Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a new tree house unit at its resident camp on Kerr Lake in Vance County on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Special ribbon cutting dignitaries included Jerry Ayscue, Vance County Manager, and John Barnes, president at Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce. Deborah F. Brown, Vance County Commissioner and Chairperson, also made remarks at the ceremony. Amongst those in attendance were local government officials, Weinstein Friedlein Architects, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, community leaders and Girl Scout members.
“In expanding our Camp Graham property to include the new tree house unit, 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 completed and believe this project is an important addition to our outdoor program.”
Construction of the tree house project is part of the council’s strategic plan which includes improvements 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 six, a bath house, a program pavilion and campfire circle. The units are connected by an elevated walkway and 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 rest of the year.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines operates three additional camps: 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.