We are so excited to announce the completion of updates to the Holly Hill Unit at Camp Graham! These renovations were made possible by the Margaret Pickard Sirvis Fund. Girl Scouts, volunteers, donors, board members and staff members gathered on Thursday, July 1, 2021, to celebrate with a ribbon cutting and dedication. The event 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. After the dedication and ribbon cutting, attendees had the chance to check out the updates with a tour of the camp.
Margaret Pickard Sirvis, known to her fellow Girl Scouts as Peggy, was a Girl Scout for nearly 80 years. Peggy 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. Read more about Peggy and her Girl Scout experiences in this blog post.
Past enhancements made from the Margaret Pickard Sirvis Fund for Camp Graham Revitalization:
- The Sirius Astronomy Hub, 2017
- Camp Graham Office Renovation, 2018
- Camp Graham Staff House Renovation, 2018
- Swinging Bridge Repair, 2018
- Trailblazer and Holly Hill Unit Bedding, 2018
- Ranger House Siding and Repairs, 2019
- Infirmary Repairs, 2019
- Whippoorwill Tent Platforms, 2019
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.
We couldn’t be more grateful for the generosity of Peggy and her family and to all of our donors that make the camp experience available to girls. Learn more about how girls are building leadership skills through outdoor experiences and how to invest in girls on our website!