Camp Douglas Long
Camp Douglas Long is the best place to create a resource center for sustainability in Greensboro. The cypress grove on the land is not only beautiful but very old and something that should be preserved as part of Greensboro’s history. It is located within city limits, only 20 minutes from Downtown Greensboro, with close access to major highways. In addition to being easily accessible, it already has the basic infrastructure required for a resource center – this includes wells, septic systems, plumbing and buildings with electricity. There are 42 camp structures – some cabins and some scout-style tents on raise platforms – which will be the site of workshops for natural building materials such as cob. A residential house near the entrance will demonstrate for families how they can implement sustainable living practices at home. The dining hall and walking trails will welcome sustainable weddings and other events. Ducks, whose eggs will go into CSA baskets, will find a comfortable home in the pond on site. The swimming pool is ready to become the fishery for the aquaponics system. The wooded areas will make an enjoyable and productive food forest. Piedmont Center for Sustainability will seek other properties if we are unable to secure Camp Douglas Long, however we can think of no better way to memorialize a piece of Girl Scout history than to revitalize it and turn it into an important resource for residents of Greensboro and the entire Triad region.