11.20.2012

4 Thanksgiving "no-no's" for Pets


Many people that camp love their pets! (And so do many people that don't camp! LOL) So, here's a few tips about what NOT to feed your furry family member...

1. Anything with onions – Did you know that onions are toxic to dogs and cats (including garlic, leeks and chives).

2. Raw or garbage ready food  - Avoid potential messy accidents (from either end of your pet). Don't feed them the gizzard or anything you won't eat, especially if it is raw, or something that may have gone bad. You have enough to deal with over the holidays!

3. The Drumstick – or any thing that may contain bones. Bad boy. (Or girl.)

4. Dessert – It has little to do with the waistline and more to do with that digestive track! We all know not to feed them chocolate, but the fats in many desserts can give your little friend an upset stomach...or worse.

Finally, avoid the "treat-sneaking" guests. Even after you ask them to not give the dog table scraps, temptation may win out. So, keep your pet in another room while everyone is eating…who knows what is going on under the table?

Read more here:


10 Safety Tips for Pets During Thanksgiving Holiday

The top Thanksgiving foods…are they safe for pets?




 




11.16.2012

Celebrating the Holidays at the Beach

It’s time to get into the spirit of the season! If you are like many, every day life keeps you busy and sometimes it is difficult to get “merry.”

Myrtle Beach can assist with that problem. It is a great place to spend some time “away.” Listen to the ocean waves, feel the salt air, and just...breathe. Once you have experienced an oceanfront “re-boot,” you’ll be more prepared to enter the holiday state of mind!



Holiday Entertainment


Myrtle Beach can help get you in the mood for Christmas and the coming holiday celebrations! Our shows and attractions will have you humming all the classic holiday tunes. With so many great shows to choose from you may need to stay several nights.

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is a Myrtle Beach holiday tradition for many locals and visitors alike. It is packed full of live Christmas classics and humor and runs through January 5, 2013.

You just might have a blue Christmas without Legends in Concert! Now through December 31st, you can bask in Legends’ Holiday Show featuring Elvis Presley (of course!), Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, The Blues Brothers and Alan Jackson. In fact, they even offer some great dinner packages.

Opened in 2011, Pirates Voyage an “over the water” show continues to attract crowds. Christmas at Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast & Adventure takes you on a voyage with Captain Scrooge and the mystical Spirit of Christmas. Enjoy a four course feast with acrobatics overhead, pirate crews and live animals.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament features something for those young and old, boy or girl, with gorgeous horses, chivalrous knights, a princess and a “Battle of Champions.” Plan a Royal Holiday Outing for groups of 15 or more guests.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground also sells tickets to “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” at the Alabama Theatre and “Christmas on Ice” at The Palace Theatre.
 

Holiday Attractions Sure to Please


Ripley’s Aquarium features the “Festival of Trees” through December 31st. An event that began in 2001, has more than 50 decorated trees on display throughout Ripley’s Aquarium. Adorned in unique ornaments, each Christmas tree represents the great diversity of the United States.

If you’d like to avoid the hustle an bustle and get back to nature, Brookgreen Gardens features the glorious “Night of a Thousand Candles” December 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, 2012. Brookgreen Gardens comes to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 - 10 p.m. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.

Shop 'til you Drop!



Myrtle Beach has a zillion places to shop between outlets and malls and specialty boutiques you are sure to find that special gift for loved ones!


Please Chime In...
Have you joined any of these holiday celebrations? Please “chime in” with your experience and comment below!

11.07.2012

Heads up to NASCAR Race Fans (Internet Explorer 9 Version)

Version 2:  We apologize to those who only saw the title of this blog when originally posted on Nov. 2nd. After research we believe it was a conflict with Internet Explorer 9 - we hope you can see the post now!

It’s true! Many campers love auto racing…and in the Carolinas NASCAR rules the track. Ocean Lakes Family Campground has several great tracks in its “back yard” and we wanted guests to know about some upcoming race events.

The Myrtle Beach Speedway 


This historic track has a new owner and has gone through renovations. The 2012 events have proven successful catering to families with young children and race fans alike the with “Wheels of Destruction” and “Monster Trucks” to the upcoming Myrtle Beach 400.

Located 13 miles from Ocean Lakes, this half-mile semi-oval track is poised for success and has a seating capacity for more than 12,000 fans. The Myrtle Beach Speedway is sure to fill that capacity in two weeks with the 20th Annual Myrtle Beach 400 -the end of season showdown. This event features five exciting days of activities beginning on Wednesday, November 14th through Sunday, November 18th. Keeping families in mind, kids 12 and under are FREE!


The Charlotte Motor Speedway 

This superspeedway is located a few hours northwest of Myrtle Beach, 180 miles from Ocean Lakes, is the legendary 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. (What’s better than enjoying a race, then relaxing on the beach?) If you are new to this track, they have a great “First Timer” web page.  This speedway hosts three premiere NASCAR events each year - the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500. A state of the art, 4/10 mile clay oval, The Dirt Track at Charlotte, sits across Highway 29 from the superspeedway. The zMAX Dragway is adjacent to The Dirt Track and features the world’s only four-lane all-concrete racing surface. Plus, located in the heart of NASCAR country, you’ll want to tour the Hall of Fame.

I recently took a tour of this racing mecca. Having been in the campground industry for years, I was amazed at speedway’s campground facility. Did you realize that you can camp there year round while in the Charlotte area? Whether you have a Class A motorhome and want full service hook-ups, or just a little grass space for your family's tent, they have it!


The Darlington Raceway 

…the track “Too Tough to Tame!” For 60 years, race fans have experienced this 1.25-mile legendary track. Only 85 miles from Ocean Lakes Family Campground, race fans can see the checkered flags and then check-in for oceanfront camping in Myrtle Beach! The track roars to life Mother’s Day Weekend with the NASCAR Nationwide 200 Series (May 10th) and the Bojangles’ Southern 500 (May 11th).  Perhaps you’d like to experience camping on the infield before the oceanfront, either way it will be an experience to remember!

11.02.2012

Heads up to NASCAR Race Fans in the Carolinas

It’s true! Many campers love auto racing…and in the Carolinas NASCAR rules the track. Ocean Lakes Family Campground has several great tracks in its “back yard” and we wanted guests to know about some upcoming race events.

The Myrtle BeachSpeedway 
This historic track has a new owner and has gone through renovations. The 2012 events have proven successful catering to families with young children and race fans alike the with “Wheels of Destruction” and “Monster Trucks” to the upcoming Myrtle Beach 400.

Located 13 miles from Ocean Lakes, this half-mile semi-oval track is poised for success and has a seating capacity for more than 12,000 fans. The Myrtle Beach Speedway is sure to fill that capacity in two weeks with the 20thAnnual Myrtle Beach 400-the end of season showdown. This event features five exciting days of activities beginning on Wednesday, November 14th through Sunday, November 18th. Keeping families in mind, kids 12 and under are FREE!

The Charlotte MotorSpeedway
This superspeedway is located a few hours northwest of Myrtle Beach, 180 miles from Ocean Lakes, is the legendary 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. (What’s better than enjoying a race, then relaxing on the beach?) If you are new to this track, they have a great “First Timer” web page.  This speedway hosts three premiere NASCAR events each year - the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500. A state of the art, 4/10 mile clay oval, The Dirt Track at Charlotte, sits across Highway 29 from the superspeedway. The zMAX Dragway is adjacent to The Dirt Track and features the world’s only four-lane all-concrete racing surface. Plus, located in the heart of NASCAR country, you’ll want to tour the Hall of Fame.

I recently took a tour of this racing mecca. Having been in the campground industry for years, I was amazed at speedway’s campground facility. Did you realize that you can camp there year round while in the Charlotte area? Whether you have a Class A motorhome and want full service hook-ups, or just a little grass space for your family's tent, they have it!

The Darlington Raceway
…the track “Too Tough to Tame!” For 60 years, race fans have experienced this 1.25-mile legendary track. Only 85 miles from Ocean Lakes Family Campground, race fans can see the checkered flags and then check-in for oceanfront camping in Myrtle Beach! The track roars to life Mother’s Day Weekend with the NASCAR Nationwide 200 Series (May 10th) and the Bojangles’ Southern 500 (May 11th).  Perhaps you’d like to experience camping on the infield before the oceanfront, either way it will be an experience to remember!


10.25.2012

Try Carving a Rutabaga for Halloween…

Did you know that pumpkins are not a vegetable - they are a fruit! They are in the same family as gourds, squash, cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.

There seems to be a couple opinions on the origin of Halloween. Some think it is based on the Celtic holiday known as Samhain (pronounced "sow wan"), which means "summer's end". Others believe it is based on old Christian holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

Regardless, this magical night wouldn’t be the same with out the glowing jack-o-lanterns, today we know as carved pumpkins. But that wasn’t always the case. Jack-o-lanterns were originally carved from turnips or gourds probably more the size of a rutabaga. They were set on porches (guess some things never change) and in windows to welcome deceased loved ones, but also to act as protection against malevolent spirits. Early on they were lit with burning lumps of coal, later to be replaced by candles.

carved pumpkin at Ocean Lakes Family Campground
One winner of the Pumpkin Carving
When European settlers, particularly the Irish and Scottish, arrived in America they found the native pumpkin to be larger and easier to carve. So, the rutabaga was replaced with our beloved pumpkin!

The internet makes life easier when it comes to “how to,” so here’s a site that covers the Halloween pumpkin, from choosing your pumpkin, to using the right carving tools, and even how to extend the life of your pumpkin…to taking its picture.

Finally, we haven’t told you any stories here, but if you’re in the mood for a tall eerie tale “hear’s” a good place to start….

Happy Halloween! Hope to see you at one our Halloween Weekends....

10.12.2012

Golf Car Winter Maintenance

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By Greg Bender, Manager of Ocean Lakes Golf Cars Rentals, Sales & Service




Select the proper mode for storing your golf cart with this switch.
Tow/Run Switch

Battery maintenance is very critical when it comes to your golf car running efficiently. A lot of people have Electric Golf Cars that they use throughout the summer season and into the fall. Most people do not use their golf car in the winter months, they just leave it in their garage or in a storage facility for 3 - 4 months until spring; and then decide to charge it up and use it. By then the golf car will not take a charge because battery voltage has gotten too low. If you are storing your golf car for the winter make sure the water level is filled to the correct capacity and it is fully charged before storing it. Distilled water is recommended to use when watering batteries. If your golf car has a Tow/Run switch under the seat make sure you place the switch in the “Tow” mode when not using for a period of time (longer than a week). This will help prevent the batteries from discharging quicker than if left in the “Run” mode.
When storing use the Tow/Run Switch located under the seat.
The older the batteries are the quicker they will discharge in storage. Now, if you have access to your golf car in the winter it is recommended to charge it at least once a month. Most golf cars now have automatic chargers so they will shut off once the golf car is completely charged. Depending on the type of golf car you have, if you leave the charger hooked up all the time it will cycle every 2 - 3 weeks with a trickle charge to keep batteries topped off. It is not recommended to leave the charger hooked up if your golf car is not accessible all the time.
  

Remove corrosion.
Along with watering your batteries correctly, it is crucial to keep the tops of your batteries and terminals clean. This will allow you to get the best performance out of your batteries. If you have a lot of corrosion on terminal ends you can use a baking soda and water solution on top of the batteries (while the caps are secured down). This will help neutralize any acid on the top of the batteries and help remove any corrosion from the terminals.
Keep your battery terminals clean with baking soda & water.
Let the baking soda and water solution sit a couple minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water. Once the terminals are dry and free from corrosion, it is recommended to put on some type of terminal protectant.

If you follow all the steps above this will help increase the life of your batteries which is normally around 5 years for a lead acid deep cycle battery. 

For more information about golf cars visit www.OceanLakesGolfCars.com.

Greg Bender, Manager of Ocean Lakes Golf Cars in Myrtle Beach, SC.About the Writer…
Greg Bender has worked for Ocean Lakes Family Campground for 24 years with more than 20 years experience in the golf car industry. His introduction into the golf car industry began while working as an Ocean Lakes Golf Car Attendant in his teens. Bender’s career evolved from Golf Car Mechanic to his current position as Manager of Ocean Lakes Golf Cars, Laundry & Vending.

9.21.2012

Kooky, Creative, Crafty Halloween Ideas

Fall is in air! 

We are getting ready for two weekends of Halloween fun at Ocean Lakes. This week our team is focused on planning and décor. It’s fun to get online and brainstorm ideas for Halloween…nothing too scary, of course! 

We thought we’d share some quick links to get you in the Halloween mood:




Halloween is so much fun, full of family memories that last a lifetime. Ocean Lakes hopes to be part of your Halloween plans October 19th-21st and October 26th – 28th. See our Halloween events schedule here.

6.05.2012

Kennels Near Ocean Lakes

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As summer vacation approaches, many families are struggling with the issue…What to do with those furry family members while on vacation. Although many of our guests are camping (which allow pets), we also have plenty of guests who stay in rental units that do not allow pets. Every year our Ocean Lakes Magazine features veterinarians and kennels nearby as a guide for our guests. These are just a few nearby places that we have gathered information for, but we would love to hear your suggestions or recommendations on which ones you have used! Or, if you use a different one, please feel free to let us know so we can add it to the list!

Kennels

A Dogs Way Inn
5225 Berkley Ct., Murrells Inlet  - 843-357-4545

Bubbles & Fluff Doggie Day Care
760A Business 17A (Joe Plaza), Surfside – 843-828-4357

Canine Command Center, Inc.
401 Tyner St., Socastee – 843- 293-1407

K9 Cabana
3949 Hwy 544, Surfside – 888-544-DOGS

Tamroc Kennels
201 Bush Dr. (off of Hwy 501), Myrtle Beach – 843-236-1313


Animal Emergencies

Animal Emergency Hospital of the Strand
(After Hours Care)
303-1 Hwy 15, Suite 1, Myrtle Beach – 843-445-9797




 Ark Animal Hospital PA
1011 6 Ave. N. Ext., Surfside Beach – 843-238-1414
 
Grand Strand Animal Hospital
3007 Hwy 17 Bypass N., Myrtle Beach – 843-626-7661

Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital
(And Boarding)
3928 Hwy 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet – 843-651-3355

Pet Doctor
2321 Dick Pond Road, Surfside Beach – 843-650-1555


Like we said, we welcome your feedback on any of the area kennels or veterinarians!  

5.28.2012

Remembering American Heroes


Honor Our Fallen Heroes sign at Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach, SC

Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the United States Military. They gave the ultimate sacrifice. They are true heroes. A tribute to our soldiers.

I am surprised at how many people (of all ages) hesitate at the holiday’s purpose. So, let it be known…

  • The Facts According to Wikipedia
  • Articles, Pictures, Video on the History Channel site  

In honor of Memorial Day, post about your American hero in our comment section... 

5.24.2012

Grill Safety

-->Help Keep Your Family Safe This Memorial Day

May signals the beginning of summer and outdoor living for many Americans. Memorial Day is often a time for friends and family to gather around, enjoy an outdoor bar-b-que and fire up the grill. Recently, WMBF News stopped by to speak with Ocean Lakes about our guests and fire safety, see the two minute WMBF news video

family grilling out at Ocean Lakes
Remember to grill safe! Here are some tips from the experts:

National Fire Protection Association's --> Video on Grill Safety

--> National Fire Protection Association – Grilling Tips

5.08.2012

Is Your Missing Sock at Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach?

When you run a campground things can get crazy. Like any business, sometimes it’s easy to loose sight of what matters, so its good to keep that Mission Statement in view. At Ocean Lakes we are here so our guests have a great experience and, hopefully, some fun! Actually, campgrounds spend a lot of time planning fun. Every time I go to an industry convention or meeting, I enjoy listening to what my campground peers dream up. Our Recreation teammates are real pros at fun, but now and then the Marketing team can barely contain their imaginations...

On Wednesday, May 9th, Ocean Lakes Family Campground celebrates “Lost Sock Memorial Day." The event takes place inside Ocean Lakes, and virtually, online on the campground’s Pinterest.com account.

Photo of Lost Socks, campground event photo, Ocean Lakes, Myrtle BeachOur laundromat, Sandy’s Soapy Suds, is the location of the “Lost Sock Memorial Wall.” The wall features a clothesline and clothes pins for guests to pin their remaining single sock looking for its “solemate.” Socks hang on the top clothesline with letters on their toes spelling out “Lost Sock Memorial Wall,” and underneath it reads “For those left behind.” It is amazing how many single socks Soapy Suds had on hand to start the wall.

Note to college students: as you study for your degree and dream of your career keep an open mind…you never know what odd things will relate to your job description.  Who would have thought missing laundry could be so much fun!?

We have been looking forward to this particular holiday for months! Guests were giggling as teammates were creating the 'Lost Sock Memorial Wall.' This event is perfect for launching our new Pinterest.com account. The campground’s new Pinterest.com account kicked off with pin boards highlighting 'Single Sock Occupations,' 'The Crafty Sock,' 'Laughing Our Socks Off,' and 'It Socks to be Lonely' sock personal ads."

Ocean Lakes event promotional poster
Promotional posters have been placed throughout the campground with headlines stating “Missing” or “Wanted” with pictures of various socks and descriptions to encourage guests to visit Soapy Suds to pin their sock(s).

All guests at the park are invited to participate, along with others who can join the celebration through Pinterest.com. Followers can email a photo of their sock(s) to info@oceanlakes.com and Ocean Lakes will pin it to one of its boards. Be sure to follow Ocean Lakes by searching for Ocean Lakes under the "People" category in the search box to see your sock(s) displayed. 

Lost sock pin boards, fun with socks, Ocean Lakes Family Campground event
Visit Ocean Lakes Family Campground's Pinterest.com page and click on each pin board for fun.
This event is part of Ocean Lakes’ year-long theme called “Leap Into Fun,” which started in February due to leap year. Ocean Lakes teammates and guests have recognized unofficial holidays that have fun themes, providing activities in the park and online to campground guests. Each month, "Leap Into Fun" has encompassed several unique holidays or commemorative days that relate to various aspects of Ocean Lakes’ amenities, activities and culture.

4.20.2012

Celebrate Earth Day...don't you mean Everyday??

For those of you who don’t know, Sunday, April 22nd marks the 42nd year of observing Earth Day. When you think about it, it’s really ironic that we had to set aside a day 42 years ago to celebrate the Earth we rely on for our survival.  So when we asked our very own Nature Center curator and retired minister, Leonard Raker about his thoughts on a special day set aside for the Earth…well…we just had to share it with you…

“Earth Day? Did you really ever think about it? Maybe that could be the problem with this old world! We live in it daily. We see all that’s around us. We walk on it, we look at it, we play on it and we even walk by the mess that others leave. It is kind of funny that we have to have a day to appreciate all that God gave us to live in, when it really needs to be appreciated every day. Thank God for every day! God when I see your wonders…I really love you. Thanks!”

So, Leonard inspired us to come up with some easy things we could all do to that would help the Earth out, not just today...but EVERYDAY!

1. Make the switch for the light switch! Swap out your light bulbs to the compact florescent bulbs. They use significantly less energy than older light bulbs and they last longer! By doing this not only will you help the Earth out, you can also help increase that bank account of yours!

2. Unplug and turn off! Walk around your house and unplug anything that is unnecessary, like cell phone chargers, ipod chargers, blenders, coffee pots, etc. All those devices are using energy even when they’re not being used. Also, make sure to turn off those lights when you are not in the room, nothing like lighting the whole house for nothing but the furniture!

3. Stop putting the pedal to the medal! Now, if you’re like me this one could be rather challenging and take the most effort! But, by driving the speed limit you actually can increase your miles per gallon, which means less trips to the gas station. And, with the price of gas lately, we could all use one less trip to fill up! Trust me, I know it’s tough, but this one’s a win win! For you, and the Earth.

4. Just say “No” to plastic bottles!  With all the different types of reusable bottles there are out on the market today, (including our very own Ocean Lakes Stainless Steel Water Bottle available for sale at the Recreation Office, yes we know shameless plug) there really is no reason not to rid those plastic bottles for good. They actually take a ton of energy to make. And believe it or not, most people don’t recycle them, which only causes them to overfill the landfills. Not only will a reusable bottle save you money, but it will also help reduce your carbon footprint. Best of all, you can use them to express your individual style…like showing everyone where you love to make family vacation memories with your very own Stainless Steel Water Bottle from Ocean Lakes Family Campground! Okay, we promise that was our last plug! But really, they are nice!

Available at the Recreation Office...in case you were wondering!
5. Drip, drip, drip… Do you leave the water running while you’re brushing your teeth? Or guys, while you shave? Well, if you do, you are just pouring gallons and gallons of perfectly good usable water down the drain…literally! By using less water, we are able to conserve more energy, and it also could help you conserve more cash. Because, believe it or not all that water you’re pouring down the drain, you’re paying for…and it adds up! Here is a site for 100 ways to conserve water. Try a few and see how much it saves on the next water bill.


6. Paper, plastic? No thanks I brought my own! We all have those non-woven grocery bags that we get as a giveaways at trade shows, as welcome gifts, when you set up a new bank account, etc. So instead of throwing them in the back of your closet, why not start putting them to good use? Stash a few in your car for when you go to the grocery store. Yes, it may be a hassle to remember to put them back in the car for the next time you go, and yes, it may be at the end of your shopping trip that you remember that you have forgotten them in the car, but make the effort. It doesn’t take that long to step out to your car and get them.

7. Hang those clothes out to dry…literally. Mother Nature has been extremely generous to us this year with all of the beautiful weather we’ve had lately, why not use it to our advantage while helping out the Earth at the same time. Instead of using all that energy to dry a load of laundry, put it outside on a clothesline. Yea, it may take a little longer to dry, but think of it as time you get to relax, or finish other chores, or relax…or start a project on that honey do list…or relax...whatever you chose! Even if you don’t have an existing clothesline in your back yard, you can always make one.  All you need is some rope, and two unmovable objects to tie it to. Then let the sun do its job!

These are only just a few examples of ways to make everyday Earth Day. We’d love to hear more! So, if you have a simple solution to make everyday Earth Day let’s hear it! If not, just pick one of these and start trying it out today.

4.05.2012

An Easter Story from the Table

By Leonard Raker

Could an ugly old Catfish have an Easter message for us? The answer is “yes” if it happens to be the Sail Cat. Ugly as it may be, the story is ever so beautiful.

Like all of our thoughts, reality gets lost as we overlook the truth of the God of Easter. As you begin to clean the fish in preparation for dinner, you begin to find signs of a heavenly message. That message fully appears when you finish the enjoyment of your dinner. There is something so very different to that backbone. There before you is the story of the Crucifixion, plain as the nose on your face.

Looking upon the top of that bone, plain as day, you notice the stripes that Jesus received. As you partially turn the bone, there lies a puncture; the spear in the side while on the cross. Completing the turn you see the shape of the Cross on which Jesus died, and if you want to get a “wow” moment, just shake the bone and you will hear the rattle of the dice thrown for His Robe. Yes, you can see the story and hear it completed before you get up from the table.

And the truth of this story? We really don’t like to look at the truth before our very eyes. That truth? We walk in the creation of the God that surrounds us in just about everything we find in this old world of ours. Try it for a while. I am sure you will be amazed!

About the writer…
Leonard Raker is Curator at the Ocean Lakes Nature Center Discovery Lab located inside the Myrtle Beach campground on Lovestone Drive. The Raker family has had a place at Ocean Lakes Family Campground for years. Leonard has been collecting shells, fossils and facts since he was 9 years old.

As his collection grew, the Raker family realized there was enough to create a learning center - a place to teach people about marine life. The retired minister approached the Jackson family and the management of Ocean Lakes with the willingness to donate his collection and his time if they could dedicate a place. In the mid 90’s, Ocean Lakes Nature Center became a reality. Today it contains more than 10,000 shells and fossils in displays that Leonard personally built. More than 14,000 guests tour the Discovery Lab every year. It has been reviewed by Museum Specialists from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History on several occasions. It contains displays about shells, fossils, as well as area and campground history. Many students have started their science projects for school armed with the information Leonard has shared.

At age 79, Leonard continues his ministry through this educational outlet. Not only does he minister about God’s great earth, he mentors everyone about how to be good stewards. And he practices what he preaches! Two thirds of the displays in the Nature Center are built from recycled materials that Leonard has collected from various construction projects in the campground. Of course, now and then he does require a trip to the hardware store. But even Ocean Lakes’ teammates marvel at his dedication to make the most of what you have. While he was building one of the “new” displays with used materials, teammates commented to him that he didn’t ask for any nails. Leonard replied, “I didn’t need to, I straightened what I had.”

3.28.2012

Improvements at Ocean Lakes for 2012 and a new route to Myrtle Beach International Airport

Is summer ever close! This time of year is kind of exciting at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, especially from a teammate standpoint. It’s the time of year when everything starts taking shape for the new season and our team is busy getting the park ready for our guests who will soon arrive in mass for spring break and Easter. Behind the scenes there is an excited energy. For those of us on the “inside” Easter is basically the deadline for all things new at Ocean Lakes.


Many of our first quarter guests (January-March) find this activity somewhat intriguing, maybe fascinating at times and always reassuring. It provides evidence that we “re-invest” in our campground on an annual basis and that striving toward better is our normal mode of operation. At times, it can be a little distracting and possibly disrupt the “flow” of things, but only briefly. An example would be the new curbs that were put in around Spring Lane leading to the Golf Car Building and parking area beside the Main Office. Our loyal fans know this road well…it’s the first right turn past the Main Gate and it is a very busy intersection. In the midst of this main thoroughfare is a beautiful “green” area that I have enjoyed for years because our landscaping team does such a great job making it beautiful. So, between the concrete trucks and the landscaping team that popular green area saw a lot of activity in February, and Spring Lane became “narrow” for about a week.

Remodeled Shower
Bathhouses Improved
Through annual improvements (known as capital budget items internally), guests see roads are being repaved, more concrete pads are being added to campsites, lighting and signs are being updated, buildings are being painted and the list goes on…. And every year there are unique projects illustrating our attention to detail and taking customer service to the next level. For example, the new bathhouse remodel that went on this winter in the “H” bathhouse. We upgraded the tile, doors and transformed it into a more beautiful place like the “I” bathhouse, which was completed last year. All five bathhouses were upgraded to the auto flush system and on-demand water heaters were added as well. Our campsites are being fitted with new “Footloose” sewer caps, that not only improve our hookups on site but add to our environmental efforts (our iCare Program) and they were featured in a March 26th article by Woodall’s Campground Management “Green Initiatives: Good for Business.”

Ocean Lakes Family Campground photo of remodeled Golf Cart Building
Ocean Lakes Golf Cars get new facade.
 The Golf Car Building is getting a dramatic facelift including a new façade on the front, giving that building a more updated look and bringing it into line with the look of our other buildings.

Products are arriving daily for inventory in many departments. Sandy Mart has a new “Sandy Shop” with trademarked merchandise based on our ever popular and always cute mascot, Sandy Starfish. Ocean Lakes RV Center already has some 2013 models, including the gorgeous Cardinal 5th Wheel. Accessories and electric vehicles of the golf cart kind are arriving at Ocean Lakes Golf Cars Sales & Service including the new Tomberlin LSV lines and custom built Club Cars.

Getting to the Myrtle Beach International Airport...


Speaking of arriving daily, I’d like to let you know there are now two routes from Ocean Lakes Family Campground to Myrtle Beach International Airport. They extended Harrelson Boulevard so it connects with Highway 17 Business (Kings Highway) at 22nd Avenue South (see red line in map below). Many of our longtime visitors would know this area from visiting J. Edwards restaurant (now closed since Ed’s passing). Click on the airport link above and utilize their “Directions” tab. Of course, you can still take Highway 544 to Highway 17 Bypass North (see blue line in map below), but be aware there is a lot of road construction at the “back gate” (the intersection Hwy 17 Bypass and Hwy 707) see county site.

There are now two ways to get to Myrtle Beach International Airport from Ocean Lakes Family Campground.