Post-Hurricane GSSEF Property Update
(September 21, 2017)
We hope all of our members stayed safe during the hurricane and that your recovery and repair process is going smoothly. We are pleased to share that the Jupiter Service Center and Retail Store, Broward Administrative Office and the Broward Pop-Up Shop sustained no damage and have been operating business as usual since last week. Additionally, our new GSSEF Administrative Headquarters in Lake Worth was equally as lucky and only has some minor landscaping repairs.
Although on our camp properties we did see some damage, we are very lucky to have avoided the type of damage that a direct impact might have created.
Camp Nocatee in Clewiston sustained a significant number of downed trees. Camp Ranger Steve Woodby estimates that 40% of the trees fell due to the sustained, high winds. Two cabins at Site 3 were severely damaged by falling trees. Steve is in the process of contacting tree service contractors for quotes and timelines to cut and remove these trees and others that block roadways and sites.
Although the Ranger's House, Founder's Hall, Cook's Cabin and other buildings at the front of the property lost power during the hurricane, power was restored to that area on September 18. Additionally, the majority of electrical transformers that feed power to the camp sites were damaged beyond repair. Several power poles fell down and will require replacement. This is the responsibility of Glades Electric, who estimates that all repairs will be completed and power should be restored in approximately six weeks.
- Due to this, GSSEF must temporarily close Camp Nocatee, and anticipate re-opening at the beginning of November. The only Service Unit that had a Camporee scheduled during this time is Phoenix. That Service Unit team has already been contacted and has opted to move their event to an alternate county park.
Camp Welaka in Jupiter sustained minor damage throughout the property. Examples include six bathroom and shower doors blown, two bathroom doors destroyed beyond repair, one shower wall destroyed, twelve broken windows, two roof turbines damaged beyond repair and two metal cabin roofs damaged.
- Unfortunately, we must also temporarily close Camp Welaka while repair and replacement work takes place. At this time, we anticipate re-opening Camp Welaka in mid-October.
Troop Camp Training (TCT), originally scheduled at Camp Nocatee, will now be offered at Camp Welaka on October 14-15, as Camp Nocatee will still be closed. Our adult volunteers will be able to register for this training via the GSSEF website next week. We will also be able to keep the planned work day with the FPL/Next Era "Women In Energy Group" on Saturday, October 14, as well as proceeding with the new Council-led Camporee for Brownie and Junior grade-levels scheduled for October 21-22.
Please keep in mind that the timelines for reopening our camp properties are tentative based on the current information we have. As work is completed, we will share an exact date of re-opening. If you have questions about any of the properties, please reach out to Cindy McHeran at email@example.com.