Camp Carysbrook, Virginia’s oldest overnight camp for girls, was established in 1923 by Miss Sarah Caperton Preston who continued to run the camp until her death in 1965. Her sister, Katherine Preston, assisted in operating the camp. The sisters lived in Norfolk where Miss Caperton directed a dancing school. Following in the traditions of the Prestons, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cumisky directed the camp from 1965-1971 and Katherine Syer Heath directed Carysbrook from 1971-76.
In 1979, Toni Musso Baughman purchased Camp Carysbrook fusing new traditions with those of the Prestons operating the camp from 1980-2001. Her daughters Rachel Baughman Gannaway, Laura Baughman Devereux and Sarah Baughman continued to operate Camp Carysbrook until May 2019 when they sold the business to former Carysbrook Director, camper parent, staff member and camper Colleen Hagan Egl and her husband. Colleen comes from a long line of family who have treasured their times at Carysbrook since the 1930’s and shares the same love of camp and empowering girls so characteristic of the leadership of both the Prestons and the Baughmans. Colleen’s vision is for Camp Carysbrook to continue to be the panacea to the challenges of the modern world and a place dedicated to developing strong, authentic, curious, connected young women.