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Update: Nice coverage of this installation and more about the Cedar Hill camp from the Waltham Daily Tribune.

This week, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts receives a very special gift for its 100th anniversary:  the revitalization of a portion of the former maze at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.  A Yard & A Half Landscaping, a woman-owned business based in Waltham, is providing the design and installation services for the project at no charge.

The beloved 75-acre site has provided generations of girls around Boston with the opportunity to enjoy traditional camp activities, from swimming and hiking to marshmallow roasting.

Early 20th century postcard of Cedar Hill arborvitae maze and watchtower

Early 20th century postcard of Cedar Hill arborvitae maze and watchtower

Formerly a private estate, Cedar Hill once featured a replica of the maze at Hampton Court Palace in London, complete with 1,000 six-foot tall arborvitae shrubs.  All that remained when the design process began this year were four granite benches and a dry fishpond.

At the site of the former maze, the project will feature a path of commemorative bricks bearing messages from the Girl Scouts’ many friends.

color rendering of Girl Scout commemorative maze

Color rendering of Girl Scout commemorative maze

“The brick maze at Camp Cedar Hill is an important part of our council’s history, and revitalizing a portion of it during our centennial year is a fitting tribute to all of the girls who learned to be leaders at this camp,” said Ruth N. Bramson, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “We are grateful to the alumnae, board members and supporters who invested in our Pathway to Leadership project and to Eileen Michaels and her hard-working team at A Yard & A Half Landscaping, who serve as valuable role models for our campers and their families.”

Donations to the Pathway to Leadership project benefit the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Campership fund, which provides camp experiences to girls with financial need.  A contribution of $300 funds one week of camp for one girl.  Through the campership program, 450 girls received assistance.

About A Yard & A Half

Founded by Eileen Michaels in 1988, A Yard & A Half Landscaping provides complete design and installation services, including certified organic planting and maintenance.  Recognized by Inc. Magazine for its “smart management and enlightened leadership,” A Yard & A Half was selected as a “top small company workplace” in 2010.  It is a multi-year Angie’s list Super Service Award winner.

About Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts serves more than 41,000 girls ages 5-17 and engages 18,000 adult volunteers in 178 communities across eastern Massachusetts with the mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts organization has a rich history and has been the nation’s leading expert on girls for 100 years.

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