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Girl Scouts to Break Ground on Tree House Unit at Camp Graham in Vance County


Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and honored guests will officially break ground on a new tree house project at its resident camp on Kerr Lake in Vance County on Monday, March 24, 2014.

“In breaking ground on the tree house project at Camp Graham, we are acting on a commitment we made to our membership,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “We are excited to see the construction begin and believe this project is an important addition to our well-rounded outdoor program.”

Construction of the tree house project included within the council’s strategic plan to make upgrades to existing camp properties. 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 American Disability Act. 

Camp and outdoor education are core tenets of Girl Scouting and contribute positively to the overall Girl Scout experience.  “Girl Scouting provides unmatched camping experiences and we are excited to enhance our program to include tree houses,” Jones added. “When a girl goes to camp, she grows in self-confidence all while building friendships and learning leadership skills in the great outdoors.”

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.

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 phase one 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 donate@nccoastalpines.org or 800-284-4475.

The groundbreaking event will be held on Monday, March 24, from 10:00a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  at Camp Graham located at 334 Regional Water Lane in Henderson, N.C.  Amongst those invited to attend are local government officials, Weinstein Friedlein Architects, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, community leaders and Girl Scout members. 

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.