Here are images from our tour of Millstone yesterday.
NC State has decided to close four of the six 4-H camp locations in North Carolina as of January 1, 2014, and this includes our beloved Camp Sertoma. The closing of Camp Sertoma is beyond our control, but we know how important Sertoma Deaf Camp is to the children we serve. We just need some time to sort it out.
This is obviously upsetting to many of us, including you, our deaf camp family! Our committee took immediate action upon receipt of the announcement, and we are already working to find a solution so that we can continue our wonderful camp that supports children with hearing loss and their families.
We are doing everything we can to ensure there will be a deaf camp in 2014, it just will probably happen at a different location than where it has always been. We will let you know just as soon as we know how this will work out. We prefer to view this as just a setback, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that our camp program survives!
Please be patient, and we promise to give you status updates when they are available to us. Thanks for being such fans of Camp Sertoma and our Deaf Camp!
Dear 2012 Regional Convention Attendee:
We hope you had a good time at last year’s event and we invite you to return for the 2013 edition and bring more of your club’s members. This year’s regional convention is just two short months away! We hope to see all of you in Raleigh the weekend of October 10-12 at the Embassy Suites Crabtree. Attached are the registration form, which includes information re how to reserve your room at the hotel, and a brochure which describes the hotel. The rate is only $99 per night and includes a hot buffet breakfast and manager’s reception each evening. Please reserve your room now as the room block is released on September 8. A word to the wise: please reserve ASAP because NCSU has a football game vs. new ACC member Syracuse that Saturday and the hotel is likely to sell out once the block is released.
And, yes, we will have a golf outing on Thursday afternoon, October 8. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be playing at a course voted the best new public golf course in N.C. in 2010. The course is designed by Arnold Palmer. Please write on the registration form that you’re interested in playing golf. When plans are confirmed, you’ll be contacted with further details.
Looking forward to seeing you in Raleigh!
Atlantic Coast Region
We had originally scheduled our family weekend at camp for Aug. 23-25. However, several of our officers (me included) will not be able to be at camp that weekend. Our officers generally help us make up a quorum — and provide valuable input. Given that so few can make it, we would not be able to properly conduct club (or committee) business.
Our next meeting will be in October — both as a club and as a committee.
Thanks for your continuing support of Sertoma Deaf Camp!
Family weekend is coming up so save the date. I am sure Keith Russell and Rob Banks are planning some exciting activities for us to do along with our beloved president Nancy Voiland. Look at your email for an update and keep your eye on this blog!
Deaf Camp 2013 is over. Over 60 campers had a great time in the out-of-doors. This was Brad Hardin’s first year as director and he did an amazing job. Stef Walsh was the assistant director and Sean Batman was the adventure camp coordinator. Many Sertoma Club volunteers stayed the entire week and supported the administration team this year including: Geneva Britt, Janis Henderson-Hunsucker, Jim Womble. We were blessed to also have Sandy Waterman, John Kelly, Randy Mercer, Colette Newman and the ladies from the Old Salem Sertoma Club visit the camp for part of the week. And let us not forget the amazing transportation team that helped move campers all the way across the state: Larry Shealey, George and Jean Bridger, Vernon Royster and Colette Newman to name a few. A big shout out goes to the 4-H administrative team of Keith Russell, Rob Banks, Jade Lawrence and Brittany Grigg. Thanks to the 4-H program specialists for keeping our kids safe and providing excellent programs!!
Our newsletter will be coming out shortly. In the mean time if you are thirsting to see what happened at camp, check out our pictures on Facebook.
Camp Club & Committee Secretary
Are you interested in coming to work weekend April 12-14th? If so, please fill out this form and return to Geneva by April 5th.
Camp Club Secretary
2013 Sertoma Deaf Camp invites children ages 8-16 who are deaf, hard of hearing, or signing CODA’s to join us in the beautiful Sauratown Mountains of Stokes County, North Carolina for a week of fun and adventure from June 16-21, 2013. Campers will be accepted on a first come first serve basis as long as space is available. A non-refundable deposit of $75.00 made payable to Camp Sertoma Club of NC, VA & MD is required with the initial application. If you have questions about Deaf Camp, please email SertomaDeafCamp@gmail.com. Our Deaf Camp Registrar (Sandy Waterman) and/or our Deaf Camp Program Coordinator (Brad Hardin) are happy to answer your questions.
Training days: June 14th, 15th & 16th
Camp week: June 16-21, 2013
Applicants should have skills to work with deaf, hard of hearing and hearing campers. Certified Interpreters as well as ASL 101 students are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with working with children in a camping environment will be considered. Applicants must be at least 18 and have completed high school.
Campers will be assigned to cabins by age group (4 adventurous/outdoorsy staff will be placed in adventure camp). Our ratio of counselors to campers will be 1:4 for each cabin. We are anticipating 5 cabins of boys and 5 cabins of girls and 20 campers in adventure camp. Counselors will stay in the cabins with the campers and accompany them throughout the week to all classes and activities. Signing counselors will work in conjunction with the non-signing summer staff to make the week of Deaf Camp a memorable and meaningful week for all campers.
Summer Camp Signing Staff will be paid depending on experience. Rate will include room and board. You will be paid for the training day(s) as well as camp week.
STAFF POSITIONS Interested in working as part of the Deaf Camp Staff this summer? If so please download and fill out the Staff Application (.doc & .pdf) and email to our Deaf Camp Coordinator, Brad Hardin at email@example.com. DO NOT MAIL YOUR APPLICATIONS TO CAMP SERTOMA (Brad will never get them because they fall into a bottomless hole!!). INSTEAD mail them to Brad Hardin at 332 Dixon Road, Graham, NC 27253
The 2013 Work Weekend has been scheduled for April 12-14 at Sertoma 4-H Center. Keith Russell, Center Director and Mike Bowman the Property Manager have plenty of tasks for us to do.
- Replace benches in fire circle behind recreation hall
- Repaint rocking chairs at Cheshire Hall and Recreation Hall
- Curtain project, Vade Mecum Mavens
- Clean out/re-work flower garden beside camp store
- Paint exterior of Old Salem cabin
- Paint interior of Winston-Salem Cabin
- Pressure wash porch of Cheshire Hall, First and Second floors
- Paint porches of Chapel
- Trim/cut out trees and bushes close to cabins
- Inventory adventure camp supplies
- Benches around bell patio??? (possible fundraising opportunity)
Registration has not started yet, so save the date and visit this website again in a week or two for more information.