Girls Scouts' Camp Cedar Hill In Waltham Celebrates 100 Years

Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe (WBZ NewsRadio)

WALTHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts celebrated a centennial milestone for Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham Thursday.

The camp's origins date back to May 11, 1923, when the trustees of Cornelia Warren's estate donated 75 acres of land to the Girl Scouts that is still in use today.

Senior Director of Outdoor Program and Facilities Joanna Lenahan gave WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe a tour of the grounds, which includes a 30 ft. high rock climbing wall, high ropes course, and archery setup.

"[We] give the campers an experience that they might not usually get in the city, and it’s really become popular," Lenahan said.

Describing the camp's pond, Lenahan said, "We do basics to canoeing. We also do science exploration and they get to hunt for frogs, we do release them back."

350 girls a week from Greater Boston and the North and South Shores will come to Camp Cedar Hill this summer, earning badges in much more than homemaking, sewing, and cooking.

"We have five year olds doing robot design, and they progress to doing a design-a-car, to going to visit a nuclear scientist," Lenahan said.

As someone who grew up at Camp Cedar Hill, Lenahan holds it in a very special place in her heart.

"It has been where I can be me," Lenahan said. "I have made lifelong friendships, but also it is my safe space, and that it was what I want to create for campers."

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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