The afternoon of June 23, 2016 Camp Summers took a devasting blow. The flood brought ravaging waters through our buildings and left much in its wake including damages totaling more than $450,000. Thankfully due to the volunteer actions of many, your donations and our insurance, we were able to piece the camp back together in time for the rest of the camping season. This included major repairs to Girls Cabin #1, replacing the footbridge, fencing, refrigerations units, mattresses and much more.
While we were able to open the camp again, our aging pool sustained damages that continued to deteriorate it. If we cannot fix them soon, we will be required to close the pool for 2018. Our pool building has developed a serious crack that covers 56 feet and pool decking continues to crack and deteriorate which is a perilous hazard. To add to our problem, our pool does not meet the ADA or ANSI/INSPI safety requirements. We have been advised that the best way to deal with these multiple issues is to build a new pool.
At this time, we anticipate the cost of the new pool facility to be $250,000. Thanks to FEMA, our flood insurance, and some generous donors, we have been able to raise 75% of the funds needed, however, we still need to raise $60,000 quickley to have the pool ready by spring. That's why I writing this blog. As you probably are aware, our beautiful, historic camp is the property of Summers County and maganged on a very tight budget. We will need to raise the final needed funds or else enter debt service for a loan, which we simply cannot afford.
While the camp has endured some dark days during and after the horrific flood, the life lessons and leadership skills that make up the programming at Camp Summers were not lost. Out of the darkness many happy times have followed and our campers have made memories that a flood cannot erase! I know many of you have experienced the light Camp Summers brings. Whether at church camp, band camp, reunions, or 4-H camp, Camp Summers is a place near and dear to all of us. Several of you gave your time and your donations when we reopened in 2016, and for that we'll always be grateful. It's our hope to carry that momentum forward and finish the flood damage repairs with a new pool that all can enjoy.
I hope you will share this message with anyone you think may be interested in helping us raise funds for our pool. Donations can be made to Hinton Area Foundation/Camp Summers Improvemnt Fund, PO Box 217, Hinton, WV 25951
Spring will be here in less than one month! Wow! We have been working on camp all winter! Thanks to our County Commissioners, we have new roofs on all of the buildings and new ceilings in the kitchen and food storage area! The logs above the fireplaces in three cabins have had logs replaced, new chinking installed and have been sealed! We are putting together the cleaning schedule at this time. We have weekend days available for the picnic shelter and pool so pick a time and call me today before everything get booked! Also, we have one week, August 11 through 16 that would be great for a band camp, sports camp, church camp, etc. Please help us get this week booked! If you are interested in helping us get ready for this camp season, pelase call me at 304 673-9658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org! I'll see you at the camp!
The 2011 - 2012 has come to an end and I want to thank everyone that attended Camp Summers this season! The storm was hard on the camp and staff, but we prevailed. I seemed to be behind for the rest of the season, but we are putting it behind us now! I am now looking forward to the upcoming season because we are making more improvements for the 2012 - 2013 season. The Summers County Commission approved the installation of new roofs for ALL cabins! We are completing Girls 2 and Boys 2 and will have the other 4 completed before winter. We will have a new ceiling in the dishwashing area and food storage area! It is our hope to also have a new softball back stop installed before the campers arrive in the late spring! Delegate John O'Neal secured a grant to help finance 2 new roofs so thank him and the County Commission when you see them.
We still have days available for pool parties and family reunions and there are a couple of weeks in August that are available. The camp is a wonderful place to have any gathering so call me today at 304 673-9658 and I'll see you at the camp!
Thanks to the Summers County Key Club for adopting Boys Cabin#3. It looks great and it's ready for campers! We have several projects going at the camp right now! All of the tables in the dining hall have been painted. They really look nice! The dining hall and maintenance building roofs are beautiful. The bath houses are almost completely painted and are clean! We have almost all of the debris from the spring storms removed too! The pool is cleaned, but we are going to scrap some areas and re-apply paint. The grass is growing like you wouldn't believe! Drive by and take a look at what wehave accomplished this spring! We have some dates available for pool parties and family reunions, just give me a call at 304 673-9658! I'll see you at the camp!
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