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7/12-18/15 - Wonderland Camp

Sorry for the big delay in posts for so long. Our last camp had virtually no cell service for me, so I haven't been able to post for awhile. I'll try to condense this week's camp experience into a single post to let everyone know how awesome Wonderland Camp was for us. 

 

at six in the morning on the 12th, we woke up and saw the JoH guys off as they made their way for Milwaukee. Then we headed out for Rocky Mount Missouri.  

 

We stopped at the Missouri state capital on the way to stretch our legs and see a bit of Missouri history. Though my Mormon roots mean that my ancestral relationship with the state was rocky to say the least, it was still cool to see all the history and pride there.

 

An 8-piece senior citizen bluegrass band playing in a frozen yogurt/ tie-dye shop. Definitely one of the weirdest cool experiences I've had so far. 

An 8-piece senior citizen bluegrass band playing in a frozen yogurt/ tie-dye shop. Definitely one of the weirdest cool experiences I've had so far. 

When we got to the camp, we quickly became familiar with the Missouri summer heat and southern humidity. our cabin we got to stay in was by far some of the nicest amenities we've had the whole trip, and boy did we need it just to have a safe haven from the heat and moisture in the air.

 

our team worked on a few big projects this week, including a few cement slabs, a staircase, a big curved Retaining wall, and most importantly, two large sections of the famous wonderland trail that winds across and down the hillside from the camp to the lake to provide wheelchair access. 

 

Similar to what the slab site looked like before a few of us cleared it... 

Similar to what the slab site looked like before a few of us cleared it... 

...And after

...And after

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This week was by far the hottest, sweatiest, most grueling and physically intense work we have done so far, but the results were well worth it at the end of the week. 

 

Sloped hillside concrete slab  

Sloped hillside concrete slab  

Re-poured concrete floor slab

Re-poured concrete floor slab

Brand new curved, sloped retaining wall

Brand new curved, sloped retaining wall

I don't have any pictures of the steps or the finished 75 feet of raised walkways, but they should be on Facebook soon.  

 

Even more amazing than the projects this week though were the awesome campers we met. We had campers of all ages and all abilities, and spending time and playing games with them was an absolute blast. 

Dominique and Pamela, two of the campers I spent the most time with this week

Dominique and Pamela, two of the campers I spent the most time with this week

The most excited and enthusiastic camper I've ever met, and future arm wrestling world champion, Seth. 

The most excited and enthusiastic camper I've ever met, and future arm wrestling world champion, Seth. 

My date To the Thursday night dance, Bethany. She asked me on Wednesday if I would dance with her on Thursday, so I decided to surprise her by showing up at her cabin right before the dance started with flowers to pick her up and escort her to the dance. We had a blast dancing all night and I even got to walk her back to her cabin afterwords

My date To the Thursday night dance, Bethany. She asked me on Wednesday if I would dance with her on Thursday, so I decided to surprise her by showing up at her cabin right before the dance started with flowers to pick her up and escort her to the dance. We had a blast dancing all night and I even got to walk her back to her cabin afterwords

Our whole team had an awesome time doing some amazing work and meeting some incredible campers and councillors. Wonderland Camp has been such a great experience and Its hard to say goodbye, but it makes me even more excited to see what we get to do at Camp Riley this next week.

 

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- Ryker Belnap

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