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Crystal Workdays May 21-22

April 20, 2021 Published by Neil Topliffe

Kids, youth and families are registering for summer camp. Families, pastors and church groups are anticipating retreats. Crystal Conference Center is set to begin preparations for a summer of safe activity at our favorite outdoor center.

You can help it happen and enjoy the day surrounded by the beauty of Crystal Lake and the inviting woods. Simply volunteer to help clean up the grounds, open the buildings, clean out the dust-webs on May 21 or May 22. Each day will have small work groups to maintain safe covid-19 protocols.

How do I Signup? Send email to Site Director Eric Strommer, estrommer@uccr.org. Tell Eric the day and time you will arrive and leave. Give the names of all who will be part of your group.

Will meals be available? Saturday includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you decide to stay overnight Saturday, let Eric know so he can determine lodging and breakfast arrangements.

What will it cost? Just your time, energy and hard work.

When should I show up? Saturday is the main day, all day. If available Friday afternoon, we can use you then also.

Who should show up? Work is oriented for adults. High school and middle school teens also are welcome. If families decide to come to help with camp preparation – you will need to stay in be responsible for and oversee family members within your own “bubble” group to maintain Covid-19 protocols.

What will we be doing?

  • Grounds work: raking leaves, brush clean-up
  • Tennis court set up and B-Ball fence
  • Cleaning inside dorms, cleaning mattresses
  • Cleaning Dining Hall
  • Opening and cleaning Oaks and Cedars
  • Setting up adventures course and tower
  • Putting out dock (big one) – weather dependent
  • Opening chapel and cleaning inside. Cleaning chairs
  • Opening Fellowship Hall and cleaning inside

What should I bring? Yourself and work gloves. Plenty of tools will be available but feel free to bring your own yard tools and cleaning supplies

Can we stay overnight? Yes. Let Eric know of your plans. Be sure to bring your own bedding, etc.

What can we expect with Covid-19 requirements? Families coming will need to be in their own rooms in dorms. Any work done inside will be done by family groups as much as possible. Masks will be required at all times inside buildings if there are non-family members around. Social distancing will be needed able. Meals at Dining Hall will be social distanced. Family members need to remain at separate tables (no mixing). Last year’s questionnaire will be the same/similar with daily checks on temperatures and health (showing symptoms?). When working outside, as long as distance is kept, masks will not be required.