Girl Scout Camp Covington will soon begin adding an in-ground swimming pool to its amenities, largely due to the grassroots fundraising efforts of local volunteers and a $25,000 donation from a Girl Scout alum, announced the Girl Scouts Louisiana East council. According to Jill Pollard, the council’s Chief Development Officer, Program and Properties, they plan to break ground for the pool before Christmas with hopes to have it completed and ready for use by early 2019.
For the last five years Girl Scout volunteers in Covington and other parts of the council have raised over $40,000 for the camp to have a swimming pool. They are no strangers to raising funds for Camp Covington, having raised money previously for stairs providing easy access to the shallow Bogue Falaya River, which runs adjacent to the 23-acre camp.
Camp Covington’s 1,200-square-foot, rectangular swimming pool will be located on the north side of the camp’s dining hall, and include a 10-foot swim out (ledge for sitting), as well as a heater/cooler and lights. It will range from 3 feet to 8 feet deep and will also include a handicap ADA-lift.
“We’re very excited that this long-awaited project is coming to fruition,” said Pollard. “Between our temperate weather and the heater and cooler we’re adding, the pool will be available for use by campers most of the year.”
In 2017, over 7,350 individuals utilized the council’s three camp properties of which Camp Covington is the oldest, having opened in 1927. Encouraging girls to spend time outdoors, where they gain important skills, is an essential part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.