Sends us your email and ideas

We have more than 300 emails for camp alumni, but over the last couple of years some of you have moved or changed your email accounts.

Please send your new email and emails of other alumni to so that we can update our list of camp alumni.

If you have an idea for a blog entry or wish to contribute other material like letters, recipes, diary entries, trip maps. . .send them my way.

If any links are broken, please tell me.

And don't be bashful. It's OK to comment. Really. It's OK.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New cabins at Camp Stephens (updated Sept. 14)

Here are a couple of recent photos of  a new cabin built this summer at Camp Stephens. They were taken by Ana Rancourt. "They are built here and there in between the old cabin and they face the lake," Ana says.

During this year's work weekend a group of us insulated the walls of the four new cabins and began putting up the plywood interior. Additional work includes exterior railings and steps. Once the cabins are OK'd for kids the worst of the older cabins will be torn down.

Discussions continue on what to name the new cabins. There are a couple of old cabin names that may bite the dust, like Wigwam. Names like this reflect a different time at camp when aboriginal folklore, as seen by the white man, was central to camp programming.

Also, the cabin renewal fundraising campaign still continues. The goal is for of one or more of the new cabins to be sponsored by alumni. More information will be supplied soon.

For a little history on the cabin line, check out this earlier post If I Designed Mudjikiwi.

Here are a couple of other photos Ron Tomasson and I took of the new cabins during work weekend.

Other work included repainting the dining hall floor and installing flooring in the camp office in  Lount Lodge.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Power Hour

From Steve Allen at Camp Stephens:

"These are some guys from Hydro who were replacing our submarine cable to our island.
"This cable had originally been put in 1961 and provides all the power to our island traveling from Town Island to another island and then to us.
"These cables usually last around 20-25 years so I guess we got lucky
with ours.
"They also had to fly in a (new)transformer by helicopter."