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.
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.