ORLAND, Maine — Thanks to an enterprising high school student, campers in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands can now enjoy a new, Adirondack-style lean-to at the Baker Brook Camping Area near the North Gate of the Wildlands.
Paige Cote of Orland, a Girl Scout and recent graduate of John Bapst High School, organized acquisition of materials and construction of the lean-to, working with a team of volunteers to assemble it offsite and then reconstruct it in the Wildlands earlier this summer.
When her paperwork for the project is completed, Paige will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the equivalent of becoming an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. This fall, Paige plans to attend the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass.
Volunteers working with Paige included Karen Cote, Doug Alley, Brian Keegstra, Rob Mushrall, Geo Atwood, Paul Liebow, Jim Dinnan, Jerry Marancik, Mark Cote, Heather Brown, Cheri Domina, Kris Cook and Sarah McKinley. Materials were donated by Katahdin Cedar Log Homes and EBS Building Supply.
The new lean-to sleeps four campers comfortably with room for two more in a pinch. The Baker Brook Campsite also has room for up to three tents, plus a fire pit and a box toilet.
To see the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust camping policy and make a required reservation, visit greatpondtrust.org or call 469-7190.
A small donation is requested for camping. A second Wildlands campsite, the Mitchville Campground on Hothole Brook, also is open to the public.