Dear Campers and Camp Supporters:
Spring has been “springing up” on the mountain top this week! My little daffodil bulbs are pushing their way up thru the wet soil and are about six inches high. But here comes another snowstorm! We expect a couple days of snow. By the time you read this, the storms will be behind us, and we will have shoveled our way out. The mountain can use another soft blanket of snow. The melting snow slowly soaks into the ground leaving the earth in place. Heavy rains can mean mud and ash flows from the burn area running into Camp and across the roadways.
Since I have been thinking of spring all week, I have a sense of renewal on my mind. We are soon to have budding leaves, colorful wildflowers, fluttering butterflies, and busy hummingbirds. My heart feels lighter, and I am starting to make my spring project list.
As we turn our attention to repairing, fixing, building, sorting, and cleaning, I feel a sense of renewal and optimism. Maybe, just maybe, we will make it through this frightful time – a year of significant loss and sadness for the world.
Although we won’t be operational this summer, we will be offering many opportunities for you to come up and socially distance to work on volunteer projects. Fire clearance will continue with raking and removing pine needles from around buildings and trimming up branches on trees as high as we can reach. These lower limbs are called ladder fuels, and trimming them up protects the trees from catching fire during a wildfire. We need volunteers to wipe down the furniture in the cabin rooms using Simple Green to help remove smoke oils from the wooden furnishings. Our cabins will smell nice and fresh when campers return.
Over the next couple of months, Camp staff will be working in Craig’s Cabin to lay new tile floors in the bathrooms and kitchen, re-carpet, and paint the living room walls. By the time we open in the fall, the camp will be spruced up and ready to go.
Golden are the precious memories I hold close to my heart – the memories of the happy campers playing in the woods, singing around the campfire, and hiking to the lake. Special are those of you who give of your time and talents to keep Camp going for those yet to come. You are my heroes. You see what is right and good about the work we do at Camp, and you genuinely believe Camp changes lives for the better. Thank you for your continued support through your volunteer efforts at Camp and through your meaningful monetary gifts.
I hope the best for you and your families as we make it through to vaccinating the populous. Soon we will gather together on the mountain top, hugging and laughing and loving life once again. Until we do, there is much to get done, and your help and involvement are critical to the success of reopening Camp (Fall 2021).
You are missed by all who live here, including Camp dog, Daisy Doodle. Ever vigilant and waiting for a car to roll into camp, Daisy sits on my front porch staring for hours at the empty parking lot. I can only imagine that for a dog as outgoing as Daisy, she has had just about enough of being socially distanced from all her favorite campers.
If you are available to help with camp projects over the next few months, please click on the link under “Around Camp” to register your name and contact information. I will reach out to you with volunteer opportunities as we get things organized, and together, we’ll offer love and renewal to our beloved camp.