As we mentioned in our last post, this Spring is going to be a busy one at NorCal, and the action has begun! There are a few projects in the works, including:
If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know that our plans call for building a road that circles the entire camp. With the recent macerator work and some further timber work currently being done, we’re making some progress on this project. The area around the camp that the road will be on has now been marked by our civil engineer and he is working to place it on the site plan for future planning of the camp water and electrical infrastructure.
Continue reading “Things are Hopping at NorCal!”
UPDATE March 2 :
We would like to address some comments to this post about the removal of the existing pool and replacing it with a lake.
While this change will indeed affect those camp users that currently use the pool as is, the pool is not a part of the property that we can maintain over time in a way that is consistent with the Vision Plan for the camp – financially or programmatically.
The existing pool needs significant repair, and costs thousands of dollars and many hours of personnel time to stay usable but offers little in the way of an overall waterfront experience. The lake will provide swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and will also be more aesthetically aligned with the new layout of that main area of camp. It also offers increased water resource for fire control, with access for fire trucks not just for the NorCal property but to be used for surrounding Cal Fire needs.
The council is consciously delaying the conversion project until after this summer’s planned use by existing pool users and are happy to provide more information on how the new lake will be an even better option for everyone for water recreation in the future.
It’s been mighty cold up here at NorCal, in fact it just snowed! However, there is proof that Spring is just around the corner–springtime is the land awakening, and as you can see in this short video the land is indeed awakening here at camp! Continue reading “Brrr….it’s Cold, but Spring is Around the Corner!”
Happy New Year to everyone!
It’s been a while since our last update, however during the holiday break much progress has been made on NorCal’s first new construction project, the Maintenance Building. In fact, it’s nearly completed! Final work is being done as we speak–interior walls, electrical, lighting and plumbing.
As you will see from this final time-lapse video, this is a massive building that will not only store program equipment and supplies, but will also house a completely stocked shop with all the tools and equipment necessary to start building out the rest of your camp.
Continue reading “New Year, New Building!”
Here’s the Maintenance Bldg. time-lapse from foundation to completed concrete slab. Next up you’ll see the actual building being constructed! Exciting times. Stay tuned.
Continue reading “3 Weeks of Progress in 3 minutes!”
After months of talking about logging, stump removal, grading, seeding etc. we’ve finally made it to building construction time!
Last week the foundation work started on the first of many new buildings–the maintenance building. Continue reading “Building Construction Time!”
The GEC has a new drone, and we’re putting it to work right out-of-the-box. We couldn’t think of a better way to keep you apprised of construction progress at NorCal than through the air! Continue reading “Droning On…”
On Wednesday evening the annual Past Presidents BBQ Dinner was held for the first time at the NorCal Adventure Area in the outdoor dining hall. A number of our past presidents and other guests were in attendance to not only enjoy a fantastic barbecue steak dinner, but also get an update from Scout Executive Chuck Brasfeild, on the “state of the union” for the Golden Empire Council, and of course, NorCal! Continue reading “Past Presidents BBQ at NorCal”
What happens when logging trucks, bulldozers, backhoes and other heavy equipment spend a summer preparing property for construction? If you thought DUST, you are absolutely correct. Continue reading “Hydro What?”
With all the stumps gone and the Perc tests completed, the construction crew has been hard at work moving a ton of dirt around! They are preparing and leveling the ground and making “pads” for the first four buildings sites which include the maintenance building, the training center and the first campsites.
Continue reading “NorCal has Some new Pads!”
As the stumps are removed and off to help save some fish (see previous post), crews are in the process of testing our soil to be sure we are able to build those beautiful new bathrooms and shower houses laid out in the Norcal Adventure Area master plan. The process of testing the soil is called a “perc test.”
What’s a perc test and why do we need to do them when our camp already has bathrooms, you may ask? Continue reading “A Perc What?”