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Preparing for Winter

We’ve been busy over the last several weeks taking care of the island, buildings, and boats and securing the camp for winter.  Our annual Sloan Critchfield Boat Workshop Weekend was productive and fun, as always.  Many thanks to our terrific volunteers who scraped and painted the boats.  It’s not glamorous work, but it’s incredibly helpful.  Our fleet is now tucked away and in pristine condition for next summer.

The day before our volunteers arrived our beloved KWS was discovered by a Good Samaritan floating aimlessly around Oak Island. The chain that secured her to the anchor in the cove had broken, and off she went.  Ben retrieved the wayward launch and found that the heavy chain was still attached to the boat, along with the buoy.  A D.I.V.E (Dive Investigate Verify Extract) team was dispatched during the weekend and secured the chain and anchor.

The day before our volunteers arrived the KWS was discovered by a Good Samaritan floating aimlessly around Oak Island. Ben retrieved the wayward launch and found that the heavy chain was still attached to the boat, along with the buoy. A D.I.V.E (Dive Investigate Verify Extract) team was dispatched during Sloan Weekend and found that a shackle had come undone down by the anchor. She is safe and sound, now, on the mainland for the winter.

Rhoads Miller, Rip Swan, and Dan (brother-in-law of Jay Steiner) repaired the embankment and replaced the top logs at the dory dock during the Boat Workshop Weekend.

Rhoads Miller, Rip Swan, and Dan (brother-in-law of Jay Steiner) repaired the embankment and replaced the top logs at the dory dock during the Boat Workshop Weekend.

Work completed on the south side of the kitchen building with a decorative flair provided by contractor Dan Trembly.

Work completed on the south side of the kitchen building with a decorative flair provided by contractor Dan Trembly.

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End of the line.  Flower boxes loaded on the KWS at the kitchen dock.  They will spend the winter in Brunswick and Emily will plant them again in the spring.

End of the line. Flower boxes loaded on the KWS at the kitchen dock. They will spend the winter in Brunswick and Emily will plant them again in the spring.

Heading for the public landing with the outboard in tow to meet Alan Drinkwater to haul out the KWS for the winter.

Heading for the public landing with the outboard in tow to meet Alan Drinkwater to haul out the KWS for the winter.

The empty cove.

The empty cove.

The dory moorings and swim floats on the beach.

The dory moorings and swim floats on the beach.

Headed for the coast for the winter.

Headed for the coast for the winter.

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Our Sloan Critchfield Boat Workshop Weekend was great fun and productive, as always.  Much thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers!

 

 

volunteer weekend and an article worth reading

We have a full crew of alumni, campers, and friends headed up to camp tomorrow for the Sloan Critchfield Boat Maintenance Workshop!  This has proven to be a fun and productive weekend throughout the years.  Great Pond is beautiful in September.

Every now and then we come across an article that aptly expresses our feelings about the value of summer camp.  The Huffington Post recently published an article called “What’s Needed to Prepare Your Child for the Future? The Answer May Surprise You…”.   It’s a worthwhile read for all parents.

We hope our campers are off to a great start in school!

Akka Lakka!