“Thank You” All Saints Students!

A huge “Thank You” to some of the students at All Saints School for helping CYO/Camp Howard out with our Camp Howard recruitment film this year.  The students could not have been more charming and helpful in sharing their experiences at the camp!  Way to go Ramblers!  Gratefully, Sr. Krista

Check out the link to our new promotional video for Camp Howard:

Gaining Experience on the Job

Every few years, a seasoned group of young camp leaders graduate from college and move on to their careers leaving spaces for new individuals to fill and gain experience in leadership.  The Unit Directors, Program Director & CIT Director make up the youth leaders at Camp Howard and most are pictured below with Camp Director, Nora Gravengaard, Asst. Director, Shawna King and Health and Safety Director, Leila Blakely.

Left to right: Maggie Miller (yellow), Anthony “Fergie” Fergusson (blue), Paige Alie (Orange), Emily Cochran (Gold), Hannah Duffy (Green) and Madie Parvankin (Orange) made up the leadership team.  Not pictured, Colleen Rooney CIT Director)

They all put some new “tools” in their personal toolboxes throughout the seven week experience at Camp Howard!  From the look of the smiles, they had a good time doing it.


Birdhouse Building at Camp Howard

One of the new additions to the line up of activities was bird house construction Session 6 at Camp Howard.  The bird houses were pre-cut out of 3/4″ pine in a traditional slant box pattern with bevels at the camp.  Campers assembled the houses with screws and glue then painted them in the color scheme of the original cabins at Camp Howard.  The Fircrest Unit of cabins was the original unit with 6 cabins.  The board and bat buildings are painted in a rust red paint with burnt orange trim.  All of the original buildings at the camp are painted in that color scheme.

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Camp Howard Begins 63rd Camping Season July 5, 2015

We are off to the races with the first week of our 63rd camping season in the books.  One hundred eighty campers made their way to Camp Howard via bus transportation and parent cars to engage in a weeks worth of fun, outdoor adventure, and a variety of camp experiences.

It’s not too late to sigh up for summer camp at Camp Howard.  We will be running through the third week in August.  www.cyocamphoward.org

Nurse Cindy and Camp Registrar, Nora, chat at the bus stop

Nurse Cindy and Camp Registrar, Nora, chat at the bus stop

Nurse Cindy talks to parents at Bus Check in

Nurse Cindy talks to parents at Bus Check in

Checking in the meds for each of five units of cabins.

Checking in the meds for each of five units of cabins.

Counselors wait for the busses to arrive

Counselors wait for the busses to arrive

Luggage Crew unloads the luggage before the busses arrive with campers

Luggage Crew unloads the luggage before the busses arrive with campers

Unloading Luggage

Unloading Luggage

Unloading Luggage

Unloading Luggage

Waiting for luggage trailer to return for a new load to a different unit of cabins.

Waiting for luggage trailer to return for a new load to a different unit of cabins.

I Went to Camp Howard Today….Here’s the Scoop…

This was a PERFECT day to go to Camp Howard.  There was actually dust on the road!  A sure sign of spring!  Karen, Bill, Candi, Leila and I meet almost weekly to work on our camp improvements for next year.  We are reviewing all of the procedures and we have topics we surfaced during camp last year to discuss In the off season.  Some of those topics include”

  • Keeping the Summer Staff Safe
  • Improving our Emergency Procedures
  • Make sure kids things are packed up properly before they return to Portland
  • and several other topics.

We worked from 10:00 until noon then stopped for lunch.  After lunch, before we started the afternoon session, we went on a field trip to check out the progress on projects.   I can tell you the kids will be jumping for joy with some of the improvements!


Kids Jumping for Joy!


Eagle Scout Project – New Overnight Location with fire pit, logs and sleeping area!


Candi Trapp, Bill Fogarty, Leila Blakely, Karen von Borstel


Mt. Hood between the trees at Camp Howard!

IMG_6528Fircrest Unit overlooking the Bull Run Reservoir

Update on Cabin Hit by Tree…

Winter Camp meetings have begun.  The leadership team for the summer program reviews notes taken at the weekly meetings during camp

in effort to make improvements.  At the conclusion of the meetings which lasted about 4 hours, we toured the camp to check on the progress

of the All Saints Cabin which had been knocked off its foundation by a tree.  Then we checked out the renovations inside of Champions Hall.

Special thanks to Candi, Leila and Karen for the great job they are doing making Camp “look great!”

Bill Fogarty, Candi Trap, Leila Blake, Karen von Borstel

Bill Fogarty, Candi Trap, Leila Blake, Karen von Borstel


Picking indoor colors for inside of Champions Hall. New wainscoting will be added after the painting is finished.


All Saints Cabin Update – Porch back in place, cabin on a new foundation and floor repaired!


Camp Howard Cabin Hit by Tree During Winter Storm – Wow…See What Happened!

You may wonder…”What happens after the summer programs and Outdoor School programs at Camp Howard? You might not know that Camp Howard is open all year round and people rent the camp for family events like weddings, family reunions, retreats, church picnics etc. During January and most of February we do a lot of interior work like painting walls and renovations. Right now Aldergrove Unit is being renovated on the interior. Bunks and walls are being painted, things are being spiffed up so that campers will come to the unit and really appreciate the new clean look.

During the winter we sometimes get strong winds. Generally nothing happens except branches might fall and litter the ground. But every so many years we get especially high winds and these extra strong winds take down trees that are diseased. We lost one tree to high winds this winter and it hit All Saints Cabin in Aldergrove. It knocked the cabin off its foundation and the porch came off. It was a pretty hard hit and I am really glad we did not have any campers in the camp when it happened.

You may be interested to know that most often the trees that come down in the wind storms are the Hemlocks.  Camp Howard is made up of mostly Douglas Fir, Oregon’s most popular crop tree.

The photos below show the damage that was done. We are in the process of fixing the cabins and my next posts will show where we are in that process. Check out these photos of the cabin and let me know your thoughts or reactions.


All Saints Cabin in Aldergrove unit was built in 1995. It was hit by a tree this winter and knocked off it’s foundation.



The rootball of the Hemlock tree that fell can be seen here as well as the “shadow” of where it lay prior to being sawed into “rounds” and removed to be made into firewood. The shadow is the sawdust!



The front of the cabin shows the porch off to the right, the stairs upside down to the right and the porch sitting at an angle to the front of the door. “Light still works!”



The fascia board hangs from the building by a few nails and the building has a number of issues that must be addressed.



When the building was thrust against the tree and moved off the foundation, it continued its downward movement and part of the foundation came through the floor of the cabin.



Another area where the foundation punched through the floor



Even the garbage can did not escape a “crunch!” Wrong place wrong time!