Camp hosts Paul Bunyan work day
January 09, 2014, 9:00 pm by Alexandria Randolph
A local camp is hosting a men-only work day to rally volunteers for a cause.
Camp of the Hills, a Marble Falls camp that has a primary mission to reveal the love of God to at-risk and inner city children, is gathering male volunteers on Saturday, Jan. 11 for a Paul Bunyan Weekend. Volunteers will begin a work day at 8 a.m. and will chop wood and do other outdoor activities, said camp Development Director Michel Thames.
"It’s a work day,” Thames said. "We’re trying to make it an annual event.”
Thames said the camp will be providing three meals to volunteers, as well as a lumberjack wood sawing competition and a special presentation by Executive Director Mel Bowman following dinner. Bowman has been with the camp for 19 years.
"He’s been a long time friend of the camp and comes to a lot of the events,” Thames said.
The event originally started as a work day for a few dedicated volunteers, but Thames said camp officials had bigger plans.
"They can bring their kids and make it a father/son kind of thing. We wanted to make it a time for guys to get together,” he said. "We’re trying to get a lot of local folks to come out.”
Thames said the event will help support volunteer work at the camp which offers "a Christian summer camp experience for kids who wouldn’t otherwise get to come to camp. We usually get underprivileged kids from urban areas. We can’t do that without supporters and volunteers.”
In addition to volunteers, chainsaws and tractors are needed for the work day, Thames said. Volunteers will be working to clear a few acres out of the 105 acres of camp property.
The camp is located at 1552 CR 344. For more information about Camp of the Hills, visit Campofthehills.org.
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