Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines (GS-NCCP) is excited to announce the completion of updates to the Holly Hill Unit at Camp Graham in Henderson, NC. Girl Scouts, volunteers, donors, board members and staff members gathered on Thursday, July 1, 2021, to celebrate with a ribbon cutting and dedication. These renovations were made possible by the Margaret Pickard Sirvis Fund. The ribbon cutting and dedication featured speakers from the GS-NCCP Board of Directors and staff, remarks from Sirvis’s daughter who is also a Girl Scout, and a song led by Girl Scout Troop #2233.
Margaret Pickard Sirvis, known to her fellow Girl Scouts as Peggy, was a Girl Scout for nearly 80 years. Sirvis loved camp and the opportunities it provides for girls to grow in the outdoors when they learn new skills, make friends, create memories, and even sing songs around the campfire. She designated a transformative estate gift to support improvements to Camp Graham.
Thanks to Sirvis’s generosity, campers will enjoy updates to the Holly Hill cabins, including bunk beds and the construction of a fully enclosed, temperature-controlled bathhouse for the unit. Past enhancements made from the Margaret Pickard Sirvis Fund include the Sirius Astronomy Hub, office and staff house renovation, swinging bridge repair, Trailblazer and Holly Hill unit bedding, ranger house siding and repairs, infirmary repairs, and Whipporwill tent platforms. These enhancements help make it possible for girls to become confident leaders in the outdoors while spending time at Camp Graham.
The outdoors has long been a pillar to the Girl Scout experience. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), 83% of Girl Scout camp alums say their first camp experience was at a Girl Scout camp. For more than 100 years, Girl Scout camp has brought girls unmatched outdoor adventure full of learning, challenges, and fun. At camp, girls dive into activities they love, enabling them to discover their values and passions, connect with other girls from a range of backgrounds, and take action to make a meaningful difference in their world.
Learn more about Girl Scouts and how girls are building leadership skills through outdoor experiences, as well as how to invest in girls at nccoastalpines.org.