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Weekly Report for Camp Assiniboia

August 15, 2016

Weekly Report, Camp Assiniboia Week 4

August 7 – 12, 2016

This was the fourth and final week of the Family Project at Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Camp Assiniboia.

We had three families from Saskatchewan; one each from Cartier, Starbuck, and Grunthal MB; one woman from Alberta and Tony again from Winnipeg. Art was the Project Director, Jacqueline the Office Manager and Dave and April and their grandson Edward were the cooks.

Throughout the Project the Camp’s Maintenance Director and MB Unit member, Peter Enns, provided on-site coordination together with Camp Manager, David Hogue; while MDS’s Ken Loewen organized and assisted as required. This week at Camp was an Adults with Disabilities (ADV) week. Many of the campers were interested in the building of the cabins or just in getting to know new people and so some cool relationships were formed between the MDS volunteers and campers.

A lot was completed this week! Staining the interior pine boards was finished and more were clear-coated for completing the verandas’ open ceilings. The exterior doors were installed and all windows and doors were foamed. The soffits and fascia were completed and all cabins were house wrapped. By the end of the week, about 95% of the siding was done.

The dropped-floor bathroom and utility areas were externally weather proofed and internally sealed, insulated, shimmed – ready for the sub-floors – and 1 of those 4 was also done. Externally, only a little siding and the steps are left to finish. The kids were a massive help in cutting and delivering the Hardy boards as well as keeping the worksite clean.

When construction was slow for the kids they were kept busy with trips to the barn to see the bunnies and chickens, a tour around the camp’s Tasting Garden (where they got to try various herbs and fresh vegetables), zip-lining, archery and swimming. They were especially keen on playing Pitball (or Gagaball, which is similar to dodge ball but in a small arena) and would inhale their snack so that they could go play during every break. A highlight was the group outing to get ice cream from Ko’s in Headingley, as the group from Saskatchewan heard that it had “the best ice cream in the world!” or perhaps was when Janet and April surprised us with Freezies and ice cream from afternoon snack on Thursday. We sure had a lot of ice cream this week, but with weather this hot we certainly enjoyed it!

Yes, there some internal finishing work has been left for more volunteers to complete the cabins in time for their initial November 1 bookings; but the MDS Family Project gave Camp Assiniboia a huge boost of inspiration and facilities.  A special “Thank You!” goes to the Springstein Mennonite Church.  They provided RV sites, sleeping accommodations, recreation & relaxing facilities, the kitchen for breakfasts, suppers & snacks – even the eggs- as their contribution!

Praise be to God for this Family Project experience and the program potential it has given Camp Assiniboia!

Submitted by Ken Loewen and Jacqueline Giesbrecht

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