Thursday, February 25, 2016

Zoom Meeting

Tonight we had a core  Campfire Council Zoom Meeting. A zoom meeting is an internet conference meeting that uses phones, smartphones, laptops, tablets to have a video conference. I can share what is on the screen with everyone. It's a great way to get together without  having to drive a long way.

We were discussing the changes in the Department of Health regulations, the need for a walk in cooler, and the camp website. I am running behind on the website, but hope to have it ready for them to look at by Sunday. And we should be able to go love soon after that. Registration may be a little delayed, but things are building momentum and I am looking forward to getting the word out.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Chamber of Commerce

Had my first Chamber of Commerce round table meeting. I think I may have overwhelmed them with my enthusiasm. I tend to get excited .

I met Dan Wilt, Peter Welch, Mayor Letty Rudes and Chris Turner. I talked about the program I want to run,  putting in a road on the lower part of camp, getting the sign out on Route 8 and a bunch of other camp stuff. Dan introduced me to the concept of "pickleball", and I might check it out in Wells Thursday night.

Chris talked about the Lake Pleasant Sacandaga Association- and I might look into membership. They are doing a lot of great work in keeping the lakes around here clear of invasive species and a  making sure they stay a beautiful  part of the area.

My favorite moment of the meeting was when Dan Wilt shook my hand and said "Welcome home".

After the meeting I bought a face cord of firewood from Jerry's Wood Shop.  A really nice couple - great to talk to. We talked about the camp, the Naysmiths and picnic tables. They supplied the wood slabs and the legs for the tables in the dining hall.
I cant wait to walk them around camp when it get's warmer.

Later today I meet with NBT bank to set up credit card service for the website and the "Camp Cafe" (camp store).

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Boot Camp

Joanna Warren Smith from Camp Consulting Services has been working with me to come up with a powerful message for our camp presence. wording on the website, our approach to marketing, all of this is being worked on. She is a fantastic resource and a tremendous help! I cant wait to add what she talked about to our website! I have another meeting with her soon.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Working on the website

Here is the background for the website- Wade Gugino ( married to an alumni and all around awesome person) of GooGenius (Applied Cartooning)  has been taking my visions and making them a reality.

I am using dreamweaver to put together the site, and thanks to Wade's artwork, it looks great. It will be a little shy of pictures, but after a summer we should have many great ones to put onto the website.

I am having issues with the server, and hopefully they will get it worked out. If not, I'm going to have to move everything to a new hosting company. It's a pain, but if they can't help me, then I am concerned about their service during the summer- what would happen if the website went down during camp? people wouldn't be able to register!

I hope to have everything ready by the end of the month

Monday, February 15, 2016

Campfire Council

1st official Campfire Council Meeting at camp!

I was finally able to clear out the clutter and get my house organized before the meeting.

On Sunday Stephanie and Richard Turnbull, Greg Rider, Judi Zollweg, Rita and Matt McGuire and David Sherman were here, and Beth Hoettels was here on Zoom Meeting.

What an awesome time. I am so excited to begin moving forward, but at the same time so overwhelmed. So much to do! Thankfully all of these people are excited and ready to help. We took a tour of camp, talked about issues and generally had a great time. It was nice seeing everyone - even if it was the coldest weekend of the winter!

Dave took alot of great pictures. Here are a couple.

There are a lot more pictures. I think they might be on face book.

Matt, Rita and Judi stayed later to help move stuff out of my truck and stuff off the porch.

I am so thankful for these people and their dedication to camp.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Settling in

Putting 15 years of stuff into a little space.

So much stuff- too many tools- it will take me forever to set up the camp shop. I want to re-arrange it so i can use it as a workshop /wood shop. And I need to get the office / main room organized.

I have a lot of meetings, and all kinds of stuff to do.

I had a conference call with camp docs yesterday. They will be the portal for camp registration and health forms. In the short term it's a lot of work, but in the long run it will give partens access to sign up and to change health information for their children. There are so many cool features, like taking a snapshot of your immunization records with your smartphone , rather than having to type or fax in that information.

Between Camp Docs and the Website- I have a VERY bust February!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Greg Rider

It was great seeing Greg Rider yesterday. It's hard to believe that I haven't seen him in 15 years, but just like talking to any of my camp friends, time doesnt seem to matter- you just pick up the conversation where you left it.

It's amazing to see how much he has grown. He is now the Camp Director  of Camp Y-Owasco, and it was great (and a little weird) talking shop. Since I have been gone for 15 years from NY, I will definately pick his brain in new DOH information and general camp stuff.

And it was just fun talking about camp memories and sharing. He was my first official camp visitor! I invited him onto the Campfire Council, and look forward to hanging out more with him on the porch this spring. Maybe I can even get him out fly fishing this spring.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Well, I tried to get the water on and propane heaters working. That was an adventure.

Originally there was suppose to be someone who could walk me through it, but they were unavailable, and I haven't been able to contact them about it. Finally Don Naysmith came to the rescue!

After the first call, I found the hatch to turn on the water. Reaching the curbkey is a bit of a challenge, but I was able to get to it. When I turned on the water, I could hear water rushing out somewhere in the closed in area under the cabin. I quickly turned it off.

After another call, I found out that there is a union under the cabin, and I would need to crawl under the cabin to get to it and reconnect it (it is disconnected so that this well does not connect with our other well and the rest of the camp water supply).

Fortunately Greg Rider was here, and provided moral support for me to crawl under the cabin. I had to crawl on my back under the cabin, with about 8 inches of clearance above me. I fixed the issue, and crawled back out. When I tried to climb out, I couldn't get over the mound of ice and snow- I was very lucky Greg was here to pull me out. I then turned on the water, turned on the well and -Voila- I had water.

It was a little cloudy, and I ran it for awhile. I was worried about pumping that much water into the septic, but Don assured me that the new tanks wouldn't have a problem with it.

It finally cleared up - now I can take a shower!

Monday, February 8, 2016

The final Move

 Driving down Struble road for the last time. (not the last time, but the last time as a resident of NJ). Wow- it was emotional.

I packed up some of the final stuff, loaded the girls (the pups) into Judi's car, and headed up north. It takes about 4 hours for the trip. When I got here i had to get the wood stove working and the heaters on. And then I started unpacking.

A lot to do- and a short time to do it.