Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Holidays

Don't forget to give the gift of camp this holiday season. Visit for details on camps or to register for events this year. There's something for everyone on your holiday list. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Steady Progress

We've had another busy week with work continuing on several major projects here at Camp Magruder. Our maintenance crew have put in several new windows at Beutler Lodge and have also begun some of the initial painting.

Brush piles continue to be burned in order to create a new gathering space in the heart of camp. Last week we had several large burn piles and now we are down to the last two. The crew has been hard at work keeping those fires going despite all the heavy rain we've had this week. We've also met with the power company to see about getting the power line that runs from Smith and Herron to Edwards Lodge put under ground. This will make this space much safer and user friendly.


We've noticed some leaking around the Carrier chimney in the past year, so we've had people out to try to repair that. Hopefully this has been fixed and will prevent damage to the stone fireplace and surrounding walls in that building.

Steady progress is also being made on the Sherlock renovations. The kitchen area has been framed as well as the restrooms. Electricians have begun re-wiring with suggestions from long time volunteers as well as visioning for future use. The roof on the costume room is complete as well as the overall insulation and the new ceiling has only a few more sections to finish. Work has also begun on the exterior staircase.

The sun has surprised us and come out a few times this week. Enjoy some of the beauty of Camp Magruder.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Out of the Wind Storm of 2007 Comes Change on the Horizon

In December 2007 a severe wind storm ripped through Tillamook County and Camp Magruder. This storm caused trees to snap falling on power lines, buildings, and even a car in camp. Magruder was without power for quite some time as staff and volunteers gathered at camp to start assessing the damage, clearing debris, and begin the necessary repairs. Luckily no one was injured in this storm, but Camp Magruder lost several trees including most of the trees between Bunch Lodge and Shorehouse during that storm. In addition to all the downed trees and power lines, Sherlock and Carrier Lodge chimney's were also damaged.

The year to follow included many conversations with insurance agents and many volunteer groups working on cutting up and removing hazardous and precarious limbs. The maintenance staff tried to salvage as much of the usable wood as possible to finish renovations in Bunch Lodge bathrooms as well as Atwood Bathhouse. The summer staff worked tirelessly to remove piles of brush all over camp, but the piles never seemed to end. The middle section of camp between Bunch and Shorehouse which saw so much destruction had the brush cleared and has remained in disarray until this week.

Work has begun on removing old stumps to clear the way in turning this area into a new gathering space. While this area will look dramatically different, this area will provide another place for campers and guests to gather, play, learn about their connections to God and the world around them, and maybe someday be the site of a new pavilion. In the stump removal process we've discovered a few unmarked water lines as well as an old septic tank. Thankfully we've been able to get things worked out and marked and are well on the way to creating a new usable space in the heart of camp.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Time to Grow = Demolition?

In the past couple of weeks we've begun demolition and remodeling on Beutler and Sherlock Lodges. Both of these lodges were in need of some serious T.L.C. and updating. The renovation money for Beutler Lodge comes from our repair and maintenance funds while the money for the Sherlock renovation comes from the Time to Grow campaign. Thank you to all of you who have given so freely and generously to the Time to Grow campaign. You are truly helping to build camp and retreat ministry centers like Camp Magruder and the leaders of the future. Now is the time to give as donations to match grants are still needed to complete this project and others around the Oregon Idaho Conference.

Our maintenance staff have been hard at work on Beutler. They have gutted the kitchen and bathrooms and have taken off the old wood panel siding throughout the building. Before the renovation on Beutler Lodge is complete it will get new flooring (similar to what we have been using to upgrade our rustic cabins), new kitchen and bathroom plumbing, paint throughout, windows and trim, as well as kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The layout of the building has not been touched, but cosmetic changes are being made to bring it in line with some of the other recent projects throughout camp.

Sherlock is undergoing a much bigger renovation. We've contracted with JLT Construction which is the same company who renovated Edwards Lodge and some of the other major projects throughout camp. Our maintenance staff are working alongside the crew to install new windows, flooring, and whatever else they can to try to cut costs. The boiler/storage room is being eliminated with the move to more efficient cadet wall heaters. With this extra space, the bathrooms are being expanded to become ADA accessible and also will have showers. The kitchen is being gutted and will be getting new appliances and cabinets. The main room will get new insulation, windows, pine walls, flooring, lighting, and will be set up for projection and wireless internet.

The living space upstairs is getting converted into two cabins joined with a pocket door. A porch will be added to the exterior staircase giving the building a more finished look as well as allowing people to take group photos and enjoy some outdoor space. This porch will be accessible to both halves of the upstairs living space as both sides will have doors that opens on to it.

Sherlock's north side will be getting a small addition as well. This new addition is for all the kids or those who are kids at heart. A serious costume closet is being built which will be accessible to everyone in camp with an exterior door instead of just those using Sherlock as it has been previously. This is going to be the biggest, best, walk in closet Camp Magruder has ever seen.

Stay tuned for more pictures and news on the renovation projects happening at Camp Magruder this winter.