Can you help? You are needed to help move camp belongings from Pilgrim Hills to Templed Hills: December 16, 17, 23 and the week between Christmas and New Year.
Contact Site Manager Jeff Thompson for details or to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-398-3746. Thank you!
A dynamic team, led by a devoted and experienced volunteer, works every day to ready the Ohio Conference’s Templed Hills Camp in Belleville, Ohio for re-opening early in 2018. You and your work team can help, especially between now and the end of January to prepare spaces for groups coming to Templed Hills in February.
Jim Ditzler, construction coordinator and chair of Camp Operations Team, works alongside Jeff Thompson, camp manager, and Joyce Oyler, transitional outdoor ministry coordinator. Jim plans, orders supplies and furnishings, arranges contracts and contractors, supervises the work, supports volunteer work crews, and rolls up his sleeves to work alongside everyone else.
This team formed after the Board of Directors sadly made the decision last February to sell its Pilgrim Hills property in Brinkhaven, OH and move all camp and retreat ministries to Templed Hills beginning in 2018 with the continued help of ministry partner, United Camps, Conferences and Retreats.
The team is working on many improvements at Heritage Hall (a retreat space for groups up to 24 also known as “The Barn”) including thorough cleaning of all surfaces, replacement of rest room facilities, removal and replacement of paneling, painting, a new handicap-accessible entrance ramp and deck, improved parking area, new lighting, and a satisfactory air quality report. New beds and mattresses are on the way.
Wanting to create opportunities for family retreats as well as youth camps at Heritage Hall, bedrooms will be outfitted with one queen bed plus bunk beds. The team will preserve the rustic features of the old barn structure. The basement area has been completely cleared and painted.
At Memorial Hall (dormitory-style rooms that sleeps up to 48) the team has cleaned and sanitized the building by removing all soft materials such as carpet, cushions and mattresses. The old rest rooms have been gutted, and all fixtures and lighting will be replaced. The team will also replace carpeting throughout both floors and all bedrooms. Carpet has been chosen and will be installed when ceilings and wall painting are completed. Lighting has been improved with LED fixtures; heating vents are being replaced; new lounge furniture and wider, more comfortable beds will be placed throughout the facility. Poor fitting doors will also be replaced, and plans have been approved to install a solar array on the roof.
Renovation of Skipper Lodge, a building which houses both sleeping facilities and the camp’s dining hall, has taken an intense amount of labor, particularly in the dining space. The team has replaced the walk-in cooler with a more efficient one as well as lighting and ceiling materials. Tables, counters, shelving, and equipment for the kitchen are being renovated. The heating system has been replaced.
The team will install new handicap accessible restrooms for the dining level at Skipper, along with improved storage spaces as soon as possible. The lower level sleeping areas are completely renovated and repainted. A mixture of new beds and some bunks to be moved from Pilgrim Hills will provide for this large group sleeping area.
To facilitate the best and most effective management of Templed Hills, the team has dramatically improved the maintenance building by adding electricity and insulation. The space is prepared for housing repair shops and many kinds of outdoor equipment. Thompson and several friends are working to prepare the manager’s house into which his family will move by the end of December 2017. The house will have heating and air conditioning, improved electrical service, replacement of cabinetry and a host of other renovations.
An attractive mobile unit has been set up on the grounds as lodging for staff as needed. Internet service has been ordered. Truckloads of furniture, tools, supplies and equipment are being moved daily from Pilgrim Hills to Templed Hills.
During the winter and early spring months, attention will shift to repairs and improvements to cabin areas, including a lot of work on the bath houses. Tree-cutting volunteers are removing many overgrown and dead trees and preparing the wood for sale. Swimming pool improvements including the water circulation system are underway.
This team and so many volunteers have done a tremendous amount of work — yet there is much more to do. Volunteer groups have many wonderful opportunities to assist in this important endeavor. Jim Ditzler can tailor projects to fit the skills and interests of your group. For example, he challenged one group to make all new window coverings for Memorial Hall. A recent crew of volunteers disassembled bunks at Pilgrim Hills in order to move them to Templed Hills. The team will need volunteers at Templed Hills to put them back together!
Many thanks to all who have been involved so far. As soon as you can, gather up friends, members, neighbors and family to donate your time and skill to this effort! Contact Jim Ditzler at email@example.com or 330-44-3318, or Jeff Thompson at 740-398-3746 for more information.
Thank you for prayers and labor and all manner of gifts to renew the Outdoor Ministry portion of our Faith Formation Ministry in the Ohio Conference!