Welcome Center Update

Building can sometimes feel like paint drying as you wait for permits, ordered materials, etc. But when it is going well, it is always like magic how fast things come together. Since our last update two weeks ago, we now see the camp office and the 2nd floor of the Welcome Center coming to life. This post is short and sweet and just to show you our progress as we get ready to welcome National Youth Leadership Training this weekend.

The camp office end of the Welcome Center. This office will serve as the check in and out point for all of our camp activities. Around to the left is the back porch of the residence.

Here are a few pictures of the upstairs rooms for the residence. The walls are going up quickly. Hopefully we will have pictures of the roof for you in our next update!

Sometimes it Takes a Village!

By Laura Lovell, Director of Camp and Properties

In our last post, I was telling you about the challenge disassembling and cost effectively moving the massive beams and other climbing wall components from the Van Vleck farm in Rancho Murietta to NorCal.

If we figured out how to do this, our dream of having this climbing and repelling tower as the centerpiece of the NorCal COPE course would become reality!

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Climbing High–The Making of a new COPE Course?

By Laura Lovell, Director of Camp and Properties

Earlier this summer, Scouter Wess Larsen told me about a climbing tower that had been erected for the LDS Jamboree group on the Van Vleck farm (see photo above) in Rancho Murietta, but was no longer being used. The Van Vlecks had asked for the tower to be removed. From what I gathered, this was not your average climbing wall, but a massive structure, made with huge metal beams. Could we somehow relocate it to NorCal and use it as the centerpiece of our new COPE course? Hmmm… Continue reading “Climbing High–The Making of a new COPE Course?”