Tuesday, May 24, 2011

We had another work day last Saturday. The picture above shows the all day project of putting in the docks. The water level has gone up approximately 18" since last fall, so a lot of adjusting needed to be done on both the swimming and fishing docks.
Mark Jarosinski worked with Nick on the facade of Molly's house.
Last week Jen and Marceaux got a load of sand for the bocce court. The guys brought all the 100# bags down to the bocce court where the final layer was spread and shook with the compactor.
We've had issues with water runoff down by the lake. The sand went right up to a small piece of concrete sidewalk and when it rained very hard, the force of the water would wash the sand away. In the above pic the guys are filling with gravel to encourage drainage. They topped it off with dirt, which we will put sod on to encourage the rain to disperse before it gets to the sand.
Today Molly painted the door to the old playhouse, which is now Marceaux' Dog House. (Really, he's using it for hobbies)
Tim's been finishing the plumbing in the Lumberjack lodge. He's been setting toilets.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday May 19

Three guys from the Black River Falls Assembly of God church came up last weekend to work. They came late Thursday night; worked Friday; and worked Saturday until they left after lunch. They worked on the exterior of Molly's house and did electrical work all around the grounds.
Jen's dad and Marceaux worked on Karol's golf cart, which needed major repairs. It's almost there!
A dream come true!! At long last, Tony's wish came true for a skidsteer. Camp Daniel saved up for many years to be able to purchase this used skidsteer with tracks. Tony and Tim say on a weekly basis how much easier something would be if we just had the skidsteer. As you can see it has a new bucket. There are many attachments on our wishlist. We have forks to be able to use it as a forklift, which will be a tremendous help as we currently have no way of moving pallets more than a few feet. We'd love to get a snowblower for winter.

A group from Able Church came up for the workday on Saturday. Some stayed the weekend. Above you see Peter and Jim cleaning brush and leaves.Our awesome raking crew braved cold and rainy weather!
Steve Hays was here for the day. Below he's just goofing around, but he did actually do some work. He and Jen's dad sanded and polyurethaned the stained bunkbeds.
Last week Little Tony and Richard spent two days cleaning the garage. We're trying to make room for Marceaux to be able to work on vehicles inside the garage. His mechanics stuff is crammed into a small area now and he needs room so that he can work all year round.
Jen and Marceaux took the guys last Wednesday to Chilton to get a one ton load of granite sand for a top layer on the bocce ball court.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Well, since I haven't blogged in 3 weeks, there's lots of catching up to do! We'll just follow the order of the pictures. Two weekends ago, the youth group from Kimberly came up for a work weekend. They arrived Friday night and enjoyed a bonfire by the lake. Then after breakfast on Saturday, they got to work. Many helpers from Able Church were also here for the work day. Above you see the crew that was raking leaves. It was a rough day for raking with the cold and the wind, but they did a great job! Below you see the girls from the youth group staining bunkbeds.
In the picture below, the two girls shown filled all of the nail holes in the trimwork of the dorm.

Below, they are raking dirt in areas that were planted with trees last fall. These areas were then seeded with the special tall grass seed that we planted in adjoining areas earlier last fall.
The boys in this pic are taking a layer of gravel off of this path that was put in last year. We are going to add a more decorative layer for the top.
Jen has put in many hours in her makeshift sewing room that she set up in the birch cabin of the Lumberjack Lodge. She made the curtains for that room and the curtains for the Red Oak Cabin as well. She did a great job. They are lined and well made to stand the abuses of camp.
Here Jen and Crystal are putting polyurethane on the door jambs. Karol also applied an additional coat of poly to all of the trim in the four baths.
Also during the last few weeks:
Chrissy, Tony and Karol all went to Green Bay for the Reinhart regional food show. They attend it every year to get new ideas and items for the summer menu.

Molly, Jen, Chrissy and Karol all spent half a day giving the Red Oak and White Birch dorms and baths a very thorough cleaning. With the bulk of the messy construction done, it could get a good spring cleaning.

Marceaux has been working on getting the golf carts running. Plus doing some other maintenance around the grounds

Tony and Karol met with the leaders of the Our Lady of the Blessed Hope youth group that will be working for a week on the grounds this summer. All of the projects for their summer trip needed to be finalized and detailed out so that all of the needed materials could be ordered. Tony and Karol had measured and drawn up as detailed as possible, all of the projects they'll be doing. Then they all met at Menards for 2 hours to make necessary changes and order everything.