Catoctin Bath House Update

By March 25, 2017 May 23rd, 2017 General

Exciting times are afoot at Catoctin Quaker Camp as the new bathhouse project beings to take shape. Our new eco-friendly bathroom facility is the culmination of painstaking design, planning, and a whole lot of love from people far and wide who continue to contribute their support. We couldn’t do it without you! The new bathhouse is moving forward, and with it, our vision for a more sustainable future. That vision includes a dramatically lower environmental footprint, composting toilets that will save thousands of gallons of water in a single summer, and the kind of high quality construction that will stand the test of time. So just how far along are we?

With the camp season over last summer, it all started with the much anticipated Day of Destruction led by our very own David Hunter, Camp Property Manager at BYM Camps. Community members were given the opportunity to knock it all down as we said goodbye to the old and hello to the new.Next up: tree removal to make way for construction to begin. The lumber from these trees has been milled, and will provide some of the timbers used in the construction of both the trusses and the porch roof of the new bathhouse. Not only will this save us some money, it gives us the satisfaction and pride of knowing that we’re using our very own hyper-local resources. With the site clear, our contractors began the arduous task of excavation – no small task in a forest environment. Fortunately, there were no nasty unexpected surprises here, and their efforts were rewarded with one seriously big ol’ hole in the ground.Despite a wet and muddy fall which made work in soft, predominantly clay soil, a challenge, the footers went in as planned, and we all breathed a sigh of relief as the basement floor was finally poured. What followed was the completion of the footer drainage, below grade plumbing and electrical work, and – in a truly thrilling moment – the construction of the foundation wall.With the foundation wall finished, the large composters, truly the heart of our operation, were placed into position. After the composters were placed, the bathhouse floor was poured – with shower drains and plumbing installed. At the time of the publication of this post, the rest of the walls are rapidly reaching toward the sky as warmer spring weather allows for acceleration of construction with the less tricky phases on track for completion by the opening of Catoctin Quaker Camp for summer 2017!Though we’re optimistic and on schedule, in the unlikely event of continued inclement weather, or other unexpected surprises that hinder construction, BYM does have a contingency plan for mobile shower trailers to prevent an interruption to the Catoctin summer program.

The new Catoctin Bathhouse is very much a group effort that is coming to fruition thanks to the unyielding hard work of so many, and we would be remiss not to give a special shout out to David Hunter who has poured his heart and soul into this project from the very beginning. Of course, we also give thanks to Ann Venable, our super star Development Director who seems incapable of rest or reprieve until the lights finally flick on. Thanks to everyone who continues to support our mission. And be sure to stay tuned for more updates!

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