This week, Sky Ranch said goodbye to a long time friend: Our Hobart Dishwash Machine, otherwise known as Hobart. After faithfully serving the camp for almost 30 years, Hobart finally came to the end and was laid to rest . . . in the back of a pick up truck on its way to being recycled. Over the years, Hobart touched the lives of thousand of campers–who fondly looked forward to quality time with Hobart during KP, perhaps while getting to wear a funny hat.
(In truth, Hobart had been limping along for many years and finally was unusable after the windstorm last year caused a power surge to knock out much of it electric system. It has been replaced with a used industrial low-temp baking dishwasher, which will allow us to wash all our dishes, including cooking sheets. After going the whole spring doing dishes by hand, it is nice to have a functional dishwasher again!)
As we say goodbye to Hobart, we welcome our ADS-AFB Bakery Machine. And since ADS-AFB doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, we will keep everyone posted when a new name has been bestowed.
Up at Sky Ranch, we are busy preparing for the coming summer of ministry.
Over the past several weekends, many volunteers and friends of camp have been working diligently to get camp up and running, giving much needed attention to projects big and small. Projects include: New decks on Sorrow and Hope, Parks, and Walesa Youth Cabins, new walk way for Christ Lodge, new staff office in Christ Lodge, expansion of the Outdoor Chapel, and near completion of the Nature Center Remodel. Additionally, much work has been done to clean up trees from several wind storms over the last year, including more than 100 downed trees in the cabin area along. All of this is work that could not be completed without their faithful help and services.
As part of these weekends, we have had volunteer groups from many Lutheran congregations, including: Christ, Highlands Ranch; Abiding Hope, Littleton; Joy, Parker; Highlands, Denver, First, Longmont, Shepherd of the Mountain, Estes Park; Trinity, Loveland; as well as many individuals. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of these weekends.
This week we turn our attention to campers, with the arrival of our first Environmental Education participants on Thursday. The Summer has arrived!!