March 24, 2020 In keeping with NC Executive Order 120 closing K-12 public school statewide through May 15, banning mass gatherings over 50 people, and closing some businesses, Camp Dixie is officially closed to retreats until May 15.
March 19,2020 Registration Deposits and Automatic Drafts
In our previous COVID-19 statement from March 16, we communicated the following about summer camp:
1. At this time, we are moving forward with all our 2020 summer camp programs as scheduled.
2. In the event that our 2020 camp sessions have to be cancelled due to the virus, camp families will receive a full refund.
In light of all the uncertainties families are facing right now due to COVID-19, we are implementing the following plan to simplify the process and help ease the financial stress that families are currently facing:
1. Between now and May 18, families can register their campers for summer camp without putting down a $30 deposit. This does not alter the total cost of summer camp. It just makes it so you can register without a deposit.
2. Some of you have set up automatic draft payments for your child’s camp registration. We will not be processing automatic draft payments between now and May 1. For families who had set up automatic drafts, you will be contacted before we resume the drafts.
3. In the event that we have to cancel summer camp, registration refunds will be mailed via check.
As more information becomes available, we will keep you updated and informed.
March 16, 2020 Over the past week, all of us have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis in ways we never imagined. We’ve all watched as leaders from both our State and Federal Governments declared a State of Emergency in an effort to protect our citizens during this pandemic.
Because the safety of our campers and guests is our priority, we made the difficult decision to postpone all scheduled guest groups and retreats until (MAY 15). Guest groups were contacted and have been given the opportunity to reschedule. We will continue to monitor news and reports about COVID-19, follow the guidance of The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NC DHHS and our federal and state governments.
At this time, we are moving forward with all our 2020 summer camp programs as scheduled. We continue to receive camper registrations for all our summer camp sessions through our online system. Using online platforms, we are interviewing and hiring staff, conducting planning meetings and putting everything in place for another summer of excellent camp experiences for your family. For several weeks now, we have been evaluating procedures for summer camp admittance (such as screening for temps, health history, travel history and respiratory status) and will publish updated procedures in the months leading up to camp.
It is our prayer that the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 will be effective in the months ahead so that it will no longer be a threat to our nation by the time summer camp rolls around. In the event that our 2020 camp sessions have to be cancelled due to this virus, we want to reassure our camp families that you will receive a full refund on your child’s registration.
We are praying daily for relief from this pandemic and for the health and well-being of every person, and specifically for our Camp Dixie partners, staff, families, and guest groups. May you and your family experience the peace and love of God, bringing you hope amidst this difficult time.
ECU Student Transitions Staff
Campus Christian Fellowship
Charismatic Renewal Retreat
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Our Golf Tournament, originally scheduled for May 10 has been postponed until September 18, 2020. Join us this year for our annual Tony Jernigan Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept 18 at Cypress Lake Golf Course in Hope Mills, NC!
All net proceeds from the tournament will be used to provide scholarship for campers who cannot afford the cost of summer camp.
For decades, Camp Dixie has been a place where people have come to faith in Christ in a community of deep and lasting relationships. Listen as Camp Alumni and members of Founding Families, share their fond memories of camp. Click here to go to video.
Don't wait to register for summer camp! Families have been registering since early Fall! Why?
EASE FINANCIAL STRESS - Many families register early so that they can make small payments towards summer camp throughout the year. It takes the financial stress off of next spring, ensuring that your child doesn't miss out on camp due to unexpected bills.
RESERVE THE SESSION YOU WANT - Registering early also ensures that your child is enrolled in the session of camp that works best for your schedule. We offer several session options for campers enrolled in Kids' Camps.
Click on the photo to go to the Summer Camp 2020 page!
Applications are now open for our CIT Program!!!
What is a CIT?
A counselor-in-training (CIT) is a camper who wants to receive training to serve in a future position as a counselor at Camp Dixie. They attend a weekend training session, complete assignments, and, if chosen after training, will be given the opportunity to serve this summer for one or more weeks alongside an experienced camp counselor. This program is designed to mature teens in areas of leadership development, teamwork and to provide spiritual mentoring in a Christian environment.
Who can Apply?
• Teens entering grades 10-12 in Fall of 2020
• A follower of Jesus Christ
• Actively involved in a local church
• Will attend Teen Camp #2 this year as a camper (previous attendance not required)
For a full description of our CIT Program click on the photo to be redirected to our staff page
At the beginning of January, we reported that we overshot our projected fundraising goal of $40,000 for the restoration of the road to the hilltop by just over $8,000. That was and is amazing! We are so thankful!
Last week, we learned that we had significantly underestimated the amount of our final bill. While it feels embarrassing to share our mistake with you, we felt like we owed it to you since so many of you have been walking this path with us since September, praying for us and giving generously to the project. The revised total for project comes in at $57,000.
The only thing that has changed is that the finish line moved! To date, we have received over $48,000 in donations. Less than $9,000 left to go.
Read more . . . /donate/florence-road-restoration
With summer camp fast approaching, we wanted to post an update on our lake water status. Last fall, there were many news stories related to the Chemours plant and the discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River. This was of concern to all of us due to our close proximity to Chemours. Our returning camper families may remember receiving an email from us last November concerning the lake water test results from the NC Department of Environmental Quality. The email is posted below.
You may want to read the letter posted below from the NC Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHS) in response to our questions about whether our lake would still be safe for recreational use of the BLOB and waterslide that would submerge campers briefly during their five-day session with us.
Your child’s health and safety are of utmost importance to us, and for that reason, we have continued to monitor this situation for any new developments that could impact them while they are here. Camp Dixie’s drinking water is supplied by Bladen County Public Works and according to Kip McClary, Bladen County’s general services manager, the well that supplies our water at Camp Dixie was tested at 11 parts per trillion. That is less than 10 percent of the state’s provisional health goal of 140 parts per trillion for public drinking water safety.
The state tested the creek leading out of our dam a few months ago and found a GenX concentration 27% lower than the numbers found in the lake last October. The NCDEQ will test the lake again next fall. At this time, we have no further information to report to you concerning the GenX situation.
The bottom line continues to be: according to the state and county agencies conducting the tests, our water is safe to drink and we can safely enjoy our lake in the same ways we always have.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
- November 2017 email to Camper parents
- For additional information concerning water safety in our lake, please read this letter from the DHHS. 11-6-17
- For additional information from ATSDR concerning exposure to
PFAS, see this resource.