Wind Storm @ Sky Ranch

This past weekend a wind storm roared through Sky Ranch with wind gusts up to 100 mph! The storm left hundreds of trees down, all around the Sky Ranch property. And while we have thousands of dead beetle kill trees around camp, it was mostly green trees, full of needles and wind-resistence, that fell.

A group from Christ Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch was at camp for a confirmation retreat when the storm hit. Fortunately, no one was injured and the group was in good spirits. Camp lost power Saturday evening and, when it hadn’t been restored by 8:00 am the next morning, the group decided it was time to go. Only to get out of camp, the group, lead by Gary Knutson, had to hack their way through 17 trees, primarily on Tom Bennett hill. And yes, the thought of Gary with an ax should be terrifying to all.

Power wont be restored to camp for another couple days. There is substantial damage around camp. A tree behind the lodge fell through the roof of the tool shed and onto a car from the CLC group. The vehicle has a crushed roof and shattered windshield. Another tree fell through the roof of the woodshed behind the lodge. There is damage to platform tents and numerous signs around camp. However, perhaps the most dramatic, the large Douglas Fir in front of the Backpack Center is now on the BPC roof.

We are working with the insurance company to assess the damage. At first it was said that this might fall under “ACT OF GOD;” however, we all know God is merciful . . . and our shower house doesn’t have a single scratch! Regardless, this spring there will be a lot of work to be done to clean up trees all around camp. As soon as we identify work weekends, we will let everyone know how they can help.

We’ll keep this page up to date with information on the storm and the damage we discover. For now, prayers of thanksgiving that no one was injured, that the group made it out safely, and that there isn’t more damage.

If you would like to help with the costs of clean up and repairs, you can click above to make a donation online. Next spring we will be organizing clean up crews for all of the downed trees. More information to come. 

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