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Camp Nocatee

Camp Nocatee

Post hurricane camp nocatee update

Post-Hurricane GSSEF Camp Nocatee Update
(September 21, 2017)

While our camp properties 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.
  • 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.

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.

 

Camp Nocatee occupies 640 acres with a 13 acre lake, swimming pool and campsite units. It is located southwest of Clewiston, Florida. Facilities are available for Troop/Group camping for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Grade levels. A full time camp ranger lives onsite. Camp Nocatee’s facilities include a camp commons area that is includes Founder’s Hall, an activity and dining center that is equipped with a commercial kitchen.  (Only a certified Food Manager may use the commercial kitchen.)  There are also an Infirmary, Director’s Cabin, Cook’s Cabin, a Nature & Arts and Crafts Center and Trading Post in the camp commons area. There are 6 campsite units that troops and service units may reserve at Camp Nocatee. In camp sites 1- 5 there are five cabins per site each sleeping eight. Site 5 is ADA accessible. Site 6 (Tree Tops) has three cabins that are elevated on stilts each sleeping eight individuals.

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outdoor resources
Outdoor Resources  

What can you do to help create an awesome experience while exploring the outdoors? Being comfortable and confident when planning will help. There are eight new outdoor skill-building videos especially for volunteers both new to Girl Scouts and older Girl Scouts as they take younger girls outside. The videos follow the Outdoor Progression in skills-building.  

Each video includes helpful tips that can be used when planning outdoor adventures. They are easily share-able too. Check them out:

  1. Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls 
  2. Taking the Journeys Outside
  3. Planning Your Troop's First Campout
  4. Introduction to Campsite Setup
  5. Introduction to Cooking Outside
  6. How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
  7. Outdoors Songs and Games
  8. Introduction to Fire Building