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The end of an era.........

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Four weeks ago, Mennonite Disaster Service came to serve us.  Serve us they did.  Words can not easily express our gratitude, but we will try.  The cabins are farther than we had hoped, and the archery range is being used in the last week of camp.  From our perspective it was great partnership.  Summer camp was not at all impacted.  Besides mosquitoes and some cold nights there really wasn't much stress.

One of the biggest accomplishments was putting on our metal roof.  This will not only keep the cabins dry, but will allow us to finish the cabins right through winter.

Where do we go from here?  The Board will be evaluating the progress early in fall, and our goal is to finish these cabins so they can be used by our campers next summer with as much volunteer labour as possible.  If you missed out on the opportunity to help this summer, we will be having workdays through the winter and invite you to join us.

The archery range cabin being moved to the new site.



All our cabins are a…

We're almost done!

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MDS's time here at Evergreen is winding down.  There are only two days to go!  With your help we have gone further than we had hoped.  The cabins have been perfectly set up to finish with as much volunteer help as possible.  We will let you know as soon as we can when we will be looking to work on the cabins.

In addition to the cabins, MDS has done a fantastic job on our new archery range.

A close up of the deck.






Steps off the front that the campers will use to retrieve their arrows.


We will enter from the back of the deck.





Crestwood has fascia.


Sunwest now has a great ramp that will accommodate campers and guests who are in a wheelchair.





Middle of the Week

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Here we are in the middle of week number four.  While the outside of the cabins remains similar, MDS is still hard at work and we're hoping to keep them busy this week.

Doors and windows are now in.



We've started on the soffit.





Bunks are underway.  The plan is to cut all the material to length and then store them in each cabin.





And the archery deck and steps are almost complete.





Will We Run Out Of Work?

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Our final week of MDS has arrived.  Hank and Viola Remple are our leaders this week.  Don Plett, one of the MDS Board members is here as well.  The big question on all our minds is will there be enough work this week.

On Monday we started putting the windows and doors in.


The ramp underway on our second barrier free cabin.






And we can expect some more headway on the archery range as well.




Save some work for next week!

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We continue to be blessed by MDS.  The weather continues to cause a little stress!  Through it all we continue to be thankful!

Riverwest has been framed.



The rest of the cabins have been Tyveked!  (not sure if that is even a word!)


We are farther along at the end of week three than we had hoped for at the end of week four!  Windows and doors arrive tomorrow and we can hardly wait for the end of week four to see how far we've come!  We will most likely be standing beside ourselves!



Week Three - Wednesday!

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We had great building weather today.  Not too hot and so far no rain!  It looks like five of our six new cabins have a green roof!


Here is Riverwest first thing this morning....


And Riverwest by the end of the day.  It looks like we'll be ready for trusses on our final cabin tomorrow morning!


In addition Bob Thiessen (one of our board members from Edmonton) lent us his cat!  We're not talking a small furry one as we have far too many of those already.  We're talking a Cat that Rolf works his wonders with.  Rolf spent a good part of the afternoon clearing the new archery site.  Thanks Bob for making things a lot easier!




Week Three - Tuesday

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In spite of somewhat uncooperative weather, MDS continues to move forward.  By the end of Tuesday:

 - Two and a half cabins have a metal roof!


 - Three cabins have a front porch!

 - Riverwest has its floor insulated, sheeted and the first wall is underway!

 - The archery range has just about half the deck!


 - In addition five cabins have the rough electrical!

Let's continue to pray for safety and good working weather.  Thanks to all who have donated to keep MDS busy.  Please continue to support our project!



Week Three Day One - Monday

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Week three of MDS has begun.  In spite of the holiday, MDS rolled into camp last night with the largest group yet!  This group, except for our leaders Larry and Linda from Linden, AB, (yes that's a lot of L's) are made up entirely from King Road MB Church in Abbotsford.  We're anticipating a great week and hope that we can keep them busy!

They start off the week with five of the six cabins framed.  Riverwest is the final cabin to be built.



Sunwest was started late in the week and by Friday afternoon had caught up with the rest of the cabins.






And finally the last pictures of Dalhousie.




This week should see the metal roof on all the cabins, and the front decks built.  We will also be working on electrical.  Please continue to pray for safety on site as there is a passel of children again.

Family Camp ends today at noon and then we will have our much needed staff break.  Please pray for our staff that they will return refreshed for the final two weeks of summer.