Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day Work Weekend

Photos from the first day of our annual Memorial Day Work Weekend. Check back tomorrow for more photos and personal highlights from our staff, volunteers, and board members!

More photos from camp

Just a few more photos from Sky Ranch. Included in this photo set: Trinity, Fort Collins’ pack out room Leave a Trace Project, Spirit of Joy, Fort Collins’ Adopt-A-Cabin work on King Cabin, and Steve and Andrew uncovering frozen pipes to the shower house. Oh yes, and a moose peeking around the trees outside the cabins.

As you can see there is a lot of work being done at Sky Ranch to get ready for the coming camping season. And yet there are many projects still to be done. Which is why . . . WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Please, come be a part of our Memorial Work Weekend and help put the finishing touch on camp before campers arrive. You can sign up to come to camp on our online registration, or call our office for more information (@ 970-493-5258).

Can’t wait to see you . . . up at Sky Ranch!

-Andy

It is the end of our first week of camp, finishing one of two weeks of environmental education. It was quite the week. We received a foot of snow on Wednesday and lost power for 10 hours. But all remained safe and warm and happy.

Today was also the start of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Leave a Trace project. Trinity’s (Fort Collins) project includes transforming the staff laundry room in the Backpack Center into a new food pack out area for the backpacking program. Today’s efforts included framing a new wall and sheetrocking the new wall and ceiling. The volunteers working in the pictures are Rick, Bob, and Gary.

In the next couple weeks, volunteers from Trinity will be putting in new lights, painting the ceiling, epoxying the floor, putting FRP on all of the walls, and installing new plumbing for a three sink. The new pack out room will allow our high wilderness staff to prepackage all of our meals, as well as allowing us to prepare more dehydrated food at camp.

Thank you so much to Trinity in Fort Collins for supporting Sky Ranch and for giving us this wonderful resource. If you are part of a congregation or group that may be interested in volunteering at Sky Ranch, check out the Leave a Trace page under the Get Involved menu to see some of the projects that are available.

Also a reminder that Memorial Work Weekend is scheduled for May 28 – 31 and we would love to have you come and lend a hand as we work to get camp ready for summer. Details are on www.SkyRanchColorado.org.

CAMP HAS STARTED!!

That’s right, our first campers arrived at Sky Ranch yesterday. The joys and excitement of camp, as well as the the noise of kids yelling, has finally returned!

And to mark such a momentous moment we were given a wonderful gift: a foot of snow!!

Here are some pictures of the last 24 hours. Hope it gets you excited to come up to Sky Ranch. I also hope it gets you excited for the wonderful blue skies and warm temperatures of SUMMER!!

And don’t worry, we are staying plenty warm sitting by the fires and having plenty of fun playing with the kids!

-Andy

We have one week til campers arrive at Sky Ranch. This is pretty exciting in and of itself but there is another reason to be excited today: The arrival of our new sofas for the sitting areas on the main floor of Christ Lodge. The sofas were ordered two months ago and we have been anxiously waiting for them to arrive.

Here are some pictures of the new sitting areas (one around  the wood stove on the east side and one around the fire place on the west side). There are also some pictures of Steve working on tables for each of the sitting areas.

I hope these pictures get you excited to come to camp at Sky Ranch. Remember: It isn’t too late to sign up for summer camp. Please CLICK HERE to register for summer programs!

God’s Peace,

Andy