Please Note: We have important news to share with you about The Lodge at Camp Welaka - click here. (Posted Oct. 25, 2016)
Located on a portion of Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Tequesta, Florida, Camp Welaka occupies 640 acres, including a swimming pool, lake and river access. Facilities are provided for daytime and Troop/Group Camping for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador age levels. A full time camp ranger lives on site. Camp Welaka facilities include a combination of both platform tent and cabin sites. A lodge, an activity and dining center is equipped with a commercial kitchen. (Only a certified Food Manager may use the commercial kitchen.)There are three platform tent sites with eight tents, each sleeping four. An additional platform tent site has four tents each sleeping four. Cabins are available at two sites, one with six cabins each sleeping four and another with eight cabins. Also, a Cook’s Cabin that sleeps 14 individuals is available. A Unit House is located at each site for eating and activities. An ADA accessible Bunk House may also be reserved. There is also a Director’s Cabin and an Infirmary.
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.
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.
- We must relocate the upcoming Signature Program “Welaka Winter Wonderland” – scheduled on Saturday, December 3, 2016. There are so many dedicated community partners and passionate volunteers working on this program, we absolutely want to offer it! The new location is The Pine School located at 12350 S.E. Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455. All of the other “Welaka Winter Wonderland” details are staying the same…time, price, program and patch! If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, we hope you will register your troop today!
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 Operations Cindy McHeran at 561-427-0179
- Information about Camporees/Ingatherings: Troop Support Specialist Asha Robinson at 954-513-3762
- Information about “Welaka Winter Wonderland”: Director of Girl Experience Meredith Slaymaker at 561-427-6905