On November 15, 2018 a severe ice storm hit Camp Blue Ridge in Montebello, Va. This storm caused devastating damage to instrumental portions of the campus. For the past six months, leaders have been working tirelessly to restore optimal function to the beloved camp.
A crucial component at camp, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the sewer treatment plant. The storm caused catastrophic damage to the plant and, after an assessment by state officials, camp leaders have decided to move forward with a containerized treatment plant, which will be more efficient and environmentally friendly. With the new system being cutting edge in technology and function, the manufacturing process is taking longer than expected.
In working with Virginia’s Health Department and the Department of Environmental Quality, the system must be completed and functioning before a permit for official camp operation can be issued. Due to this situation, summer camp must be cancelled and other events postponed. Leadership looks to reopen the camp for ministry in the Fall of this year (2019).
In the wake of this storm, the camp continues to bustle with activity as leaders and workers, dedicated to the ministry of the camp, pour their time and energy into making significant improvements across the campus. Currently:
- the interior of the Town Hall building is under a full re-modeling process and a new roof is being installed;
- new roofs have been installed on all cabins, the cafeteria and the director’s home;
- the motel and tack shed at the horse barn will also be getting roof replacements;
- the camp’s welcome and registration center has been remodeled;
- cafeteria bathrooms are under construction, including replacement of floor beams and a total overhaul of the interior;
- a new multi-purpose building / gymnasium is being designed for more meeting space and indoor play during inclement weather;
- and steps are being taken to ensure buildings on campus are equipped with proper insulation.
Additionally, leaders have plans to repave and gravel roads, remodel the motel and replace water and sewage lines as funds become available. Leadership is anticipating a grand reopening celebration once the camp’s upgrades have been completed.
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