The Christ Child Society of Portland made money available for Camp Howard to build basketball courts in 2010 with a little left over to go toward the cover which was installed in 2015. The three full sized basketball courts have been a game changer at the camp on rainy days and sunny days alike as the cover provides refuge from the rains and the sun.
When the busses for the summer programs arrive at the camp they unload campers under the Christ Child courts. The facility provides wonderful options for the camp from organization of people, sorting luggage on a rainy day, to all kinds of activities during the week rain or shine. Last year, arts and crafts took place on the other side of the blue curtains pictured below. #sistersblogs #cyocamphoward
Picture this! Four Sisters pull out their Les Schwab tire chains, get out the directions and put them on the car for practice in case they need them on the summit of the coast range. Lets step back a few paces and get the full picture. Sister Colleen Schmitt, Sister Alison Green, Sister Michael Francine and I had planned to go to the beach for Martin Luther King weekend. A nice four day relaxing weekend to play cards, and celebrate Sister Michael Francine’s birthday on the 16th.
One of the Sisters passed away and the vigil and funeral were scheduled for two of the days of the vacation cutting it in half. The ice and snow predictions were coming in full force and by 2:00 on Wednesday the 11th it was snowing hard and 6″ had dropped. I paged the Sisters and asked them to meet me in the parlor where we talked about making the trip that afternoon since no one was at the beach house, and stay till Sunday afternoon which would give us 5 days at the beach!!! Everyone was in. We packed our bags and met at the car in an hour.
When we got back to the car, we got out the chains and practiced putting them on. Seemed like a good idea to make sure we could get them on easily and that they fit the car. The Sisters were the dream team of chain gangs! They got them on and the hard part was tightening them up. We got it done, drove a short distance and tightened them again. We were good to go. Les Schwab puts out some good tire chains by the way!
We took the chains off and drove out to Murray Blvd., which was mostly open pavement. Our question was what would it be like on the Coast Summit? If we needed the chains, we were in good hands! We got past the memorial Tunnel and that was about where the snow and packed ice began. As things got slippy we switched into 4 wheel drive and said the Rosary. Thanks be to God, we made it fine! We drove slowly, no one was on the road but us….good time to travel…and for about 10 to 15 miles were were in snow and ice conditions.
A ways beyond Camp 18 we ran out of snow and ice and had a glorious 5 days at Cannon Beach. With two teachers in the group, we celebrated Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as news arrived that school was called for the following days.
Meanwhile, back in town…
Blanchet Catholic School 7th and 8th graders made a huge impact at Camp Howard today (April 18. 2013) as they spent a few hours helping clean an area of the forest floor. Picking up branches, limbs and fallen debris from wind and snow damage is a huge job that these small armies of youth make quick work out of.
Camp Howard is very grateful to Blanchet School for making the trip today and putting forth an exceptional effort! Special thanks to students and staff!
Making great efforts at Camp Howard!
Camp Facility Manager, Karen von Borstel, compliments Blanchet School youth to Blanchet instructor, Sheri Bashaw
This young lady is a great worker and future star employee at a business! 🙂