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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Aftermath of the November Wind Storm

Camp Magruder "weathered" last weeks storm quite well. We had power outages, rain, and really high winds at the start of the week. Edwards Lodge had a few close calls in terms of tree debris, but everything seems to be all right. Take a look at some of the aftermath of the wind storm from last week. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Winter Wind

Take a look at the winds in camp today. So far everything and everyone are still all right despite trees being snapped and losing power a few times.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Nature Shots

Here are some of the photos taken at Camp Magruder in the past week.

End of the Season

It's hard to imagine that nearly a month has passed since we posted an update on the happenings in camp. We have been busy hosting the last few groups of the fall, completing end of the season building shut downs, and preparing for major building renovations in Beutler and Sherlock this winter.

This fall we hosted seven weeks of outdoor science school geared towards 6th grade students. Last week was their final week for the season which came just in time as the weather began to get colder and rainier and it started getting dark much earlier. We wish the outdoor school staff a great winter and excitedly wait for their return in March rested and ready for the spring season.

Last weekend was our last weekend of the year with guests in camp. That meant we also had to say goodbye to our kitchen staff for the winter. This year the kitchen staff served approximately 72,547 plates of food to guests during their stays at Camp Magruder. We wish the kitchen staff a happy holiday season and hope that they get that much needed rest.

This past weekend Wilsonville UMC came to Magruder to do service projects. It was a small but mighty group that accomplished several tasks helping to get program areas shut down for the winter. The group got the archery equipment stored away in the boathouse, cleaned and organized the craft and sports supplies areas of the boathouse, harvested the fall's last vegetables, took down the garden, took one last trip to the recycling center, cleaned window sills, took scuff marks off cabin walls, did trash clean up through camp, took apart and painted the camp store, and took inventory of camp store merchandise. The group from Wilsonville even had time to walk on the beach and roast marshmallows in the evening. A big thank you goes out to them for assisting with the end of the year program shut down procedures.

Stay tuned to the blog for news on the big renovation projects happening this winter at Magruder as we strive to make camp a better place for children, youth, adults, and families.