Capping the Welcome Center

The ridge beam went in for the upper floor of the Welcome Center today. All of those rooms, so many walls, so much framing done, but with that one long beam, the whole thing suddenly comes together in a way that is hard to describe.

Almost magically, it looks like a home. A residence for caretakers for now and into the future. You can see the back porch area where friends will no doubt be invited over to share a hamburger while relaxing in the beauty of the NorCal Adventure Area. Both offices (residence and camp office) will have their ridge work in place soon. With a little luck, Mother Nature will let it stay dry just long enough to get the last walls done and the roofing on in the next 14 days.

For an idea of how much difference 24 hours can make, here is a photograph yesterday from the front of the house without the ridge beam.

Here we see the front porch with its entry door to the right for the residence. The master suite is on the left with the living room windows on the right. This side of the house faces Oregon Hill Road. The bedrooms upstairs are almost completely framed and there are more walls in place today that were not there yesterday when this picture was snapped. This beautiful building has been difficult with its unique framing. Each bedroom has different sized and angled walls making it a challenge to frame quickly. But now we are so close.

What else is going on? Yesterday and today saw loads of rock coming in for the culverts where we have water going under our camp loop drive/road. Our logging company is also gearing up to take out the last of the trees needed to complete the road areas and to protect our buildings. Next week we hope to have more pictures of these great events while they occur. Good weather willing…..

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!

Spring Open House

This past Sunday we had our first NorCal open house! It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon where a group of around 15 people gathered together over a BBQ lunch to hear an update on where we are in the buildout of NorCal and to learn more about the vision going forward. Continue reading “Spring Open House”

Lots of Progress–Mostly Behind the Scenes

It was a busy summer for NorCal, but a lot of it was behind the scenes work by many hard-working volunteers and staff. From the onset, our plan was to build a first-class camp and adventure area that could be enjoyed by not only our council but the surrounding communities. And what comes with that is a little bureaucracy with the county and a lot of architectural and engineering planning by us. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been up to the past couple of months:

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