Care & Maintenance of a Summer Camp

the Buildings & Grounds Committee page

Work Weekend
The Basics
Last Year's Projects
Annual Tool Appeal
Work Day During Camp

© Trevor 2013

9:00 a.m. Sat. May 26 - 12:00 noon Mon. May 28

© Beki Greenwood 2012Over Memorial Day Weekend every year, the Buildings and Grounds Committee and other obliging souls gather at the Assembly for three days of maintenance and upkeep of the facilities. Work Weekend is an opportunity  to volunteer your labor and skills for the camp that you love... as well as to be at the Assembly during the off season!

All help is welcome and appreciated. Both skilled and unskilled workers are encouraged to participate. There's plenty of work for however many people show up. In fact, the more volunteers we have, the more projects get completed. New people are encouraged to join us. Previous participants know how fun it can be. All are invited. Free lodging and delicious meals are provided in exchange for your help.

If you plan to attend, please complete the sign up form.

The Basics

© Beki Greenwood 2010Every year, our great volunteers each put in at least six(6) hours of work every day, and receive full room and board for free.

The Work Weekend work crew always completes several major projects and quite a few minor ones from the B&G's To Do List. In recent years, the list has included: new stairs and railings down at the waterfront; removal of dead and/or fallen trees; repairs of winter damage to cabin roofs; replacing at least one cabin roof each year; jacking up various cabins that have settled; restaining the outside walls of various buildings including Whitehead Hall (pictured 2 photos up); cabin porch and deck improvements; painting; window repairs; cabin cleaning; deep cleaning of certain areas; finishing turning on the water system; and a host of smaller tasks.

© Trevor 2013The work of the eager Work Weekend volunteers is a major help to the care of the camp and a huge help to our budget. To give you an idea of how important participating in Work Weekind is: if we had to hire professionals to come in and do all the work that the Buildings & Grounds Committee and the other volunteers do over Work Weekend, it could easily run $50,000 or more each year!

© Trevor 2011

Last Year's Projects

May 27-29, 2017 saw about 20 adult campers at the Assembly hammering, sawing, constructing, deconstructing, shoveling, tamping, roofing, plumbing, digging, filling, raking, sweeping, cleaning, tossing, replacing, piling, leveling, sorting, scanning, and cataloging, among other things.

The Bellows and Faxon Cabins got new metal roofs; © Trevor 2017Chalmers Lodge got new glass windows on the front; the Kitchen got a total scrub down deep clean, and the eaves outside over the kitchen steps got new timbers in prep for new gutters; the Goddard Annex trim got a new coat of paint; a lot of raking and collecting of kindling got done; cabins were cleaned; and a whole host of other projects. Click here for photos. Dave Richardson was noticeably pleased at how much was accomplished.

Everyone at Work Weekend enjoyed the excellent meals, thanks to the planning, prep work, and able leadership of B&G Committee member Nancy Little who oversaw the meals and work list.

And with all that, there was still plenty of time in the evenings for socializing, various games and entertainment, and conversation among friends old and new.

A great big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who attended Work Weekend 2017! Thanks for your hard work, comaraderie, and cheerful participation in this very important event that saves us thousands and thousands of dollars every year.

"Solving the World's Problems"

© Beki Greenwood 2017


© Beki Greenwood 2010

Got any old tools lying around that you don't want or need, and you just can't bear to throw them away? We are always in need of any type of yard or hand tools you have no need for.

If you can't get them to camp yourself, please contact Buildings & Grounds Committee member Colgate Searle at colgatesearle and he will try to connect you with someone in your area who could bring them to camp for you.


Each Tuesday during the camp session from 2:30-4:30, the entire camp participates in Work Day. From the Sparks collecting kindling, to the Flames working on projects like screen repair and sticking doors, to Bonfires working on things from plumbing to vacuuming, and Embers helping out wherever they can, all together we get a mighty lot done to improve the Assembly grounds in those two hours each week.

If you notice something during camp that could use some attention, please be sure to bring it to the attention of one of the members of the Buildings & Grounds Committee.

© Jon Crowe 2018

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