Summer is in full swing here at Warren Willis Camp and Conference Center. We’ve been training a new crop of lifeguards and ropes instructors, preparing cabins and lodges, and putting the final touches on all the programming for Summer Camp 2019! Meanwhile, we continue to welcome guests each week at the conference center. It takes a lot of hands to make this place run smoothly, and we feel blessed that so many people are dedicated to the mission of this sacred place.
Last week, we had some special friends here at camp. Crystal River United Methodist Youth have become regulars around here. Each year, a team of young people and adult chaperones arrive on site at the beginning of summer to volunteer for a week of hard work. While many young people are spending the first part of summer break sleeping in and recuperating, these kids spend their days replacing worn-out roofs on our historic craft huts. They tackle the entire project: tearing off old shingles, replacing bad lumber, and recovering the roof with new materials. Members who return from year to year pass along their acquired skills and knowledge to younger kids who may be doing construction work for the first time. This year’s group even included a graduate of the program who now lives and works in the area.
Over the last several years, this special group of people has re-roofed nearly 20 buildings on the property! That’s a lot of roofing! Just last week, they fully restored three separate roofs and still had time left over to help us with some landscaping. This really is an incredible youth group and we can’t thank them enough for their efforts.
Thanks, CRUMY for all you do!