- Sandhills Chrysalis
We’re going ALL OUT for Summer Camp 2019! Join us at Camp Dixie this summer for the ultimate island challenge! Registration is officially open for Summer Camp 2019! Registering early benefits families in a couple of ways. FIrst of all, it ensures that your child gets a place in the week that is most convenient with your family schedule and with specific friends with whom they want to attend camp. Some of our sessions filled up last summer and campers had to be placed on a waitlist. Registering early also helps families by making it possible for them to pay for the cost of camp throughout the year. Get more information on Summer Camp 2019 here.
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
We are excited to welcome Leigh Radford to our full-time year-round staff as our new Registrar/Receptionist. A native of Benson, NC, Leigh grew up coming to Camp Dixie as a camper, went through our CIT program, and served as a Counselor for Summer Camp. She participated in Project SaM as a student and as a mentor. After spending a couple of great years serving with a ministry in Nicaragua, she is excited to begin her training in order to take on a new ministry role at Camp Dixie!
We had a beautiful day for our annual Harvest Day on October 13! There was friendly competition in our Volleyball, Horseshoes, and Cornhole Tournaments. Crowds enjoyed being outdoors as they placed bids at the Silent Auction, painted a pumpkin, played Gaga ball and caught up with old friends. Total funds raised this year exceeded $93,000.
Executive Director Ronnie LaFevers expressed his thanks at the end of the day, " Much thanks to our ACCENC participating churches for their love and devotion to our camp. Much thanks to our awesome staff for continuing to be the best staff in Christian Camping. So thankful for a very devoted Board of Directors. Crazy thanks to our volunteers. I am blown away by God's continued provision for His ministry at Camp Dixie."
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.