Area Girl Scouts Benefit from Lodge Restoration, Upgrades
LAFAYETTE HILL PA – A $1.2 million investment by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, combined with $250,000 in contributions from donors, has resulted in the improvement and restoration of its Smith Lodge at Camp Shelly Ridge, 330 Manor Rd., and other parts of the facility.
The 57-year-old, 113-acre camp spans meadows and woodlands across portions of both Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. It annually serves hundreds of Girl Scout campers (at top) from the Tri-County (Montgomery, Berks, and Chester) area, as well as from Bucks, Carbon, Delaware, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties.
The 2022 summer season has generated a record number of registered campers, the Girl Scouts reported.
At the lodge, the organization re-installed a Trombe wall, a passive solar system that collects heat during daytime hours and transfers it evenly at night to heat interior spaces. The project also added a commercial kitchen to provide Girl Scouts with a true dining hall experience; and built a half-moon deck to complete a circle with the lodge’s unique sun dial room.
Overnight camping also was extended with the installation of a tent unit capable of supporting eight new platform tents with decks.
The bulk of the project investment came from the organization’s land, building, and equipment fund. Its completion was unveiled and celebrated, during the Girl Scout Council’s annual meeting in May (2022), with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a commemorative re-opening of the camp. Guests had an opportunity to tour the facilities, peek inside the platform tents, and try their hands at traditional camp activities like archery, gaga, and an indoor climbing wall (above).
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania is the largest girl-serving organization in the state. It intends, it said, to build “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Its staff, working with more than 15,000 volunteers across the council’s nine-county territory, serves nearly 35,000 girls. For more information, call 215-564-2030.
Photos provided by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania