October 2010  

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The forestry project
Help wanted
Bathroom renovation
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Oct 8-10:
    
Women's unfinished
     projects retreat
Oct 15-17:
    
Confirmation retreat
Oct 29-31:
    
Fall work weekend
Nov 5-7:
    
Women's quilting retreat

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"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
       whose confidence is in him.

 He will be like a tree planted by the water
       that sends out its roots by the stream.
       It does not fear when heat comes;
       its leaves are always green.
       It has no worries in a year of drought
       and never fails to bear fruit."

Jeremiah 17:7-8

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The forestry project
30 months later...

Then
Now

During the winter of 2007-2008, we decided to clear the back 20 acres of woods at camp (the northwest corner, to the west of the campground).  Oak Wilt disease was running rampant, and the forest was so overcrowded that new growth was virtually impossible.  Not to mention, we had all but lost the walking paths and ski trails. 

The project was a bit of a mess.  The roads were rutted out from the heavy machinery, brush piles were everywhere, and the forest looked all but dead (pictured).  But what a difference 30 months can make!  The new growth is already about 8-10 feet high, and we have a beautiful set of walking trails around the perimeter and along the top of the ridge.  We also added a gorgeous gathering area called "The Crossroads" (pictured).


We're pleased to say that the project was a success.  If you haven't had a chance to walk the trails yet, visit and take a walk!  It's gorgeous in the fall.  (For more great "before and after" pictures, check out our Facebook page by clicking the link below)

Help wanted work weekend
Join us!

We're looking for anyone and everyone who might be willing to lend a hand with some maintenance projects around camp.  Oct 29-31 is our Fall work weekend, and we're asking for your help! 

During the day on Saturday, you can help out with a variety of cleaning, winterizing, landscaping, or woodcutting projects.  We'll provide the meals and lodging.  These weekends always prove to be productive and rewarding, and it would be wonderful if you'd join us.  Just call (920-787-3202) or email (office@campphillip.com) to let us know you're coming.

Bathroom renovation
Please help!

As we all know first impressions are very often lasting impressions.  The Maintenance Department has made it our goal over the last several years to make a good impression on guests.  We have beautified the cabins and grounds.  We spruced up the interior of the Dining Hall and Quad. 

But what is the one area that almost every person who comes to Camp sees?  The Dining Hall bathrooms.  Unfortunately these bathrooms are not all they can be.  Granted they are a far cry from the original concrete floors, lime green cinder block walls, and open stall showers that many of us remember, but they could be so much better.  We would like to give them a full makeover.  This would include new tile on all the walls, eco-friendly toilets, a new water heater, and "rustic" pine stall dividers.  This will of course be a major undertaking.  With our yearly budget as tight as it is we are unable to fund such a project from existing funds.  We would greatly appreciate any gifts of time or money that our Camp friends would be willing to give.  This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to a project that would be appreciated by every visitor, old and new, that comes to camp.
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