In 2013, The Dale Earnhardt Foundation awarded a $2 million gift to Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council in support of the development of our 700-acre Oak Springs property, serving as a retreat for Girl Scouts and leaders. In recognition of the gift, which is the largest ever granted by the foundation and the largest single gift ever received by Hornets’ Nest, the campus at Oak Springs was named the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs, in honor of the legendary NASCAR driver.
The Dale Earnhardt Foundation was created in 2002 with a goal to “Continue the Legend” of Mr. Earnhardt who won the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship seven times and was elected to the inaugural induction class at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Foundation’s primary philanthropic focus is on children, education and wildlife/environmental preservation and the mission of the Dale Earnhardt Foundation and goals of Hornets’ Nest Council align ideally, making the signature gift even more meaningful.
The foundation’s grant has allowed for the ongoing development of the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs property, including our 25-acre lake. This property continues to offer girls a diversity of learning, outdoor experiential and leadership development opportunities while enjoying the great outdoors.
We are thrilled about how this partnership positively impacts girls now and in the future.