Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and honored guests officially broke ground on a new tree house project at its resident camp on Kerr Lake in Vance County on Monday, March 24, 2014.
Camp and outdoor education are core tenets of Girl Scouting and contribute very positively to the overall Girl Scout experience. In September 2012, as part of a multi-year property development plan, Girl Scouts – North Carolina selected a tree house unit concept and site plan developed by Weinstein Friedlein Architects based in Carrboro, N.C.
The complex consists of six tree house units designed to each sleep twelve, a bath house, a program pavilion and campfire circle. The units will be connected by an elevated walkway and will also include a lift, meeting accessibility compliance as set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Located in Vance County, the 155 acre camp sits on picturesque Kerr Lake. The property currently hosts two platform tent units, two cabin units and open fields ideal for tent camping and group activities. In addition, the camp also has an open-air amphitheater and dining hall. Camp Graham is used for resident camp during the summer months and is available for troop camping, area Girl Scout events and community rental during the school year.
In addition to Camp Graham, the Girl Scout council also owns Camp Mary Atkinson near Selma in Johnston County, Camp Hardee on the Pamlico River in Beaufort County, and Camp Mu-Sha-Ni in Richmond County. Other strategic improvements to camps will include the addition of electricity to cabins, renovation of bath houses, and winterization of some unit facilities.
Girl Scout members, alumnae and supporters will also have the opportunity to become a lasting part of Camp Graham history by purchasing a personalized, commemorative brick for the tree house unit fire circle. For more information about this project, individuals can contact the Girl Scouts’ fund development team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-284-4475.
The design, site plan, project description and required detail proposal documentation was reviewed and approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on July 30, 2013. The Girl Scout camp is housed on leased property from the Corps of Engineers. Durham-based CT Wilson Construction has been contracted for this project and completion is expected for summer 2014.