Eagle Island, Inc. is sponsoring a celebration of Great Camp Eagle Island on Wednesday, August 15, at 7 pm at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. The event will feature award-winning Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren.
Eagle Island was designed in 1903 by Adirondack architect William Coulter for Levi P. Morton, the former U.S. Vice President and former Governor of New York. In 1910 the camp was sold to Henry Graves Jr. who donated this Great Camp to the Girl Scout Council of the Oranges, New Jersey in 1937. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003, it was operated as a summer Girl Scout Camp for 70 years thru 2008; in 2010 the Girl Scouts put Eagle Island up for sale.
In 2015, with the donation of $2.45 million from an anonymous source, the island was purchased by a non-profit organization, Friends of Eagle Island, now Eagle Island Inc. The group’s mission “is to inspire and empower girls and young women to be confident, collaborative and courageous.”
Local contractors have been restoring the infrastructure and work on the grounds is being done by volunteers. The facility plans to open on a limited basis for girls and families in 2019, but is expected to expand to a youth camp in the future according to Christine Wubbolding, President of Eagle Island.
In a statement sent to the press, Executive Director Paula Michelsen said “our vision is to provide an environmentally responsible island camp experience for youth, with an emphasis on girls and young women, while preserving Eagle Island’s natural and historic character. Eagle Island, Inc. aims to develop leadership and team building skills through premier programming to help young people succeed in today’s global landscape.”
An emphasis on respect for the environment and preserving the natural beauty and history of Eagle Island’s piece of the Adirondacks has led to the partnering with Mr. Berggren and Mr. Hornbeck for the August 15th events at The Wild Center, according to organizers.
The evening will conclude with a drawing for a an ultra-light Hornbeck Canoe.
You can learn more about the raffle, the events of the evening, and to make reservations for August 15th, here.
For questions, contact email@example.com or call (585) 478-0213.
The Wild Center is located at 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Photos of Eagle Island Camp and Dan Berggren provided.
A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.