The first summer at Camp Crestridge was 1955 which means we’ve celebrated 57 summers! That is a lot of history, pictures, stories, etc. We’d like to show you what camp was like “back then”. Every Friday, we are going to post a blog that will highlight different parts about camp through the years.
Today’s focus is the beginning of the Dining Hall. Did you know that when camp began in 1955, the Dining Hall wasn’t even built yet? The campers and staff had to put their dresses on and walk to the Ridgecrest Conference Center to eat every meal. And remember, the roads weren’t paved yet. They had to walk on the dirt roads. How would you like to do that now?
As you can see, these pictures are of the Dining Hall being built after camp began. Sometimes it is hard to imagine what camp was like before all the buildings were here. We are thankful for the way God has provided for us and grown camp through the years!
If you haven’t noticed, it has been a couple weeks since our last construction update. Well, we are back from vacation and ready to bring you an update of all that’s going on! Here’s a list of what they have done on the Bear Trap since our last update: plumbing, electrical work, insulation, the metal roof, most of the drywall inside and the siding outside, and put the plywood up above the porches.
It’s crazy how much they got done within the week that we were gone! They should be putting in the hardwood floors soon!
The other construction team is still going strong on the cabins. They are working on the bathroom area and even painting the outside of a cabin. The plumbing and electrical work is just about finished. Here are pictures of each new cabin.
As mentioned in a previous blog, Marty is renovating the old Cheyenne bath house into a staff cabin. He has a little more help now that Stewart, the Ridgecrest intern, is here.
Now last, but certainly not least, the Dining Hall. They are now patching up the floor from where the walls were taken out. They are about finished with the new deck and it looks great! Check out the pictures below.
There you have it! It’s still so exciting to go over to Crestridge and see what all is happening. It’s hard to believe that we are this far along. I like to look back at the first picture taken and compare it the ones taken today. God is good!
We hope everyone has had a smooth transition back into school and work after the holidays. Check back soon for more updates!
Well, there has been so much progress, I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s start with the bath house. Marty is amazing! As I recall, Phil mentioned that Marty is sometimes mistaken for Jack Bauer and I believe it! He cleared out the second part of the old Cheyenne bath house and has started putting up petitions. Here’s some pictures to show you the progress:
You can tell Marty has been working hard. All three pictures were taken of the same place. The door in this picture is the back of the bath house. When you walk in, there will be a small closet straight ahead and a public bathroom on the left. It may not make sense at the moment, but you just wait!
Moving on to the next project, you’ll see there has been a lot of progress on the dining hall.
Ron shared a little history with me about our dining hall as we were looking at the renovations. Apparently this is what the dining hall looked like for a while and then the offices were added. It’s going to be nice having the extra space!
I know the campers will enjoy this next project. The plumbing has started in the cabins. They have started putting pipes in for the showers and sinks. But the best thing about it is the new water heaters. The new cabins will have instant hot water and it will last longer than one shower! It will last for everyone’s shower!
The second picture is the new hot water heater. It’s much smaller than our existing hot water heaters.
Well, that’s it for these projects. The framing of the Bear Trap will be finished tomorrow! Check back in the next day or two and we’ll show you pictures.