MACEDONIA, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) received a grant from Wells Fargo to support the development of Seiberling Hammock Village, a one-of-a-kind sleeping space at Camp Ledgewood. The new space offers Girl Scouts a unique sleeping experience by trading in bunk beds for hammocks, giving girls the chance to sleep underneath the stars.
“The Outdoors is one of four program pillars of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said Jane Christyson, CEO of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. “We want every girl to experience nature, especially through camping, so we offer a continuum of camping experiences from cabins to primitive sites. The Hammock Village is designed to be part of a wide range of increasingly challenging offerings at GSNEO camps and provides hammocks that can be used year round, in all types of weather.”
Individual hammock stands will be used outside the cabin, and the hammocks will be secured in a circular pattern to posts and a central tree.
“As a Girl Scout alum, I know how important it was for me to take risks and challenge myself throughout my Girl Scout experience,” said Diana Selzer, vice president of Commercial Banking at Wells Fargo. “These activities laid a firm foundation, helped me to build confidence in my abilities and prepared me for a career as a leader. I am thrilled Wells Fargo chose to support the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and brought this unique outdoor experience to life. By investing in organizations that develop girls and young women, we give them the opportunity to discover their potential and teach them to thrive and succeed.”
The installation of Seiberling Hammock Village is part of a $6.2 million investment at Camp Ledgewood that also includes construction of a new program center, new cabins with expanded sleeping, an additional 160 bed spaces, the installation of Wi-Fi throughout camp and a commemorative brick plaza recognizing some of our most loyal Girl Scout supporters.
Camp Ledgewood is open year round and is located in the village of Peninsula in Summit County, within the boundaries of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This 350-acre camp features low and high rope courses, zip lines, an archery range, hiking trails, an amphitheater, an observatory and Lake Loomis for canoeing, kayaking and nature studies.
The camp is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) and has an average of 3,400 Girl Scout visits every year.
About Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio connects girls to a world of possibilities in a positive and inclusive, girl-led environment. Girls are inspired to discover their passions and empowered to reach their full potential through a proven leadership development program. GSNEO serves 25,200 girls and 12,000 adult volunteer members throughout an 18-county region including Medina, Portage and Summit counties; Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties; Carroll, Stark and Tuscarawas counties; Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties; and Erie, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
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We're 2.5 million strong—1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.