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?”
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?”
If you’ve been following the progress of the Yuba property, you know that we did a lot of logging this past Autumn. All of the logged trees are long gone and at the mill waiting to become lumber, but left behind are hundreds of stumps–the majority of which are right where we want to construct campsites, buildings, program areas and more.
The removal of the stumps began on July 5th–and it’s a big, big job. But pulling those stumps and roots balls out of the ground with heavy equipment is just the beginning–we were stumped–what the heck are we going to do with all those stumps? Continue reading “We’re Stumped!”
Over the past couple of weeks I joined Chuck Brasfeild and some of his team from the Council Office to do some work getting the residence ready for our new Director of Camping Services, Laura Lovell. A lot of hard work has gone into getting the house ready for Laura and there’s still more to be done! You’ll be hearing from us soon on how you can help by coming up to NCAA to help complete the project of turning “this old house” into a fantastic residence for Laura and her family! Continue reading “This Old House!”
I recently spent some time with Mike Boggs, VP of Strategy for the Council, to get an update on the different development projects happening at the camp–take a look!