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The first week here at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp was a success. We had a youth group of eleven come from Pennsylvania and they set the bar high for future groups. They brought a wide range of skills, all had a hard work ethic, and their attitudes remained positive throughout the entire week.
For the first part of the week we started a 500 ft. pipeline trench leading from the water supply to storage tanks. Also we had a group that cut down trees to thin out the woods for fire mitigation. The wood that was cut was then carried to the wood piles and stacked so that it can be split for fire wood for the camp. Thursday and Friday the group used a wood splitter and started work on some roofs for the staff cabins. They also replaced several outdoor steps that were falling apart as well as added a new set of steps for a trial.
Recent news is that this past week a stage 1 fire ban has been placed on the county. This means that all fires must be contained in a fire pit and carefully watched. As of now, we can still use chainsaws, but if things get any worse, chainsaws will not be permitted anymore.
During the evenings, we often shared in a time of devotions and we went on several hikes. By Thursday, they were getting used to the altitude and we took over a two hour hike up to the Crags after supper and were able to see the first part of the sunset from up on top of the mountain. Wednesday evening, we spent time telling stories from MDS. We felt this was important because this is not a typical MDS site in many ways. We were able to share ways that MDS has touched others’ lives as well as our own.
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