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Project Updates

Project Updates - March 2015

Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • The renovation work continues in lower Cedar Lodge. The new walk-in cooler and freezer have been installed and are in use, more than doubling the capacity of the old units. The old units have been removed, and workers are re-configuring that space, expanding the size of the kitchen. This is the first major expansion of the kitchen since the building was constructed in 1958-59! A new conference room has also been completed in lower Cedar Lodge. Meanwhile, the plans are coming together for the Cedar Lodge Chapel renovation project slated for early 2016. These projects are funded by the Embracing the Vision Campaign.

  • SpecielFriendsConstructionTwo new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps have been funded and are now under construction  (photo at right). Each dorm will house 18 people and is designed to accommodate those with special needs. These two dorms will be ready for the Special Friends Overnight camps this summer.

  • The coffee service in Cedar Lodge Lobby is being upgraded with a new automated brewer that will provide hot, fresh coffee for the guests, while reducing staff labor to keep it supplied. Come on by for a cup!

  • This spring, a new health room, office, and storage area is being built at W-Bar-B Ranch. The health room will provide a much needed area where the camp nurse can dispense medications and address the medical needs of the campers. This project is being funded, in part, by a foundation grant.

  • Native plant habitat improvements have been completed around Bayview Ranch House and new landscaping is being planted. Bayview is also scheduled to be painted and get new gutters this spring.

  • At the Stables, the construction of the new manure shed is getting underway this spring. This project helps the Camp protect the water quality in Port Susan Bay. The other project at the Stables, the new box stall barn, is on hold until funding can be secured.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or email her at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

Project Updates - November 2014

Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • Walkin Installation Project 04Renovation work continues in lower Cedar Lodge. Workers, most of them volunteers, are re-configuring the spaces where the new walk-in cooler and freezer will be installed. In the photo to the right, workman are adding a new beam to provide structural support above the space where one of the walk-ins will be installed. Once installed, the new walk-ins will more than double the cooler and freezer space for Food Service. Installation of these two units is scheduled to begin on November 3. Meanwhile, the plans are coming together for the Cedar Lodge Chapel renovation project slated for 2015 or 2016. These projects are funded by the Embracing the Vision Campaign.

  • We have applied for construction permits for phase one of an indoor box stall barn for the vaulting horses. This first phase entails building a pole barn off the north end of the covered riding arena. Phase two will follow when funds are available, and will include installation of the actual stalls, water, lighting, and flooring. This project is necessary to provide for the care of the vaulting horses.

  • The swimming pools have required a lot of maintenance this year! This spring, we repaired numerous leaks in the large pool. Suddenly, this summer, the small pool’s liner failed and underwent emergency replacement. We are finding more leaks in the large pool, and will need to replace the fiberglass liner soon.

  • Funds continue to come in for the construction of two new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps. Each dorm will house 18 people and is designed to accommodate the campers with special needs. Once funding is complete, construction will begin. The goal is to have these two new buildings ready for the Special Friends Overnight camps next summer.

  • The asphalt roads and parking spaces were recently re-striped allowing for safer traffic flow and much improved appearance.

  • Repairs to the sound system in the Program Center Auditorium are underway. The blown speakers are being repaired, sub-woofers added, and equipment installed to better protect the speakers from future damage.

  • New coffee machines are being installed in Maple Center and the Program Center this fall offering improved access to fresh, hot coffee while reducing the staff labor to service these locations.

  • Our thanks goes to a wonderful volunteer, John, who installed roofing on the announcer’s stand at the riding arena. He plans on doing some heavy repairs to the horses’ feed stalls at the Stables, as well.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or click here to send her an email.

Project Updates - August 2014

Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • The new offices and storage space in lower level of Cedar Lodge are nearly finished! Over the next few weeks, we will be moving offices and supplies into the new space. This will vacate the space needed for the new walk-in cooler and freezer. We anticipate the walk-ins will be installed in late August or September. Meanwhile, contractors are developing cost estimates for the CL Chapel renovation project which is slated for next year.

  • Pool Repair 1BWe are obtaining construction permits for phase one of an indoor box stall barn for the vaulting horses. Phase one entails building a pole barn off the north end of the covered riding arena. Phase 2 will follow when funds are available, and will include installation of the actual stalls, water, lighting, and flooring. This project is necessary for providing for the care of these horses.

  • The swimming pool liners were replaced ten years ago with a fiberglass product, but now, we are about at the end of the projected lifespan for that product. This spring, we repaired numerous leaks in the large pool. Suddenly, this summer, the small pool’s liner failed and is undergoing emergency repair/replacement. We will be evaluating options for a longer-term pool solution that will eliminate such large-scale sudden maintenance issues.

  • Building Permits are now in-hand for construction of two new Chinook Village cabins to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps. Each cabin will house 18 campers and is designed to accommodate the campers with special needs. A general contractor has volunteered to be construction supervisor and we are obtaining both bids and donation pledges for the work. Provided adequate resources are available, we hope to begin the project this fall.

  • A garage near the main entrance is being roofed and receiving new doors. The Nurse’s Cabin will be roofed this summer/fall once we can schedule the needed contractor. The roof has a steep pitch and is not one that our volunteers can safely do.

  • A contractor has begun cleaning and treating all of our composition shingle roofs. This will improve the longevity of the roofs and the general appearance of the property.

  • This month, volunteers will be painting the exterior of the Program Center.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at 360-312-3417 or email her at jwilson@warmbeach.com.