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Camp Kateri

Camp Kateri is located in Hawthorne, Fla., just 30 minutes southeast of Gainesville. Camp Kateri is a 550-acre property with opportunities for archery, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, hiking and exploration. The main gate is locked and requires a code, which will be given upon confirmation of reservation.

There are 311 beds available; additional overnight capacity can be accommodated by pitching tents, with ranger approval. Additional capacity requires rental of one portable toilet per 20 people.

Camp information

• Address: 183 Camp Shalom Trail, Hawthorne, FL 32640
• Troop camping prices*
• Camp map
• Ranger: John Burke, (352) 209-5855

*Prices apply only to Gateway Council troops. Troops outside Gateway Council can contact Andrea Mieres at (904) 421-3480.

Units

Hankley Air (North)

Maximum capacity: 16
Contains four screened cabins in a semicircle. Cabins each contain four metal cots with mattresses. Each cabin has a short set of stairs up to screened front door with interior hook-and-eye lock.  Cabins have planked floors. A shared bath house with toilets and showers  is located between Air and Sea. This unit is nearest the swimming area at Hankley Lake. No unit house. Telephone for emergency and local calls is located near utility shed closest to Hankley Lake.

Hankley Sea (South)

Maximum capacity: 16
Contains four screened cabins in a semicircle. Cabins each contain four metal cots with mattresses. Each cabin has a short set of stairs up to screened front door with interior hook-and-eye lock. Cabins have planked floors. A shared bath house with toilets and showers is located between Air and Sea. This unit is nearest the swimming area at Hankley Lake. No unit house. Telephone for emergency and local calls is located near utility shed closest to Hankley Lake.

Bunkhouses

Maximum capacity: 44
Two cabins and three platform tents. Cabins each contain 16 metal bunk beds with mattresses. Cabins both face a fire circle. Cabins have a paved porch area, screened front door, shuttered windows with screens and a paved interior floor. Platform tents each contain four metal cots with mattresses. Tents have planked floors. Two tents are located behind the kitchen fly (pavilion with picnic tables); one tent is located near the entrance of the unit. A bath house contains restrooms and showers. Cabins and bath house are equipped with electricity; a refrigerator is located in the unit. 

Daisy Lodge

Maximum capacity: 32
Single structure central to Dining Hall and Main Parking Area. Three rooms contain 22 metal bunk beds with mattresses, plus 10 mattresses to sleep on the floor. House is equipped with electricity and contains refrigerator and microwave. Telephone is available for emergency and local calls. House has paved floors. Fire circle is located just east of the building. Daisy Lodge is wheelchair accessible.

Lilypad

Maximum capacity: 48
Contains four cabins and four platform tents. Each cabin has electricity with overhead lights and ceiling fans. Each cabin contains eight metal cots with mattresses. Cabins have a covered and paved front porch. Platform tents contain four metal cots with mattresses. Tents have planked floors. Tents open to paved walkway that connects each sleeping structure and the unit house. Cabins and unit house are wheelchair accessible.

Cabins and tents are arranged in a semicircle around unit house with paved connecting walkways. Unit house contains one large room with kitchenette (refrigerator and microwave) and attached bathrooms with showers. House is equipped with electricity and includes power outlets and exhaust fans, as well as functioning fireplace and folding tables and chairs. Telephone is available for emergency and local calls. Floor is concrete. Windows can be opened. House has paved front and back porches. External lighting is controlled by covered switch on outside of house. A fire circle with benches is located near the unit house.

Lonestar

Maximum capacity: 48
Contains nine platform tents. Each tent has four metal cots with mattresses. Tents have planked floors. Tents are arranged beneath trees near an enclosed unit house that includes a functioning fireplace, a kitchenette (refrigerator and microwave), and attached bath house. House is equipped with electricity, ceiling fans, overhead lighting and power outlets. Telephone is available for emergency and local calls. A fire circle with benches is located near the unit house.

Nancy's Nook

Maximum capacity: 15
Enclosed unit house with sleeping area and full kitchen. Contains eight wooden bunk beds, six trundle beds and one metal cot with mattresses. House has partially covered, planked porch. Attached bathrooms with showers. House is equipped with electricity and includes power outlets and ceiling fans, as well as a functioning fireplace and folding tables and chairs. Telephone is available for emergency and local calls. Floor is concrete. Windows can be opened. A fire circle is located between the house and the water. Nancy’s Nook is next to McCarthy Lake and the boathouse.

Rainbow Circle

Maximum capacity: 20
Contains five platform tents. Each tent has four metal cots with mattresses. Tents have planked floors. Tents are arranged around a fire circle. No unit house. Kitchen fly (pavilion with picnic tables) is located next to fire circle. Unit shares bath house with Dining Hall. Bath house includes separate facilities for male campers.

Seagull Port

Maximum capacity: 22
Contains one cabin and one platform tent. Octagonal cabin contains 18 wooden bunk beds with mattresses; tent contains four metal cots with mattresses. Center of cabin houses kitchenette (microwave an refrigerator) and bathrooms; cabin is equipped with electricity. Cabin has shuttered, screened windows. A kitchen fly (pavilion with picnic tables) is located near the cabin. A shared fire circle with benches is located between Port and Starboard. Wheelchair accessible.

Seagull Starboard

Maximum capacity: 22
Contains one cabin and one platform tent. Octagonal cabin contains 18 wooden bunk beds with mattresses; tent contains four metal cots with mattresses. Center of cabin houses kitchenette (microwave an refrigerator) and bathrooms; cabin is equipped with electricity. Cabin has shuttered, screened windows. A kitchen fly (pavilion with picnic tables) is located near the cabin. A shared fire circle with benches is located between Port and Starboard. Wheelchair accessible.

Treehouses

Maximum capacity: 40
Contains 9 cabins on stilts. Each cabin contains four built-in wooden bunk beds with mattresses. Cabins are enclosed on the sides with screened front and back. Flight of wooden stairs leads to small porch area. Front door has hook-and-eye latch; rear emergency door locks with a slide bolt.

Enclosed unit house contains four beds with mattresses. Unit house is equipped with electricity and contains a full kitchen, exhaust fan, functioning fireplace and windows that can be opened. Telephone is available for emergency and local calls. Floor is concrete. Windows can be opened. Separate bath house includes toilets and showers.

**Note: Treehouses are only available to girls and troops who are Juniors and older.

  

Other areas

Archery Range

Description coming soon.

Boats

Description coming soon.

Dining Hall

Description coming soon.

Other equipment

Description coming soon.

Hankley Lake

Description coming soon.

McCarthy Lake

Description coming soon.

  

Important information

Check-in

Upon arrival, all vehicles should park in the main parking area. All vehicles should back in. One emergency vehicle should park at the unit by backing into the designated space; this vehicle should not move unless used for an emergency. Campers can utilize wheelbarrows to load extra gear and walk to the campsite. Camp-trained volunteer should call the ranger to let him know campers have arrived. (See property description for location of telephones.) At time of check-in, make arrangements with the camp ranger for check-out. If your actual arrival time will differ more than one hour from the estimated arrival time indicated on your troop camp reservation, please call the camp ranger to notify them of any change in plans.

Garbage containers

Containers are available at all camps and unit houses. Campers must bring their own heavy-duty trash bags. Place full bags in the dumpster located in front of the dining hall prior to leaving camp.

Motorized carts

Carts may be available at the camp under special circumstances. Cart(s) must be reserved at time of property reservation. Training is required to use carts and must be arranged with the ranger prior to arrival. Operators must by 18 years or older and have a valid Florida driver’s license.

On-site equipment and what to bring

Each unit house should contain fire buckets, dishwashing buckets, an iron skillet, a 5-gallon water cooler, a Dutch oven, a charcoal chimney, a rake, a shovel, several brooms and mops, toilet plunger(s), folding tables and chairs and a garden hose. Campers should bring cooking equipment, eating utensils, heavy-duty garbage bags, dishwashing and toilet supplies, cleaning supplies and toilet paper.

Swimming

Two lakes are available for swimming. Campers that swim MUST supply a lifeguard and an appropriate number of Water Watchers, per the Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Ice

Arrive with coolers filled with ice. The ice machine in the dining hall is for refills only.

Unit sharing

Two or more troops may share units as long as girl-adult ratios are followed. If your reservation does not fill the unit, other Girl Scout groups may reserve the additional space. Groups would share the unit house.

Departing camp

See clean-up checklist provided in folder at check-in. Leave your unit cleaner than you found it, and have the ranger inspect the campsite before leaving. Two girls should be chosen to help with camp inspection and correct any areas that don’t meet standards. Report any equipment problems to the ranger.

  

Considerations for all properties

• Household pets are not permitted on Girl Scout properties except for service dogs.

• Recreational vehicles (RVs) on camp properties for use in overnight accommodations are not permitted.

• Alcohol policy: Alcohol is never permitted on any Gateway Council property. 

• Smoking policy: All tobacco products (including vapor, dip, cigarettes, etc.) are to be used out of sight of all girls and no closer than 50 feet from their location.  All products must be placed in a fire-safe container (such as a can with water) prior to placing into the trash. Location must be clean of all tobacco products prior to rejoining the girls. The girl-adult ratio must be maintained in your absence.

• In the event a fire ban is enforced in the state or county, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council will adhere to the following procedure: There will be no open fires at North Fork Leadership Center and Camp Kateri. Campers may use the fixed charcoal grills or a self-contained grill with charcoal as long as it is kept inside the fire circle.

• Thermometers are available for each refrigeration unit. Chef-trained supervisors and/or camp-trained volunteers should monitor the temperature of the refrigeration unit upon arrival at camp and at least daily during camp stay. Notify camp ranger if temperature exceeds 40 degrees F. Ice chests or coolers for cookouts or temporary food storage should be monitored for safe temperatures. Any “potentially hazardous food” stored in ice chests may not be returned to the kitchen.