Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Maintenance Crew is Still Hard at Work

As you know from my last posts we've had lots of rain and snow, but today we had some glimers of sunny skies. Before I dive into this weeks Camp Magruder updates, I'll show you what we woke up to this morning.

Like so many of you readers, I grew up coming to camp at Magruder. The Bunch Lodge that I remember from when I was a kid began a much needed second upgrade this week. I never would have imagined I'd see Bunch Lodge look this good.

As I mentioned, Bunch Lodge was the site of a renovation a few years ago that took out the kitchen and put in nice new bathrooms with showers. New lighting was also put in and things looked fabulous there. This time around, the maintenance crew have been working on putting in new interior stairs and landings that are structurally sound once again. They have even been topped with a nice layer of new carpet. I'm not sure that the picture does them justice, but they are a nice blue-gray color.

The upstairs bedrooms are also getting worked on. The walls have been getting a new coat of paint. There are stacks of new flooring planks and underlayment waiting to go in once the walls are done and the beds removed. Both of these will make them much cleaner and fresher for guests this year. I'm excited to see the finished product in the coming weeks and can't wait to share the improvments with people.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I'm Beginning to Think We Need an Ark

After the snow melted this week, we were treated to lots and lots of rain. Things around here have gotten very wet and in places flooded. We got a kayak out to have a bit of an adventure this afternoon. Where do you think Erin is kayaking?

Take a closer look. Can you figure out where this is now?

The answer is...

We also went out on the swim dock to measure the water level difference. The poles hold the dock in place and allow the dock to rise and fall as the water does in Smith Lake. Take a look at how much of the poles are showing in the first picture taken during our annual summer staff olympics at the end of August. The second photo was taken today.

Perhaps change is on the horizon. After the weather we had this week, we're ready for some sun again.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winter Weather

I grew up like so many of you coming to summer camps at Magruder and weekend church retreats throughout the year. There were changes to camp from year to year, but the grounds generally looked about the same. Having lived here year round for two years, I am continually amazed by the changes I see on a daily basis around me. Change is constant here, but often is so small that it goes unnoticed. I never thought I'd actually see this much snow at Magruder, but we did this weekend. I thought I'd take some time today to share this fleeting change with you.

Sports Court and Playground

Unipus Tree (formerly known as the Octopus Tree)


Flower box in the North Ball Field

This recent bout of icy weather brought not only snow to camp, but snow to the beach.

Cross off the South Beach Trail

Beach looking North to Twin Rocks

The snow seems to be melting quickly which I am sure is due to the hail and rain we've had in the past day.

Shorehouse parking lot looking towards the Dining Hall

Beutler Fire Pit

Hill outside Kimberly/Edwards Logde

Even our beloved donkeys got in on the snow fun.

Donkey Totem Pole

Jenny and Caleb in the Donkey Pen

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you. May this year bring you peace, love, and laughter. The year 2012 has already brought a few things to Camp Magruder.

While our water meter was being inspected and replaced, workers accidentally poked a hole in one of the water lines. There was an effort to fix the hole, but it was not to the crews liking. Workers will be back this Saturday to shut off water in camp and permanently repair the problem. Needless to say, where the water meter is the ground is all torn up. Luckily our recycling area has never really looked all that pretty anyway.

Abrams continues to get a face lift. Rholen, one of our old maintenance workers, has come back to install new linoleum. The cabin should soon look like Pines and Collins which underwent construction in 2011. The maintenance crew are hoping that the floor will be done soon so that they can return the bunks to the cabin and move on to other projects.

Work has also begun on refinishing the floors around camp. On Wednesday all the furniture in the dining hall was removed and the initial sweeping and mopping was completed. The dining hall is scheduled to take about a week to complete.

A grant was recently submitted to upgrade out waterfront. However, we won't know until March if we got it or not. If we are successful with our grant application we'll be able to get four new canoes, six single kayaks, three double kayaks, paddles for each, life jackets in all sizes, and be able to replace our water trampoline and katapult.