Saturday, April 9, 2011

March (and April) Madness

The craziness of March and April had nothing to do with VCU making it to the Final Four or my beloved Lady Vols getting beat out by Notre Dame. While March used to mean the coming of a much needed Spring Break, it was almost the complete opposite here at Camp Bahamas.

We started off March with a group from the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at the University of Central Florida. This was a special group because, after spending all of February putting on the finishing touches, they were officially the first group to stay in the cabins on the Camp Bahamas property! While they were here they put the hurricane clips on the foundations for the two duplex cabins along with putting the flooring on.

The group from UCF was followed by the high school boys volleyball team from Florida Christian School. They were a fantastic group who took on the difficult task of prepping the foundation of the main building for a concrete pour by shoveling dirt and rock out of trenches and tying steel. During their time here they also played volleyball in the afternoons with school children and played nightly volleyball games with some local adults.

Right after we said goodbye to Florida Christian we welcomed a youth group from First Baptist Oviedo, a group of high school students from Orlando AND Rod Straw. You may remember that Rod was here for all of January building and came back for 3 weeks in March to start work on a duplex cabin. The team from Oveido worked on the beach, the paintball field and helped Rod complete and raise the walls of the duplex cabin. While they were here they also did a VBS program in the afternoons with children from Palmetto Point.

Afer the group from Oviedo left we had a week without a team, but with Rod here that didn't mean a week without work. During that week we put a roof on the duplex cabin. It seems that amount of work should have made for a longer sentence, but oh well :)

On Monday we welcomed a youth group from Sugar Hill Church in Atlanta, GA. While they were here work continued on the duplex cabin, adding a porch with a roof, some interior walls and a set of stairs. They also continued work on the paintball field and built bunk beds. They also did VBS both in Tarpum Bay and Palmetto Point. They closed out their week last night with the first of many bonfires on the Camp Bahamas beach.

Whew! As you can see it has been a busy busy time here, but SO much has been accomplished and we have met SO many amazing people who sacrificed their spring break to come serve with Camp.

Along with all that has been accomplished by the teams, work continues to be done in preparation for the main building. Two weeks ago the building itself was delivered to the Camp Bahamas Property. As soon as the work on the concrete foundation is finished the building will begin to go up. Exciting!

Keep checking the Camp Bahamas Ministries Facebook Page for updates!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

beginnings of 2011

After a couple months, I'm reentering the world of blogging with hopes of doing a bit better than I did in 2010...but no promises :)

I got to see many of you during the month I spent at home in Iowa. During my time in the states I made my way to Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, and of course, Iowa. My time at home was fantastic which made leaving a little bitter sweet. I got to see many friends and family. It was a refreshing time of relaxing and reclaiming my high school job as a lifeguard for a month. At the end of my time in the States I was able to travel to Atlanta to attend the Passion Conference. About 12 counselors from Camp Bahamas met there and had a wonderful time getting to spend time together outside of the Bahamas. The conference was amazing and if you missed it you should consider their next one in April in Ft. Worth, Texas.
After 30ish hours in a car I hopped on a plane and headed back to the Bahamas. When I arrived there was a team here from Pennsylvania. I only got to spend two days with them, but wish it could have been more. They were great! The leaders of this trip have been coming for the past four years and continue to be a huge blessing to Camp Bahamas. One of the leaders, Rod Straw, owns his own construction company and is a very gifted builder and he actually stayed all of January to help with construction at camp.
Having Rod here was a GIGANTIC blessing. So much was accomplished and it is so great to see things at camp moving along. While Rod was here we pretty much worked from sun up to sun down. For those that know me well that 6:30 wake up call six days a week was a challenge :) But like I said, SO much was accomplished.
Here's a list of the awesome things happening at the camp property:
-Camp road widened to two lanes
-Land cleared for the new main building (a gymnatorium)
-Water storage tanks finished
-All bathroom fixtres installed in all 6 cabins
-Foundations for the next 4 cabins finished
-Bunk beds (3 high!) built for all 6 cabins
-Bathroom fixtures installed
-Bathroom shelving built, painted and installed
-Dining room benches built
-Shed to house the Reverse Osmosis plant built
-Electricity poles installed
-Well dug
-Air conditioners for cabins installed

Whew! As you can see things are moving right along, and that's super exciting for us! For pictures check out the Camp Bahamas Ministries Facebook Page