Service Project at Swannanoa 4-H Camping Center

Please read the request below from a fellow WNC 4-H Member:

Do you remember when you first went to summer camp? Do you remember all the friends you made, the fun times, and the lasting memories? We are fortunate enough to have a summer camp open to all youth in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. This camp, the Swannanoa 4-H Education Center, has recently undergone additions and improvements to the main office and health center. There is still a need for a retaining wall and landscaping to prevent the erosion of the hill adjacent the office. You can help support the Center with a contribution that will help the youth of today to have the enjoyable learning experience of summer camp.
My name is Michael Williams and I am a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 138 in Asheville, North Carolina. In order that I may achieve the highest rank in Boy Scouts, the rank of Eagle, I must coordinate and lead a service project benefiting a local, community-serving organization. I have also been part of Henderson County 4-H for 11 years. Because of my dedicated involvement with 4-H, I concluded that I would like my project to benefit that organization.   In 2009, the state budgeted funds for the center to build the Mountain View lodge—which includes the main office, health lodge and residence area. Once completed, there were no funds remaining for any landscaping around the building. Unfortunately, the small wooded hill adjacent to the office—and along the main road across from the center’s swimming pool—had mistakenly been cleared to bare dirt. This has caused erosion problems and has greatly detracted from the aesthetic qualities of the beautiful building and aquatics area. The hill needs a retaining wall, three feet tall by 150 feet long, to hold back the soil and provide a place to plant new trees and bushes.
This project, while providing erosion control, is also aimed at beautifying the open space around the center office/lodge and aquatics area. This will be accomplished by providing a place for landscaping to replace the trees that were inadvertently cut down. My objective is to create a retaining wall that compliments the Mountain View Lodge and will provide a beautiful setting for the 4-H campers for many years to come.
Currently, I am trying to raise the funds required for the project. After searching for the best prices, I have calculated my budget for the entire project, which includes landscaping blocks, base material, and drain pipe, to be around $4,100.  All work will be done by me, with the help of volunteers from my Troop and 4-H.
Understanding the entire budget is quite large, I would be extremely grateful for any contribution.  If you wish to contribute any amount to this project, tax-deductible checks may be made payable to Henderson County 4-H Enhancement, and mailed to Henderson County 4-H, 100 Jackson Park Rd., Hendersonville, NC 28792.

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