Monday, January 27, 2014

Wood-stacking Work Day

It wasn't the coldest day of the month, but it was close!  Thankfully, that didn't stop our volunteers from the Disaster Relief Team at Willowbrook from heading up to the camp to chop some wood!
Due to weather, the past three or four work days have had to be cancelled and the available fire wood had taken a huge hit.  So we got the fire roaring in the warming station, put on a pot of coffee, and got busy.
Volunteers from New Market Baptist Church, Wells and Gordon, manned the tractors, hauling downed trees up to the cutting stations.
These guys were professionals!
As the logs got cut, a couple of the camp's neighbor's, Susan and Amelia, help stack the wood.

The coolest part of the whole operation was watching the log splitter do its job:
No matter how big the log, the splitter had it handled.

And the warming station certainly got its fair share of traffic . . . 
And rightly so!

Chili was on the menu for lunch -- nothing like a hearty, hot meal after a morning of chopping wood.
And the chili was great -- Chris Wilson did a great job with it -- there wasn't a drop left between two crock pots.

We so appreciate all the help and the great stacks of wood we have now. May the name of Jesus be proclaimed many times over around the camp fires at the camp!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Troop 96 Weekend

Our first campers of 2014 were the great folks from Boy Scout Troop 96 and Cub Scout Pack 391 out of Epworth United Methodist Church. We've had the pleasure of hosting this group several times and always enjoy having them here.

The weekend was bright and sunny but incredibly cold, so for their first night, they "roughed" it up by (and under) the pavilion.  

As scouts joined the group on Saturday, they made their way up into the main campground.

Saturday, we were privileged to watch the bridging ceremony as boys from the Cub Scout Pack advanced up to the Boy Scout Troop.
It was a touching ceremony and we caught a bit of it to share:
Here's a closeup of the arrows he talked about and handed to the boys, too:
And a closeup of the newly-bridged Boy Scouts of Troop 96. . .

As always, we enjoyed having this group up at the camp.  They do a fabulous job of cleaning up and leaving things looking better.  We hope they make plans to visit again soon.