Camp Covington’s new, in-ground swimming pool opened with a “Splash” on the first morning of Day Camp Loblolly, with Covington Service Unit Administrator Debbie Melancon, GSLE COO Jill Pollard, Ranger Mike Heyd, and camp program aides, jumping in, fully dressed, to the delight of surprised campers. Catch the splash caught on video!
The 1,200-square-foot, rectangular swimming pool located on the northside of the camp’s dining hall, includes a 10-foot swim out (ledge for sitting), as well as a heater/cooler and lights. It ranges from 3 feet to 8 feet deep (to allow for lifeguard training) and includes a handicap ADA-lift.
The pool was the result of six years of grassroots fundraising on the part of Girl Scout volunteers in Covington and other parts of the council who raised over $40,000 in funds for the pool, as well as a $25,000 donation from Girl Scout alum, Jewel Wunderlich. Pleasure Pools, who designed and constructed the pool, also provided $10,000 of in-kind labor and materials.
Between Louisiana’s temperate weather and the pool’s heater/cooler, the council hopes to keep the pool open most of the year for campers to enjoy. In 2018, 8,328 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.
To see a video of the pool opening go to https://youtu.be/5EcBl9iQvKk