For the past few years, we have shared some projects that we would like to do around the property, and many people have been very gracious and generous. As you know, our major project is the building of our lodge, and we were not sure if we should share other projects this year, We feel, however, that we cannot let other things continue to slide while we wait for the new lodge.
We currently have a 2007 Polaris Ranger and it get used hard. It was used when we bought it, and it has been used hard here at camp. We have been resisting buying a new utility vehicle because of the expense. However, in the past few years, we have replaced the transmission, rebuilt the engine twice, and blew a head gasket. In fact, as of this writing the Ranger is still not functional. Our utility vehicle gets used hard and sometime even gets abused. Summer staff and adults that come to workdays are often not as careful with an older machine. We would like to get a new machine that is a few years old to provide some reliable service for all the projects we have around camp.
Newer Utility Vehicle – $10,000.00
It is a major task to mow and trim each week, and we are very thankful for the volunteers and staff that help at camp. Currently we have gasoline string trimmers. The gas, however, must be mixed with oil for using in the trimmer. Inadvertently some unmixed gas was put in one of the trimmers this past summer. Of course, that ruined the small little trimmer’s engine. After camp a volunteer left a trimmer on the breast of the lake until he went up to get some additional string. When he left the trimmer, it rolled down into the lake and underwater. Perhaps you know that those small little engines were not made for under water. Because it is time to update our trimmers, we would like to go with some DeWalt 60-volt battery operated trimmers. We have heard good reports on how they work and they will eliminate some of the issues we have with inexperienced staff running the trimmers.
Dewalt String Trimmers and Batteries – $750.00
For many years various people have expressed some apprehension about going across the breast of our lake. We also have some concern and are even aware of some close calls. We have considered putting in standard wooden guard rails, but there have been some obstacles. If we dig any holes into the breast of the lake, we will need a permit from the Pa Dept of Environmental Protection. Recently an idea developed that would put Railroad tie type of timbers along each side of the lake. The timbers would be beveled together and secured along the driveway with rods through the timbers. We also plan to install lights along the sides of the timbers. I believe that this will not only be aesthetically pleasing but will also be a significant safety improvement. We have photo-shopped some timbers into the picture to give you an idea how it would look.
Guide Rails along Driveway – $6,500.00
When we built our storage shed (currently also be used as our chapel), we did not realize how much water comes off the ridge in front of the chapel. After a hard rain, it is not uncommon for water to seep in through the garage doors and we have a couple puddles of water in the chapel. Of course, it also happens in the winter the slope freezes and becomes very difficult to navigate. We would like to lower the slope of the hill and put drain grates in front of the chapel door to prevent the water from entering.
Lower Slope and Install Drain Grates – $2,500.00
We are thankful for the activities the Lord has allowed us to have for the campers. We have, however, realized that we need to have more activities that do not require direct supervision. This allows our staff to spend more personalized time with each camper. Before next summer’s camps, we would like to install an enclosed Dodgeball Court. Campers that have played this at other places say it is super fun.
Enclosed Dodgeball Court – $2,000.00
We are very thankful for the Lakeglide that the Lord provided. It is great fun, and we are convinced that it helps attack more campers. We would like to install a small lean-to on the left side of the structure. This small lean-to would provide a two-fold purpose. It would provide a place to neatly store the harnesses, helmets, trolleys, lanyards, and lobster claws. Currently they are stored in a bin, and it takes extra time to get them out and inspect each item every time we use the Lakeglide. The second advantage of the lean-to would be for putting on the harnesses. Sometime ladies like to wear the harness under their skirts, and it is very difficult to modestly and discreetly put the harness under their skirts. This would give them a place to go privately put on their harness.
Lean-to for Lakeglide – $2,000.00
We certainly realize that we have lots of projects in addition to the new lodge. We are honored that you would consider supporting God’s work at Servant’s Heart Camp. We originally had several more items on the list but decided to limit the list to the above six items. If you have any questions, please contact us.