Cabin Work Week
Volunteers are actively engaged in working to stabilize the Civilian Conservation Corps built group cabins. As there are six remaining group cabin sites, each with 6-8 cabins along with supporting structures, this is a large and time consuming effort. It is expected to take several years.
Cabin Work Week was launched in 2018 as a way to bring focus to the preservation effort. Fifteen volunteer RV's were invited to participate. They would receive a complimentary campsite for one week (now up to 2 weeks) in exchange for working on the cabins. This effort proved invaluable (see Cabin Work Week 2018 for more information) and has now become an annual effort.
While the main focus of the project has been Cabin Work Week, it has become apparent that this two-week effort wasn’t sufficient to achieve this goal. Now, as Cabin Work Week approaches, a few local volunteers are solicited to help prepare for the large number of volunteers that are planning to come to the park. Prior to the start of Cabin Work Week, at least half the cabins need to be painted to ensure success. A variety of efforts converge to achieve this result. This approach proves extremely worthwhile and as it turns out, closely matches the actual CCC's use of Locally Employed Men (LEMs). In addition, a group of volunteers get together the week before Cabin Work Week to secure and position supplies to support Cabin Work Week so that effort can hit the ground running the morning of its first work day. All of these efforts fall under the umbrella of the Cabin Work Week Preparation Project.
Cabin Work Week 2022
Cabin Work Week 2022 has been announced. We will focus on the 3rd Branch group cabin area at the Swift Creek Camp. This area contains a leader cabin, 6 cabins for youth, and a central lodge. All of the structures are in need of repair and painting. We need volunteers willing to do carpentry, painting, roofing, screen repair, etc. Don't worry if you don't have the skills, we will teach you. The dates are: October 30 - November 11, 2022.
Many volunteers come to camp with us for a week or two.
They receive a campsite at no cost in exchange for working on the project. Other volunteers come for a day or two. Everyone is welcome.
Youth groups use these cabins as an important part of their program today just as they have since the 1930's. Please help us stabilize them so that they can continue to help youth gain an appreciation of the outdoors for another 80+ years.
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