Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • CLProjectExterior 275Work has slowed on the renovation project in lower Cedar Lodge while we wait for more building permits and inspections. The volunteers have moved outside where they are getting the new siding on and painted. The photo at right shows the bluff-side of lower Cedar Lodge with the new windows, doors, and siding, including to the new freight entrance door. The new offices going in to this area must be completed so there can be a re-shuffling of office space to open up the area where the new walk-in cooler and freezer will be installed. A major remodeling project like this requires a lot of careful choreography!

  • The native growth buffer was planted last month along the property line above Bayview Ranch House. This completes a requirement of our Conditional Use Permit that had to be done before any additional building permits could be received.

  • Several badly broken sidewalks near the Program Center and the Snack Shop have been removed. For now, they have either been replaced with gravel walkways, or not replaced at all. The sidewalk going to the Prayer Chapel had several tripping hazards that have been ground down.

  • Two new parking lots have been created near the Program Center. These will be used during The Lights of Christmas for the Joyland Concert Hall. To get the roadways ready for The Lights, a road grader is scheduled to come in late November and give our roads some much needed attention.

  • Two improvements are in the works at the Stables. The new manure shed will cost approximately $20,000, and when completed, will move the manure storage further from a stream that runs into Puget Sound. This will reduce the risk of any negative water quality impacts from the horses. We are seeking environmental funding for that project. The other project is new box stalls for the vaulting horses. This project will enable us to better care for the vaulting horses by keeping them indoors and out of the practice arena. Currently, we have to temporarily pasture horses on a secondary sacrifice pasture, which is not a sustainable practice as it compromises the pasture in winter time. We are awaiting bids for this project from the contractors.

  • Most work on projects comes to a close this time of year, but the planning goes on for the work that will be needed next year and beyond.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp or by email at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • CL Hallway WorkThe area in lower Cedar Lodge where the restrooms used to be looks totally different now! Work continues on turning that space into new office and storage areas, and an enlarged laundry. Structural improvements being made to the building are taking longer than anticipated, but these improvements must be completed before work can begin on Cedar Lodge Chapel upstairs. Installation of the new walk-in cooler and freezer for Food Service will have to wait for early next year, since we are now gearing up for The Lights of Christmas. There is still some structural preparation to be done before the cooler and freezer can be installed.

  • Architectural drawings are being prepared for the two new A.D.A. cabins at Chinook Village for Special Friends overnight camp planned for next summer. These drawings are needed to apply for the construction permits, and for assessing the construction costs. Funding will need to be raised to enable construction to begin. We are excited about launching this new program that will provide an even greater impact on the lives of the campers with special needs, and also give a much-needed break for the campers’ caregivers.

  • Planning has begun on a refurbishment project for Cascadian Lodge. We are working with an interior designer on plans for redecorating the sleeping rooms and lobby. This will involve new carpeting, paint, upholstery, lighting, and window coverings. Our goal is to have a sample room completed by March 2014. From there we will seek funding for updating the remaining Cascadian rooms.

  • Work is being done this fall on several projects. These include: some parking improvements for The Lights of Christmas and Program Center, planting a native growth buffer along the property line above Bayview Ranch House (which is a continuation of the work required by our Conditional Use Permit), and planning for improvements in our environmental stewardship in the horse program. This involves re-locating the manure shed and building a box stall addition for the vaulting horses. This fall, as we establish a budget and plans for next year, our prayer is that we can tend to the work needed to address issues of safety, environmental stewardship, and building preservation, along with the continuation of the Cedar Lodge project and Chinook Village makeover.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp or by email at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • CL RRWork 300The old restrooms in Lower Cedar Lodge have been dismantled in preparation for the renovation work to come. Throughout the year, we will be moving offices and storage areas around to free up the space to install a larger walk-in cooler and freezer. The space currently occupied by the freezer and cooler will eventually become additional work space and storage for the kitchen. This will vastly improve the productivity of the kitchen.

  • The projects on the lawn between Cedar Lodge and Cascadian have been completed! The overhead electrical lines that ran above the lawn have been moved underground, and an underground sprinkler system has been installed. Grass has been planted and should be green by summer! Together, these projects improve the safety, aesthetics, and functionality of this area of the grounds. Our sincere thanks goes to the family who provided the funding to make this project possible.

  • The native growth buffer along the property line between the pools and the Senior Community has been planted, and work along the property line above Bayview Ranch House is underway. Invasive plant growth is being removed (blackberries and ivy), and a new native plant buffer and fencing are being installed. These projects are part of the requirements of our Conditional Use Permit.

  • The conversion of Chinook Village into the new home for the Special Friends Camps continues. Modifications to the restrooms are underway to accommodate wheelchairs and meet A.D.A. requirements. A medical room is being set up and equipped to allow for care of the special needs campers. Volunteers from several senior volunteer organizations are coming this month to help with the construction of a new fire circle with seating that will better accommodate those with mobility challenges. These improvements will be completed in time for the first Special Friends camp this summer.

  • Some current projects include: painting the interior of Cascadian Lodge (finished), replacing the server for the Camp’s computer system (installed), power-washing and cleaning as many of our buildings, roofs, and other areas as possible (lots of progress on this with the help of some staff and wonderful volunteers), and the sprinkler system in the ball field is being repaired and both fields are being leveled for safer play.

  • This summer, Cascadian Lodge will be getting a new roof to repair some leaks and preserve the building. In our climate, roofs always seem to be an issue! 

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp or by email at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

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