2012 Winter Star Party
The WSP Director would like to provide you with the following supplemental information to facilitate your participation in the WSP and to make your stay at Camp Wesumkee a more enjoyable experience!
Please visit the WSP News Alerts Web Page for the latest news about the upcoming 28th Annual WSP
Package Delivery to the WSP
Please be advised that you will not be able to receive mail or package deliveries at the girl scout camp during the Winter Star Party. However, we have made arrangements with The UPS Store in Marathon to accept deliveries on your behalf along with a special discount for providing the service to you. Just show your WSP badge/ticket at the counter and the store will waive any receiving/hold fees as a courtesy to the WSP.
5409 Overseas Hwy #500
Marathon, FL 33050
This UPS Store is located in the same shopping center as the "Publix Supermarket", on the left side as you pass through Marathon headed south to the WSP site.
(Vendors: This notice does not apply to vendors shipping product in via freight carrier. Vendors PLEASE coordinate on-site deliveries with the WSP Vendor Coordinator or WSP Director prior to delivery.)
Fire Ant Treatment
Each Year, prior to the annual Winter Star Party, we have Orkin Exterminator treat the grounds at Camp Wesumkee for fire ants. Even after a professional exterminator has treated the grounds for fire ants, experience has shown us that we can only reduce the ant population but not eliminate them.
Some precautions: We recommend Amdro and/or approved equal ant bait. Do not use sprays, liquids and powders as they may harm your neighbor’s optics and poison the grounds. Fire ant bait is of a low toxicity and much safer for the environment when used as directed on the packaging. Fire Ant bait is available from hardware store gardening sections in the southern most states adjoining the gulf. Due to limited supplies in the Florida Keys we suggest you visit The Home Depot or Lowe's on the main land. Please refer to store web site for listings, locations, and directions from either US1 or the Turnpike. Please be aware that it will take a couple of days for the bait to start affecting the ant colony, and therefore, over pouring ant bait will not result in a speedier control of the fire ant population.
We recommend that you sprinkle fire ant bait over the area where you plan to pitch a tent. For Further protection we recommend placing a tarp between the tent flooring and treated ground surface.
Fire ants also have an affinity to electric fields and have been known to find new homes in electrical appliances. We recommend that you lightly sprinkle your observing area and support any electrical appliance above and off the ground.
Green Lasers are Prohibited at All SCAS Events
Due to recent national events, it has become necessary for the Southern Cross Astronomical Society of Miami, Florida, to ban (except when permission is granted for educational purposes only) the use of green laser pointers at SCAS sponsored events. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY (January 2005) any use of such devices (hand-held or attached) at SCAS Star Parties, the Winter Star Party, or any other SCAS public event SHALL BE PROHIBITED. Violation of this restriction will result in the immediate expulsion of the offending party from the SCAS event.
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