Opening AMC Camp Dodge

What an interesting winter here in the North Country. With spring like conditions in the middle of January and winter like conditions in April, who knows what is in store for the summer months. I was a bit nervous about getting the water on and Camp Dodge open by May 5 and 6 for the Trails Volunteer Leadership Training, but it looks like everything worked out just fine.

As you can see from some of the photos Dodge was still buried under snow as late as April 23rd. The tree that had blown down in the driveway caused quite a stir as well. Since then, the warm temps, some rain, and sunny skis had cleared out the snow rather quickly. Even Wildcat Ski Area stayed open until the 29th!

On Monday the 30th Ali (Projects Coordinator) and I headed over to Dodge to turn on the water and start to open up the camp. Over this past week we had help from a few volunteers. A long time Adopter of the Direttissima Trail, John Hicks, and his friend Ron stayed at Dodge for 2 days to help us open. John and Ron helped take of the winter shutters, clean out volunteer bunkhouses, and open up the kitchen. On Wednesday, another Adopter and Region Leader of the Royce-Baldface region, George Brown was able to help out as well. With George’s help, Ali and I were able to get all of the staff tents up on the platforms around the camp. By the end of the day, George, John, and Ron were able to tie down and secure all of the tents until the summer staff arrive.

A big thank you to the three volunteers that helps us open up

Camp Dodge for the summer season. It was fairly ambitious to open Camp Dodge for this May 5-6 program in one week, but we were able to make it happen. Camp Dodge will be open to all Trails Volunteers and Trail Adopters as of Friday, May 11, 2007. Please remember to call ahead to notify us of the number nights, number of people, and any meals that would be needed.

Thanks again, and I hope to see you around Camp Dodge or out on the trails.

-Alex