SGLCC SEEKS TOUR GUIDES
Give us a few Sundays as a tour guide, we’ll give you the thrill of preserving history and meeting visitors from across America and around the world who come to see Sea Girt Lighthouse for themselves.
It’s easy and it’s fun. You don’t need to be an historian, just enthusiastic. You’d be joined on any given Sunday by several other volunteers. Each guide is assigned a room or two, such as the keeper’s office, the parlor or the lantern room. As visitors enter a room, the guide greets them, discusses the history of the room and points out the artifacts on display.
Each guide is given a tour script for reference. The script provides a decade by decade history of the lighthouse and the keepers and Coast Guardsmen who served there. Additionally the script is organized by room, detailing the purpose of each room, identifying the artifacts displayed and noting their significance.
Pick Your Room
Some guides develop a preference for a particular room and choose it when assigned duty. After giving a few tours, most guides know the lighthouse story so well they don’t need the script. But it’s always there for reference.
There is also an opportunity to volunteer at the merchandise desk, where lighthouse scale models, prints, postcards, caps, shirts and other souvenirs are sold. All sales proceeds go to help maintain and operate the lighthouse.
Guides of all ages are welcome – from high school students to retirees. For students, the experience can fulfill community service requirements and makes for an impressive activity on college applications. And it can help develop a student’s confidence and public speaking ability.
Tours are conducted Sundays 2-4 p.m., except holiday weekends, from mid-April through the Sunday before Thanksgiving. To volunteer, it is not necessary to belong to the Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee. However, membership is another way to help maintain the lighthouse and tell its fascinating story.
To learn more or to volunteer, call the lighthouse, 732-974-0514. Or write: the Sea Lighthouse Citizens Committee, P.O. Box 83, Sea Girt, NJ 08750.