Things are moving along very quickly here! The construction workers have almost completed their work before the final inspection for the Beehive. There are just a few last things they have to finish up. Since the last update, they have put on a lot of the finishing touches like door handles, lighting, toilets, sinks, and the rest of the trim. It looks fantastic!
They have put in wood floors and lighting in the clothing store and the museum and they look so nice!
They put in tile floor in the food area of the store, and looks great!
They also put tile floor in the bathrooms, as well as toilets, sinks, and door handles on all of the doors.
Workers have also been working on the gym – the inside has been repainted and looks so nice, especially with those new windows! Pretty soon, the outside will be painted as well!
The latest project has been the riflery range, which has been going up quickly. This is up on Cherokee hill, beyond Cherokee 22. It is a much bigger platform than our old one, and will be nice to have more space up there.
We can’t wait for everyone to see these awesome improvements to camp in person! The time will be here before we know it!
Week by week, day by day, the construction workers are making progress on our new store – The Beehive! It was really exciting to see it get painted last week. They almost completed painting the outside in one day – and it looks great.
It now matches the Bear Trap. You can just imagine rocking chairs – and a lot of them – lining this side!
They have also added trim around the top and base boards in the rooms.
We have two bathrooms in the new building, which will be great for use during skills and various activities! They have been working on the bathroom floors this week and they are looking good as well.
We also enjoy a beautiful view of the mountains from the back porch, especially the top landing area outside of the museum!
This is going to be a great building that will be put to good use in the near future and for many summers to come!
Here at camp, we are so excited about all of the changes going on around Crestridge. A lot of progress has been made on the Beehive since our last update. The siding is almost all up on the outside, just waiting to be painted. The walls are up on the inside both upstairs and downstairs and it looks great! It is amazing how different the inside looks with the walls up between the rooms and everything. It is coming along very nicely… It will be an awesome place to hang out this summer!
We also have a few other construction related projects going on around camp. The telephone pole that used to be in front of the store was moved down the hill a little so it isn’t right in front of the Beehive. Also, something that will be really nice are the new windows that are being put in the gym. The new windows are already in one side of the gym and it is crazy how much more light those windows are letting in!
Can’t wait until the summer when you all are here and get to enjoy all of these changes and additions as well!!
The Beehive is a busy place right now! Construction began back in October with taking down the existing Store and Landsports Hut. Then they dug out where the Beehive was going to sit. The next step was to build the foundation. They put down the block and concrete floor for the basement. A couple weeks ago, they began framing the Beehive. I am amazed each time I go over to Crestridge and see how much the workers have accomplished! They work so fast! They are currently working on the porches and finishing the roof.
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As you may know, our beloved Store was recently taken down in order to build a bigger, better Store. Most of us aren’t aware of what the Store once was. After digging through old pictures, I found one that reveals its history.
The Store used to be the Staff Lounge back in the day. This picture was taken in the 1960’s. It used to be an open room with furniture, books, and the signature pay phone. According to Anja Cleveland, if a staffer wanted to make a phone call, they had to wait in line and everyone would end up hearing their conversation. Campers were rarely allowed inside. As a camper, Rhonda Smith went in only once and that was to give her counselor a perm!
At that time, the clothing was sold in a small building behind the Dining Hall called “The Beehive”. The small building was where the Crafts building is now.
After the Staff Lounge was moved, it turned into the Store; a place where we currently give out candy and drinks and sell camp clothing. The Store had a more official name which was “Crestridge Cupboard”.
Before we tore down the Store, we wanted to take out anything salvageable. This was the last picture taken of the Store.
That building held a lot of memories! We were sad to see it go, but just wait until you see what is taking its place! Check back soon to see pictures of the progress.