Updated September 19, 2018 1:30 PM
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received for our Camp and our amazing community in Eastern North Carolina. You remind us just how special Camp people really are and we feel so lucky to have you as a part of our family! We know that you want to come on-site and help, but we are just not positioned to have any volunteers there now or in the immediate future. There are ways, however, that you can still make a significant impact.
Many organizations are providing Hurricane relief and aiding in various efforts on the ground. They are organized to distribute supplies in the biggest need areas, and we recommend that you search for one that fits your desired giving and volunteer level.
You can also help by donating to Camp’s Annual Campaign. All of our previously identified needs are still pressing, yet hurricane recovery is now an additional priority. Unrestricted gifts to the Camp Annual Campaign will help us navigate the coming months and meet both new needs as well as important ongoing ones. If you want to designate specifically to site recovery, you can note “Hurricane Florence” in the “Credit a Campaigner” section.
Updated September 17, 2018 11:00 AM
After careful consideration and much discussion, we have decided to cancel Homecoming Weekend at Camp Sea Gull. While we know you share our disappointment, we also know you share our commitment to safety, the well-being of our staff and the long-term recovery of Camp.
In the days ahead, we will be reaching out to each group who had plans this fall at either Sea Gull or Seafarer with additional information and next steps.
As you can imagine, Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer were hit hard by Hurricane Florence. Our immediate priority has been focused on reaching out to our Camp staff who live in the path of the storm, and all reports on that front are positive. We anticipate some staff will have more significant damage to personal property than others, and we’re supporting as a Camp family and helping in any way we can.
As planned before the storm, we have directed available resources toward stabilizing Seafarer first (removing downed trees, clearing roads, debris, etc.) so we can house emergency management personnel and crew workers from Tideland Electric who are positioned to serve those in need in Pamlico County and the surrounding area.
Seafarer appears to have fared much better with regards to downed trees, waterfront erosion and structural damage. Seafarer has minimal damage to cabins and other buildings. As expected, there was major flooding in the marina and boat repair facility but the Joy Boy and keelboats did well in the storm with minimal to no damage.
Sea Gull has sustained more significant damage than Seafarer since the waterfront is more exposed to the northeast wind and waves coming off the sound. Damage at Sea Gull includes substantial waterfront erosion, especially near the Sail Loft and Swim Lake, many downed trees including one on Sea Gull’s office, and submerged lift stations (sewer) that renders Sea Gull unusable until it is repaired. The good news is that we have already been in touch with heavy equipment contractors who can begin the work as soon as they can mobilize equipment and pass safely on state roads.
Piers at both sites, especially the upper wooden portions, will need significant attention.
The damage we are seeing at Sea Gull and Seafarer is on a scale we’ve experienced before, and we have full confidence in our ability to recover and be better than ever for the Spring and Summer of 2019. We are also grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve been receiving.
Many of you have expressed interest in coming to help. We know Camp holds a special place in your heart, as it does ours. However, at this point, we are not positioned to welcome volunteers onsite at either Camp. We want to allow trained professionals time and space to do what needs to be done for both sites to be safe. We will let you know when it’s safe to be onsite and when opportunities to be a part of Camp’s recovery are finalized.
We are still assessing the level of damage and need at Camp and will continue to work on the recovery timeline and plan in the coming days. If you would like to support the inevitable recovery repairs, please donate to the Annual Campaign. To designate this gift specific to these efforts, please put “Hurricane Florence” in the “Credit a Campaigner” section. If you would like to send a check, please make note in the memo line.
Updated September 15, 2018 4:45 PM
Thank you all for your messages of concern. Camp is currently working closely with emergency management personnel to support not only Sea Gull and Seafarer, but the surrounding counties as well. Both Camps did sustain damage during the storm. Sea Gull has significant waterfront erosion and trees have fallen on some of the buildings and cabins. At Seafarer, the grounds are heavily flooded, particularly by the marina, and downed trees caused minor issues to the buildings.
Many of you have so graciously expressed interest in coming to help. We know that Camp holds a special place in people’s hearts and that everyone is eager to pitch in and get everything back to normal. At this point, we ask that you wait to do so and allow trained professionals to come first and both assess the situation and do what needs to happen in order for the grounds to be safe. As always, the safety of those at Camp is our number one priority and we thank you for your patience in wanting to assist.
Please continue to keep those in the Camp community in your thoughts and prayers.
Please continue to check back for more updates.
Updated September 14 ,2018 6:00 PM
Thank you all so much for your ongoing thoughts and prayers for Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer. We continue to monitor the storm as it progresses and impacts our coast and our Camps. The safety and well-being of our staff remain our highest priority and we will update you as we are able. We ask that you also keep those who are still in the community and the surrounding areas in your thoughts and prayers.