Pickles. Something like: "Do you know the counselor named Pickles?.....
Betsy "Boat" Boutwell Vinton
Pickles! Just saying her name is fun!
And what a zany person she is! She seems to be woven into my late teen/adult life, popping up at unexpected times and bringing fun and laughter. I first met Pickles in 1978 when I was a first-year residence camp counselor at Timbercrest. I had never been to residence camp as a camper and had not had any CIT training. I went right from being a Program Aid at Day Camp, to being a residence camp counselor. Fortunately for me and the girls in my care, Pickles was my unit leader that first week of camp. Pickles is a counselor’s counselor. And she nurtured me along as I lead my patrol, providing knowledge, experience, and fun! Here are some of the skills I learned from Peg as a camp counselor that I still use today as a Girl Scout leader, teacher, and parent:
I do not take girls on a campout without discussing night noises.
Even when the unexpected happens, and it is not so wonderful; make a learning experience out of it.
Always look for the Fun in any situation.
If you have to correct behavior, find a way to do it positively.
All these and more were lessons Peg taught and lived!
Pickles was at our wedding. She gave us a wall hanging with the lyrics to the Timbercrest song that she handwrote in beautiful colored calligraphy. It still hangs on the wall of our house 42 years later. Since then, she has popped in and out of my life. She sent me a friend’s Ukrainian egg book after that friend passed away. She was at camp events, always laughing, singing songs, encouraging, and lending a helping hand. She even visited me at my house in Tennessee a couple of times and what fun we had going to the mountains and off to a quaint tearoom.
One of my fondest memories is when Peg came to visit Jackie Meier and my mom at the nursing home. It was Jackie's birthday and Pickles was there to celebrate! She brought Jackie a plant with bright yellow flowers. You can’t be having fires in nursing home, but that did not deter Pickles from having a campfire. She set the yellow flowered plant on the floor, we gathered around it, and for the next 45 minutes or so we were transported back to Timbercrest as we sang old Girl Scout songs.
A few years ago, I got a desperate text from Pickles. The camp nurse had quit at the last minute. Camp was supposed to start in a week and there was no nurse. No nurse means no camp. Pickles could not bare having to tell those girls that they could not come to camp. Pickles wondered if I knew a nurse. Well, yes, I did: my sister. So, off my sister and I went to camp. Pickles was there of course, as she has been for so many years. She must be the most experienced camp counselor ever. I am thrilled that she is a member of the Timbercrest Wall of Fame. Timbercrest is a part of Pickles and as the song says, “You’re a part of Timbercrest.” Peg is a part of Timbercrest.
Lisa, Pickles, Marlene
Pickles Awarded the Thanks Badge
I was "dill"lighted to nominate and recognize Peg Jungquist....."Pickles" for the Girl Scout Thanks Badge back in 2008.
"Pickles" you're kind of a "BIG DILL". I was in a bit of a "pickle" thinking about what to write for this recognition. I was "gherkin" on it for quite a while. But in the end I came up with this recognition of all you do in Girl Scouting and especially at Camp Timbercrest.
You're the real Camp Timbercrest "Dill". Camp would be in a "pickle" with out you. So today "relish" the moment. Paint yourself green and call yourself a "pickle" cuz you enjoy "DILLIN" with campers and friends of Camp Timbercrest. Why do so many campers love 'Pickles"...because she's so "dill-iciously" sweet. What do you call a "pickle" from the backwoods of Camp Timbercrest?...A HILL-DILLY!!!
"Relish" every moment of this day you share with fellow campers. Remember life is never a "dill" moment. Your friends of Camp Timbercrest would be there for you in a "pickle'.
THANK YOU for all the hours you put into Camp Timbercrest.
Camp Timbercrest Friend, Marlene Norlander
Swimming with Pickles
Back in the 70s we had Brownie groups come to camp for two and a half days. I was waterfront director at the time. There was a Brownie who would not get in the water for the life jacket lesson. I could only get her to go ankle deep. She was scared because she had never been to a lake. I asked Pickles to just play with her in the water during free swim in the afternoon. Free swim time found Pickles on her back in the water with a whole pack of girls giggling and having a blast!
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