Better Posting and Work Projects around Camp

Starting today I’ll be having my posts that I’ve been making on my blog also go to Facebook so that it’s easier to keep up with.

With that in mind, we’ve been working on a bunch of projects since Women’s weekend. Our friends up at Grace Bible Church in Virginia came down with a bunch of hands to help out with some work projects for a few days, and we got a lot done. We recently switched over our water for our main buildings over to city water, instead of our wells. We’ve recently just been having lots of problems with them, and with the upcoming addition to our dining hall, we’d need to switch over anyway. This left a huge trench through our property, so the first thing we did was fill that in. We also used added some more gravel to where the trench crossed our driveway and made a speed bump.

We also took our bushes around the trading post and put in flowers instead.

We had enough people to split into about 3 projects at a time, so while those were going on, we also had people cleaning our docks and staining them. The stain we used is also textured, so that it’ll be harder to slip on when wet.

We also put a border on our nine-square and filled it in with gravel so that we won’t have people stepping in mud anymore.20170425_134109

We’re also planning on putting a border on our swing set later and tether ball. On top of all of this, we also had some time to build some planters for our fire pit area up at the gym and string lights around it.

Very little of this would have happened without the funds that Grace Bible Church brought for our work projects, so we’re very grateful to them. Not to mention all of the time they dedicated to the projects. It would have easily taken us a full week or more to get all of this done with just the few of us here at camp.

Women’s Weekend Away, Work Week, and More

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything. That must mean summer is coming. Recently we’ve had a few different events happening here at camp. On March 19th we had our annual work week, where anyone that wants to come and volunteer to spruce up camp can come and help us with some projects around camp. If you’re interested in coming some other time, that’s fine as long as we know. But we have a specific week blocked off each year so that people can plan ahead. We actually have 2 or 3 other groups that are coming in before summer starts to help with other projects.

I had some other things to take care of for few days of the week, but I was able to get some volunteers to help me remove some of the brush that I had cut down at our paintball course. I honestly had forgotten that I had cut down that much, so I was really thankful to have some helping hands with that.

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We had 2 or 3 loads of branches and small trees like that to throw onto our burn pile, just from paintball. There was plenty more dead wood around that we could have taken, but that’s a slightly lower priority than some other things.

Women’s Weekend Away also happened on April 7-9th. So there was lots of prep for that. It’s actually kind of nice to have something like that a month or two before summer. Aside from it just being a great weekend, it helps to have a firm deadline to work toward for getting portions of camp ready. We have groups before that weekend, but that’s our first sponsored event of the year, and we want to make sure it’s especially nice. So it brings to light any small things that can slip between the cracks when we’re planning for some larger events, like our weeks during the summer.

I don’t have any pictures of the weekend, but I’m sure there’s some on our facebook page¬†or our main website at hickorycove.org.

I’ve also been working on a few projects, either some personal projects, like a family tree plaque for my grandparents, or projects for work like finishing up the wooden book plaque for women’s weekend or a new movable cross that I made.

I also did some work on our life jacket rack, but I don’t have any pictures of the process because I was trying to make sure it was ready for the weekend. I might take some pictures of the finished project and post them later though. Essentially, I got rid of the double hinged doors on the front that had started falling apart and put on two separate sets of doors that close like cabinets and revamped how the life jackets sit inside so that they sit neatly and flat. I also put some hooks on it to hold spare buckets and to hold our paddle board for our lifeguards.

I honestly would like to get rid of the whole thing still and get a building that I could walk into and store the life jackets, paddles, and other things in, but we just don’t have the money for something like that. I would need to level off a space though, and on top of that we just don’t have the money for something like that right now. But, If you have a shed in decent condition and would like to donate it to us, I’m sure I could find a use for it. If you have anything else you think we could maybe use, contact me and I’ll let you know though.

Right now we have our weekends booked up, but if you’re interested in coming by, we’re having an open house on April 23rd and again on May 21st. Come by, see what we’re about and what we have to offer.

We also are having our Family Camp Weekend, on May 26th- May 29th. We have things for all age groups, and generally we have a decent turn out. Prices are based on families, not individuals, unless I’m mistaken, and it goes through memorial day, so it’s a long weekend. We tend to have an outdoor movie, our regular activities like paintball, zip line, archery, slingshots, etc. If you want more info though, go check out our page for it, here.