Hundreds of people came out to help clean up the campground at the annual Memorial Day work party on May 30. After three years of dormancy for most of the facilities, the task seemed daunting. Yet, it was no match for the volunteers who came ready to work!
Team leaders began trickling in around 7:30 a.m. to set up, and by 8:00 numerous teams were engaged in a variety of projects. The main objectives were the usual to-do list: sweeping and washing over 250 cabins, scrubbing ten kitchenettes, setting up the prayer room and tabernacle platform, power washing the three fountains, cleaning the camp office, laying fresh mulch on the flowerbeds, installing carpet in the activity center, and repairing a long list of leaky cabin roofs and broken window screens.
In addition to the regular campground projects, carpenters and painters worked on some more new cabins that will have running water and electricity. Also, since the tabernacle is now used in March for the annual winter meetings, it did not need as much cleaning on Memorial Day, which freed up a number of people to start making beds for visitors staying in the rental units. Crucially, another team helped serve a much-needed donut break at 9:45.
At noon, the Memorial Day band began playing patriotic favorites and the lunch line opened, featuring hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, potato salad, mac and cheese, and chips. The band continued playing as workers waited in line, and several children were excited to get a turn to “direct” the band. After the lunch line, workers were greeted with the dessert bar, including a delicious spread of cookies, cakes, pudding, brownies, and more.
After being unable to hold camp meeting for two years, the Memorial Day work day was in some ways more challenging, but also more appreciated. We look forward to seeing our camp meeting guests in less than four weeks!