Exciting Construction Updates

Posted by Sharon

Lots of construction crews have been busy this year at Crestridge!  We’d like to fill you in on what all has been happening the past several months.  There are three projects at this point.

1. The two cabins are coming along well.  The shells are finished (minus the siding and roofs).  Now it’s time to get started on the inside.  Previously, we said that the new cabin on Chip/Chick Hill will be a Chickasaw cabin.  There has been a change and that cabin will now be a Chippewa cabin.  There will still be four Chippewa cabins and six Chickasaw cabins.  The staff cabin (currently known as the Mansion) will also be a Chippewa cabin.  The current Chickasaw 6 will be a staff cabin. The Chippewa cabin is a little different.  It has the porch on the side instead of on the end.  It looks great!
We’ve also decided to have six Cheyenne cabins and six Choctaw cabins. So if you have finished 6th grade, you’ll be in the Cheyenne Village.  If you have finished 8th grade, you’ll be in the Choctaw Village.  For those who have finished 7th grade, you’ll either be in Cheyenne or Choctaw.

2. We are adding a covered porch across the front of the Lodge.  This will allow more covered, outdoor space for the cooking skill!

3. Marty and Rob are updating the bathrooms in the Infirmary.  We don’t have any pictures to show at this point, but this is a huge improvement!  They are updating the light fixtures, vanities, toilets, and added new tile floors!

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The Construction is Continuing

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Chippewa and Cheyenne Hill will see an addition this year.  After much thought and prayer, we have decided to add two new cabins for summer 2014.  One of the cabins will be built just below the Mansion (staff cabin on Chip/Chick Hill).  This new cabin will be used in the Chickasaw Village.  The current Chickasaw 4 cabin will become Chippewa 4. The Chippewa Village will now have 40 campers! 

The second new cabin will be built behind the current Cheyenne 12.  The Cheyenne Village is now going to be available for those who have finished 6th grade along with some who have finished 7th.  For those who have finished 7th grade, you will either be in the Cheyenne or Choctaw Village.  The Cheyenne Village will now have 50 campers!  We are so grateful and excited for the opportunity to impact more lives! 

Construction has started on the new Cheyenne cabin, which will be called Cheyenne 14. Here’s the progress so far…

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We Have Returned!

Posted by Sharon

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.

Notice there is going to be tile outside of the showers!

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!

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Spilman Timbers

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Look at the size of these logs! These are the timbers that will support the new addition to Spilman! Using Chainsaws, nails, and hammers, the men muscled these hefty supports into place. They look impressive already…only making us more excited to see the finished product! More pictures soon…

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Oh the Progress Being Made…

Posted by Sharon

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.

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Up go the walls

Posted by Karah

A lot has happened here at camp since the last post…which was less than a week ago!  The floors are finished, with the exception of one Choctaw cabin, and now the framing has started.  Right now, only two cabins have the walls up, but it seems that every time we blink something else gets completed.  Below you can see the progress of the new staff cabin on Chipp/Chick hill.  Even Oj is interested in the construction process.



Keep looking staff and you’ll get an inside view of what the new cabin looks like…literally.  You can see the spaces on either side of the cabin where the showers and toliets will be placed.  That’s right, plural.  There will be two showers and two toliets, with a nice vanity mirror in the middle.  We’re living the high life now!  You can also see the porch, which will be covered when all is said and done.




Here’s some pics of the framing going up on one of the new Choctaw cabins.


Before any of us know it, it’ll be summer and all you campers and staff will be here experiencing the cabins for yourselves.  But until then, keep checking back for new pictures.

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Construction Update #5: More Floors!

Posted by Sharon

The cabin floors are almost finished!  As of yesterday, they were half way done on the last Choctaw and new Cherokee cabin.  Due to the rain today, I’m sure they will finish tomorrow.  Abby and I took quite a few pictures, so bear with us!  If you would like to see the pictures full size, simply click on the picture!

You can see in the last picture what the hill looks like in the fall and that without the leaves you can see much farther.

The first picture of the new Cherokee cabin was taken from outside the old Cheyenne bath house which will be turned into a staff cabin.  The next picture was taken coming down the road to Cherokee hill.

Abby and I decided to take a nap in the new Chickasaw cabin to show all you Chickasaws where you may be sleeping this summer!  We also wanted to show you what the lake looks like in the fall.  As you can see, there is no water, but look how much you can see behind the trees.

We were finally able to upload a video!  Click HERE to check out Cheyenne and Choctaw hill and be sure to listen for the beautiful sound of hammering in the background!

We are hoping to have pictures posted next week as they start on the new Bear Trap.  Thanks for joining with us on this endeavor, please continue to pray for us as we continue to move forward!

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Construction Update #4: Floors

Posted by Karah


As you can see above, the crew is moving fast with the construction.  As of this afternoon, one cabin (the Chipp/Chick staff cabin) had the floor completely done and another (the Chick cabin) was well under way.  If it doesn’t rain the next few days (as is forcasted) then all the new cabins should have finished floors by the end of the week!

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Concrete, Concrete and more Concrete!

Posted by Karah

The cabins are definitely coming along fast.  This morning the concrete truck arrived once again.  The columns have been finished on all the cabins and now it’s time to have more concrete poured into them.  We’re adding as much stability as possible because we know all the crazy antics that go on inside the cabins!  Here you can see the concete being poured into the Chipp/Chick cabin:

And here’s what it looks like on the other two hills:

Next week, the framing of the cabins should begin.  I wish everyone could be here to see it happening in person.  Since that isn’t the case though, keep checking back for updates.  We’re doing our best here at camp to document as much as possible!

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New Staff Cabin – Apache

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Back when I was an Apache we didn’t have the new fancy Apache bathhouse. Our old bathhouse was in the bottom half the two story Apache Cabin…connected to Cabin 3. Well, Marty has spent weeks renovating this old bathhouse. He is turning it into a brand new Staff Cabin. The Apache TL and a few other Central Staffers will be the first to live in the cabin with new walls and a new ceiling. They will be living in perhaps the nicest bedroom in camp. Although it’s still a construction zone, you can see Marty’s project is coming together! We have a few more buildings breaking ground soon. Be sure to check back for those pictures.

I have also posted here a picture showing the progress on the new Shawnee Cabin! They have the pillars finished and they are in the process of filling them with concrete. The floors system will start going in tomorrow! Things are moving along…and should be ready for you this summer! More details and pictures coming soon…

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