The Hills were singing
More than 130 girls, adult volunteers and community leaders turned out for the grand opening of Camp Singing Hills, a Girl Scouts of Alaska owned property in Chugiak Nov. 16.
Speakers included Sen. Anna Fairclough, Senator-elect Bill Stoltze, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Jane Angvik, Camp Singing Hills capital campaign chair.
The main structure on the Camp Singing Hills property had been destroyed in an act of arson in 2009.
The Alaska State Legislature appropriated $500,000 in 2011 to assist with planning and site evaluation of the Camp Singing Hills rebuild project.
The following year, the Legislature appropriated an additional $1.6 million to develop the project.
Bolstered by a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, GSAK’s Camp Singing Hills capital campaign was launched in August 2012.
Construction at Singing Hills began in spring 2013 and was completed this fall.
The new camp features: A 6,500-square-foot lodge fully wired for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and interactive distance learning; yurts for year-round camping; a waterfront area for environmental lake education and canoeing; a playing field; outdoor education sites; and a trail system, including Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible trails.
The project was made possible thanks to GSAK’s many partners including RIM First People, USKH, Cornerstone General Contractors and ARCADIS.