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Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida operates two camps, a Service Center in Jupiter and a Broward Administrative Office. Camp properties are used throughout the year for day and weekend outdoor programs, summer resident camp, Service Unit and Troop camping and outdoor activities.  Jupiter Service Center has a Girl Scout Retail Store. To get a glimpse of our beautiful properties, check out our camp video

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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

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

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 cmcheran@gssef.org.

 

 

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Camp Welaka - We have important news to share about The Lodge at Camp Welaka here. (Posted Oct. 25, 2016)

Important News about The Lodge at Camp Welaka (October 2016)

We have important news to share about The Lodge at Camp Welaka. On October 6th, strong sustained winds from Hurricane Matthew lifted the Camp Welaka Lodge up from its foundation. This movement caused some unforeseen damage that weakened it. Council staff have already met with a structural engineer, and while repairs are required, the structural integrity of The Lodge can be restored.

This is unfortunate, but we are pleased to report, it looks to be a temporary situation. GSSEF is actively seeking the required professional repair bids, per our Council Financial Policies and Procedures, because we intend to repair the damage. We know how important access to outdoor activity and education is for Girl Scouts – we want girls and troops to continue to utilize and enjoy GSSEF camp property. Our highest priority is ensuring the safety and security of our members.

Next Steps

The next steps will include: receiving sketches from the structural engineer, selecting a contractor, coordination with the City’s Buildings and Inspection team, repair period, inspections and finally the reopening of The Lodge. We anticipate this process will take place beginning now through February; therefore barring any unexpected delays or expenses, The Lodge can reopen in March 2017.

Steps That Have Been Taken

We also realize that this situation could potentially interrupt plans to utilize the property. Here are the steps we have already taken to share this news and accommodate our GSSEF Troops, Service Units, volunteers and girls:

  • Our Customer Care staff have already communicated with each Service Unit with a Camporee/Ingathering date, scheduled at Camp Welaka in this time frame, through its’ Service Unit Volunteer Manager (SUVM). Each Service Unit, in partnership with the Camporee/Ingathering team, will be able to make a decision about the individual events. If you know that your Service Unit is affected, please contact your SUVM directly.

If you have any questions about this information, here’s a list of contacts:

  • Information about The Lodge and it’s repair schedule: Vice President of Properties and Outdoor Initiatives Cindy McHeran at 561-427-0179
  • Information about Camporees/Ingatherings: Troop Support Specialist Asha Robinson at 954-513-3762