Spring is finally here and last weekend we put out the call for volunteers to help with our annual spring camp clean up. We held this annual event on May 3rd and had a great turn out. This event brings volunteers and staff down to Cedar Lake to get the property cleaned up and ready for the spring/summer season. As is true to form of MUCC members and those connected in the conservation community people came out in droves. On Friday the 3rd, more than 50 volunteers give a full day of work towards prepping the camp.
We had 11 employees from the Chelsea Proving Grounds Chrysler-Fiat organization donate their time to make a difference down at camp. This is the 6th year this group has come out and they always are ready to work and help make a difference for the kids. The Chrysler group worked on cutting a couple of large trees we dropped over the winter so the campers will have firewood, they also put in the dock and helped to start building our low ropes challenge course.
While they were focusing on their work, we had staff from MUCC headquarters including Amy Trotter, Nick Green, Ian Fitzgerald, Logan Schultz and Morgan Warda working in the lodge to get it prepped for the season. This group stained upgrades to the archery range cleaned bathrooms and cabins and pitched in by scrubbing all of the stainless steel in the kitchen including the chest freezers and the ovens and stove. Overall, the volunteers filled a dumpster in less than 2 hours and they were tearing through the assigned chores. We also installed a new three-compartment sink and continued the renovations on the art building and health office.
Other groups of volunteers were working on the grounds, and general sprucing up of the cabins. They worked on raking and blowing pine needles off the roofs and did a bit of brush hauling. Groups representing Southeastern Michigan Conservation Club, Chelsea Rod and Gun Club, Livingston County Wildlife and Conservation Club, Metro-west Steelheaders, Huron Sportsman Association, as well as some of our previous staff and campers were out in force and getting things done.
Camp started the weekend with a chore list of more than 30 things and with the help of our volunteers, we were able to accomplish each thing on the list. With everyone pitching in and donating their time, the camp is in fine shape as the season draws near. It was a great event!
Now that the facility has returned to its early season form, we will be turning our attention to filling the last few camper registration spots. We still have some availability in camps for the 9-11-year-olds and we still have several spots for our fully sponsored (free) Riley Wilderness Youth Camp. To sign up or for more information visit our website www.mucccamp.org
We also have a few PAID staff positions we need to fill including male and female counselors and a Waterfront Director. If you are looking for a summer job working with kids and being outdoors, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org!