HagerSmith Design was retained by the Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts of America to create a new master plan for its 2,400 acre Scout Reservation in Moore County, NC. The new master plan, which included a Boy Scout camp, Cub Scout camp, a family camp, and a Leadership Training Center, encompassed both the redevelopment of existing facilities as well as the development of new areas. Camp Durant, the Boy Scout camp, was designated for first phase development.
The plan for this Camp was guided by four key concepts: First, to create a “heart” for the Camp- the Grand Lodge. Second, to site the Grand Lodge at a central location in the camp where it would be convenient to more program areas and associated with the Camp’s main lake and waterfront area. Third, to reorganize the camp’s program areas to create a central activity core to promote a “village” feel. Finally, to minimize disturbance of new areas while taking over used areas out of service for environmental habitat recovery.
After completing the overall Master Plan, HagerSmith Design donated its services for the design of the Grand Lodge. As the “heart” of Camp Durant, the Grand Lodge building includes a dining hall for 700, a trading post for supplies, a grill/quick service area as a “hang-out,” offices and storage. The Lodge’s site plan includes parking, service area, troop assembly lawn, outdoor eating patio, and two honoring “courts:” an Eagle Court and a Flag Court for recognizing donors. The Grand Lodge was strategically sited on a knoll, central to the Camp’s program core and overlooking the main lake and the aquatic program area.