Got hands? Camp Ocean Pines needs nails pounded

ktanner@thetribunenews.comApril 4, 2013 

Donors have provided materials for Camp Ocean Pines’ new bathrooms, but camp Executive Director Chris Cameron needs some volunteer hammer-swingers to help do the construction he hopes will be done before the busy summer camp season starts.

He’s set up framing days — in the style of an old-fashioned barn raising — for two consecutive Saturdays, April 6 and April 13.

Cameron quipped in an email soliciting volunteer helpers, “Wear your tie dye, put on an Amish straw hat and strap on your nail bags for a chance to make friends and pound nails for a good cause.” Work starts at 8 a.m., and lunch is provided. The public is welcome to join in, even at the last minute.

While Cameron can’t pay for work done on the bathroom-framing days, he is offering a bartering deal for those who can use it. He can trade the framer’s eight-hour day of skilled labor for credit applied toward 24 hours of a camping experience for whatever youngster the worker designates, be the worker’s own child, grandchild, other relative or foster child, or a neighbor or friend, or it could be donated to a needy camper.

Cameron said the attractive option could especially benefit young contractors who are temporarily between jobs or who can donate a Saturday or two worth of work to help the community’s camp.

The camp at 1473 Randall Drive was established in 1946, and is overseen by Cameron and a community board of directors. Facilities have been gradually upgraded at the nonprofit camp and conference center on 13 hilly acres of Monterey pine forest overlooking the ocean shoreline.

For details, contact Cameron at 927-0254 or

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