Great News! The much needed new exhaust hood in the dining room kitchen is scheduled to be installed the first week of 2012. Thanks to all that help on this projected to make it happen and thanks to our Lord for providing our needs.
As 2011 comes to an end, we would like to thank each one of you that have helped the campground in any way, whether though your prayers, your financial gifts, working at the campground, working at a fundraiser, attending a fish fry or any other help however large or small. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts and God Bless each of you.
We would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas. Please take time to be thankful for the true reason we celebrate Christmas and the eternal hope of salvation we have because God gave his son as a baby to die upon the cross to save us from our sins.
The Board of Directors of the campground would like wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving. Please take time to thank God for each of the blessings you have received this year. Each breath we take is a blessing.
We would also like to take this time to thank each of you for supporting the campgound, whether it be with prayer, donations of time, funds, supplies, labor, whatever it might be thanks from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless each of you for your generosity.
Thanks to all the churches, organizations, groups, and individuals who make regular contributions to the campground. These donatations allow us to continue to complete necessary projects to complete the dining hall and the rest of the facilities. We appreciate if very much and may God Bless each of you. Thanks again!
If your church or organization would like more information about the campground, members of the board of dirctors are available to come speak to you. Just let us know by contacting us with an email or phone call and we will be glad to set something up.
Since there is limited camp activity over the fall and winter, it makes for a great time to get some large projects completed. We will be working over the winter to get the exhaust hood and fire suppression system installed in the kitchen. This is a major, but very necessary project. If anybody would like to help, please let us know. We will also be completing finish work in the dining room, as well as trying to get most of the wire pulled and the electrial work completed. We would also like to finish up the bathrooms. As you can see, there is lots of things to do and almost all of it is completed with volunteer labor. If you are skilled in any of these areas or just would like to help out in some way, contact us and will be glad to notify you of workdays.
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday, October 22 to work in the dining hall. We pulled some wire, got the vents installed for the furnances, worked finishing around the windows and started installed finish trim in the dining room. Thanks again to all that helped and God Bless each of you.
With the annual Parke County Covered Bridge Festival coming up in a couple of weeks, you may be scheduling your annual visit to shop, eat, look at covered bridges, and enjoy the fall foliage. If you have not seen the progress at the campground in a while, feel free to stop by during your Covered Bridge Festival visit. Let our caretaker know with an email and we will make arrangements for someone to be there. Have a great time during your visit.
If your church or organization in the Wabash Valley would like to know more about he campground, members of the campground board of directors are available to speak to you. Just let our caretaker know or send an email via this site and will contact you to make arrangements.
The campground board would like to thank everyone who helped move kitchen equipment today. Jack's Fine Foods of Brazil donated a commercial refrigerator and convection oven to the campground. Convection ovens are very heavy and it took many hands to get it safely moved to the dining hall. Thanks again to each of you, may God Bless each of you. We also finished up cleaning the range hood and also got it moved into the dining hall. The next project is to get it installed.
After an afternoon of work, the exhaust hood that the campground purchased was lowered from the ceiling of the former Brazil Legion, moved outside without a great deal of trouble and a lot of brut force, loaded into a trailer and moved to the campground where it awaits a lot of degreaser and power washing. Once it is cleaned, we will then start the process of getting it installed. We also moved a small comercial refrigerator that we purchased which will allow us to only have to use our large one when we have very large groups. Thanks to all who helped, God Bless each of you.
The campground has purchased some kitchen equipment from the recently closed American Legion in Brazil. This included a 12 foot range hood that we needed in the kitchen over the range, plus we were able to buy a stainless steel range. Also included was a 16 foot long serving line with both hot and cold serving areas and a small stainless steel refrigerator. The next project will be getting the hood down and moving it to the campground.
The priority project for late summer and early fall is the installation of the exhaust hood and fire suppression system over the stove in the dining hall kitchen. Board members and helpers will be working on this project over the next few weeks. If you can help, let us know.
The board would like to thank each one that helped with our August fish fry. Thanks to everyone who came out to eat, provided desserts, helped serve and clean up, and those that made donations. The proceeds will go to on going camgpround projects. Thanks again and God Bless each of you.
A big thanks to all the adults and youth from Michigan who spent a week installing the HVAC system in the dining hall. It was a very warm week working in the attic, but everyone prevailed and the system is almost ready to make cold air. Thanks to each person who helped with finances, the churches who provided food, the ladies who cooked the food, and everyone else who helped in any way. Thanks again and God Bless each of you.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the 4th of July Festival in Brazil. Thanks to everyone who helped serve, make noodles, cook noodles or in any other way. The campground will use the proceeds for ongoing projects at the campground. God Bless each of you.
Just a reminder that the campground will be hosting an all you can eat County Rhodes Fish Fry on August 6th from 4-7 at the campground. Come out, see all the work accomplished on the dining hall, have a great meal, fellowship with your neighbors, and support the campground.
A big thanks to everyone who came out on June 20 to make noodles to get ready for the 4th of July Festival in Brazil. With many willing hands, we were able to turn 15 dozen eggs and a lot of flour into noodles in less than 2 hours. Thanks to all that helped and God Bless each of you.
The campground will be selling homemade chicken and noodles July 2-4th at Forest Park in Brazil. Stop by and support the campground with a plateful or get some to go. If you would like to help serve, we can always use some help so let us know.
A group of volunteers from the Men and Women of Action will be at the campground June27-July 1 working on installation of the Heating and Cooling system in the dining hall. These folks are all donating their time to help with this project. We sincerely thank each of them for giving of themselves and their time and God Bless each of them. If anyone would like to help, please stop by and we will put you to work.
A big thanks to everyone who helped with our fish fry on May 14th. We had a great crowd, over 450 people were served. Thanks to everyone who helped, those that provided desserts, everyone who came and ate, gave donations, and offered up prayers. You are all a true blessing without whom the campground would not be what it is today. Again thanks to everyone and may God Bless each of you richly.
We do have another fish fry scheduled for the first Saturday of August, so mark your calendars and plan on attending.
A huge thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday, April 16 to work on the dining hall. The drywall was finished in the conference room, the ceiling and 3 walls hung in the men’s restroom, lights were installed in the dining hall, some electrical work completed, and some needed cleanup. God Bless each of you for donating your time to help the campground.
Just a reminder that the campground will be hosting a Country Rhodes Fish Fry from 4-7 pm on Saturday, May 14th. This fish fry is an all you can eat with chicken strips, shrimp, catfish, and walleye as well as all the sides. Dessert will be available at an extra cost. Cost for the fish fry is $8.50 per person and $6.50 for kids. Come and have supper with us and see all the progress over the winter on the dining hall.
We had another great workday at the campground on Saturday. All of the drywall in the dining hall has been installed with remainder of the ceiling being completed and some odds and ends that needed hung being completed. The ceiling in the women's bathroom was installed as well as wall drywall hung in the office. Everyone worked so hard we did not even stop for lunch. Thanks to everyone who helped, God Bless each of you.
A great big thank you to all the folks who helped hang ceiling drywall in the dining hall on March 26th. We have 95% of the ceiling completed due to their hard work. Thanks to Jim Huxford, Kenny Kincaid, Don Donovan, Peter Donovan, Clark Lohse and Bob DeCamp. While hanging the drywall, the ceiling insulation was also installed. Dan Baty kept busy working on the ongoing installation of electrical conduit and wiring. Now that the ceiling is mostly done, work will be concentrated on wiring, lights and finishing the bathrooms. Thanks to everyone for all your help and God Bless each of you.
It is getting camp season and we could use some help getting the campground ready. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the caretaker. We will clean to clean up the grounds, as well as clean up the cabins and shower house.
Thanks to all the guys who worked on March 12 to help hang the ceiling drywall in the dining hall. We were able to get half of the ceiling insulated and the drywall hung. The dining hall looks much different with the drywall up.Thanks to Peter Donovan, Don Donovan, Jim Huxford, Clark Lohse, Kenny Kincaid, Paul Reberger, Dale Jones and Bob DeCamp for all your help. God Bless each of you.
Don’t forget, we will be having a Country Rhodes Fish Fry at the campground on May 14th from 4-7 with the proceeds to go to campground projects.
Thanks to all the guys who came out on Saturday, February 19th to work in the dining hall. We got the platform built for the furnace that will heat the bathrooms and conference room. We started pulling the electrial wire for the dining hall and completed some other small projects. Our next big project is to start hanging the drywall on the dining hall ceiling. If you would like to help, let us know. Stay tuned for more info.
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The campground will be hosting a spring Country Rhodes Fish Fry at the campround on May 14th from 4-7. Join us for all you can eat catfish, walleye, chicken strips and popcorn shrimp and help support the campground projects.
Thanks to everyone who has made donations in memory of a loved one. We appreciate your support in the campground.
We had several people make donations to the campground at the end of the year. Thanks to each of you from the bottom of our hearts. Donations will be used to purchase materials to continue projects in the dining hall.