Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma start construction on Camp Trivera
Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma have started construction on its new camp, which is being boasted as a place where the state’s next STEM workforce will be trained. It will also be a site for companies to host retreats or other gatherings. The camp will open in fall 2020.
Camp Trivera will sit on about 17 acres of a 40-acre parcel just east of the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens. The camp was designed by Greater Oklahoma City Chamber member Reese Associates, Inc. and is being built by chamber member Lingo Construction Services, Inc. Chamber member Steve Mason led the property task force in trying to find a great site.
The $12.2 million camp will include a Great Hall with seating for 350 people and an outdoor amphitheater, 60 bunk-style beds, three tree houses, a sleeping porch for hammocks, and two camp sites. There will be space for water activities, a Thunder/Devon Energy basketball court, and a science technology engineering and math (STEM) lab.
Money is still being raised for the camp, with about $2 million left to reach the goal. The capital campaign was led by Honorary Chairs Jean and David McLaughlin, and Amy and Kelly Gray, and Co-Chairs Linda Whittington and Myrla Pierson. All donations made before the end of September will be matched by the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.
The camp will be more than a place to chat with friends under the stars; rather, it’s a place for girls to learn how to become an integral part of the state’s STEM workforce.
According to the Oklahoma State Chamber Research Foundation, Oklahoma employers are struggling to fill STEM positions and that need is expected to grow 8% by 2027. The foundation notes that way one to fill that gap is by diversifying the workforce.
“Girl Scouts has pledged to get 2.5 million girls in to the STEM workforce pipeline by 2025,” said Shannon Evers, Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma CEO. “Camp Trivera is part of our council’s strategy to incorporate this locally. We are encouraging girls’ interest in STEM and want them to pursue careers in the field. We couldn't be prouder to offer such an incredible site to educate girls so they are more courageous in the outdoors and confident in gaining STEM skills our state so desperately needs.”
The property will serve all girls and their families. In fact, more than 60% of the Girl Scouts served by the Oklahoma City-based council come from low-income households and have never had the opportunity to spend the night away from home.
When not in use by Girl Scouts, the property will be available for the entire community including other youth organizations, schools, churches, community groups and companies.
People interested in supporting the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma can visit camptrivera.org and click the donate button at the bottom of the page.