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Camp Support

Thanks to community support, we continue to build out the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs to provide the best outdoor leadership experiences for Girl Scouts. With a variety of programs in place, girls discover water safety, environmental leadership and more. This wouldn’t be possible without support from camp partners. Please check out our major corporate partners below.  

Dale Earnhardt Foundation

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. 

Wells Fargo – Environmental Leadership Building

With support from Wells Fargo, we were able to build out and develop our Environmental Leadership Building which is used for campers to explore. This building is used during overnight camp and by volunteers and campers throughout the year. Its classroom set-up allows for collaborative work and hands-on learning opportunities for all members.

With an overarching theme of Wildlife Detectives, the exhibit and classroom areas introduce girls to wildlife as an inspiration to get involved in nature.

Snyder’s-Lance – Sports Complex

Our Sports Complex was completed in 2014 providing Girl Scouts with the opportunity to get outside and play soccer, softball, tennis, basketball and more. Thanks to a generous donation from Snyder’s-Lance, the softball and multi-purpose fields came to life. Now girls are able to explore outdoor activities with friends. 

Bank of America Foundation

The foundation's contribution has allowed for the ongoing development of infrastructure and build out of the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs, a 720+ acre property. This property continues to offer girls a diversity of learning, outdoor experiential and leadership development opportunities while enjoying the great outdoors. 

The Longleaf Fund – Outdoor Pavilion

The Longleaf Fund, a grant program at Foundation For The Carolinas, awarded Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council $100,000 towards the construction of an Outdoor Pavilion structure. The Longleaf Fund’s program invests in capital projects to strengthen the character and achievement of children and youth in communities across the Carolinas. Our Outdoor Pavilion will be our first large outdoor covered area and will hold 250 – 300 people. This development will provide program and activity space during inclement weather while serving as a place for youth to get out of the sun. 

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Coca-Cola's contribution has allowed for the ongoing development of infrastructure and build out of the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs, a 720+ acre property. This property continues to offer girls a diversity of learning, outdoor experiential and leadership development opportunities while enjoying the great outdoors. 

Duke Energy Foundation

Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council received a $99,998 Water Resources Fund grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to continue its commitment to protecting and enhancing regional waterways. Through the Wonders of Water and Wildlife (WoWW) program, Girl Scouts aim to improve water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitats and increase girls’ awareness about their roles in protecting natural resources. At camp, girls participate in hands-on learning opportunities through water-based environmental education on the boardwalk and at our lake. Furthering the Girl Scout mission of making the world a better place, the WoWW program is raising awareness of the importance of protecting, improving and restoring waterways. The Water Resources Fund is a $10 million commitment from Duke Energy to improve water quality, quantity and conservation in the Carolinas and neighboring regions. 

Carolina Thread Trail

Thanks to Carolina Thread Trail, this 2.2 mile natural surface trail is housed on the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs campus and is a beautiful place to hike or mountain bike.

This 2.2 mile natural surface trail is housed on the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs campus and is a beautiful place to hike or mountain bike. The campus hosts camp activities and educational experiences for girls from Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York counties. Nature enthusiasts will love this trail. Plan your adventure and checkout our portion of the trail.