‘Fun and unique way’ to enjoy outdoors

Girl Scouts to build tree house facility
Mar. 26, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Girl Scouts on Kerr Lake could be sleeping in the trees as early as this summer.

The North Carolina Coastal Pines branch of the Girl Scouts broke ground on the new tree house at Camp Graham on Monday.

Lisa Jones, chief executive officer, said the idea for the facility came out of a planning process in 2009.

“Having just completed a strategic planning process, this project was born out of a commitment to continue to improve our camp properties and provide more year-round experiences for our girls and adults,” Jones wrote in an email.

“These tree houses will be a fun and unique way for our membership to experience the outdoors.”

In September 2012, Girl Scouts – North Carolina selected a tree house unit concept and site plan developed by Weinstein Friedlein Architects based in Carrboro.

The facility, which will add 72 beds to Camp Graham, consists of six tree house units each designed to sleep 12, 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 standards set by the American Disability Act.

“We envision that summer residents will be able to put girls there, and troops from any of the 41 counties can reserve the facility during the off-season,” said Krista Park, marketing and communications director.

Camp Graham, which sits on 155-acres, contains two platform tent units, two cabin units, an open-air amphitheater, a dining hall, and open fields for tent camping and group activities.

Park said Durham-based CT Wilson Construction has been contracted for this project and completion is expected for this summer.

“We are really excited to offer this new facility to our girls,” Park said.

 

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