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.