Camp Graham, Vance County, NC | Photography by Mark Herboth

At an established lakeside camp, where tented and cabin campsites are proven attractions, the Girl Scouts set out to add a different sort of overnight shelter. They wanted treehouses, something to evoke the sense of adventure, fantasy, delight found in the lofty constructs of backyards and forested hideaways. The 36-person treehouse site at Camp Graham consists of a series of pole structures along the wood’s edge, linked by an elevated path that twists and darts between and around the trees. The challenge in treehouse making is to build without doing harm to the existing trees and extend access to all campers.