The master planning study integrates the seven priorities of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri Outdoor Task Force Report - aquatics, equestrian, sports, STEM, high adventure & challenge course, excursion and camp experience - with the landscape character of each of the three subject camps to foster the progression of learning and experience for all ages of Girl Scouts.
Additionally, our study process examined four key components at each camp - landscape character and form, camp core, circulation and spatial relationships. The following images illustrate examples of these components at Camp Prairie Schooner.
Landscape Character and Form. Each of the three camps is characterized by unique, dramatic landscapes. Camp Daisy Hindman is largely wooded, with ridges, slopes and rock outcrops as illustrated in the above image above. Camp Prairie Schooner is characterized by a large central and wooded stream valley and tallgrass prairie ridges and slopes as shown in the image to the left. Camp Tongawood's key features include a wooded slope (similar to Prairie Schooner) and a large wetland and meadow.
Camp Core. Each camp's core presents a dominant visual presence as the property's main space for arrival, all-camp activities and other significant, ceremonial and traditional events. The camp core is the place where informal and formal activities can take place and where iconic landmarks establish lasting memories of camp. The master planning process aimed to accentuate the existing camp core at each site.
Circulation. Effective and efficient vehicular and pedestrian circulation through each camp is critical for the safe and appropriate experience of each place. The master planning study considers both modes of circulation to create safe routes through and between program areas at each camp. Circulation, as it relates to the camp core, is also thoughtfully considered so as to foster an appropriate sense of arrival at each camp.
Spatial Relationships. Spatial relationships between key program areas and structures is carefully examined in the master planning process. The planning aim is to integrate program and experience with each camp's unique landscape character, existing structures, ceremonial and traditional spaces.