Monday work

Nikki & I started in on finishing painting in eggshell some interior doors that were laying in the bedroom; last week's group had painted all the trimwork in that room, and the bi-fold closet doors, but there were 2 wooden doors that still needed done (which Mister Bob bragged he'd gotten for $20 each at…

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Breakfast and gathering supplies

Since I signed up to help cook breakfast, I had to report to Sid in the kitchen by 5:00, along with the 3 others who had signed up. Sid is a former Navy cook (in fact, he reminds me a lot of Uncle Charlie on My Three Sons – he was a Navy cook, wasn't…

Orientation and work assignments

  New mural After our walk, we had time to freshen up finally from our bus ride, take showers and a little nap time. Bruce took a photo of the new mural on the front of the building (new since last year, that is. You can see all the other murals here). Dinner was served…

Camp Victor tour

Getting name tags As soon as we arrived at camp and unloaded our bags and stuff from the bus and into our new bunkbed "homes", we were given our name tags and wristbands, and then we were led on a tour of the camp building.   Distribution Center Food distribution We saw the Distribution Center,…

Mississippi Redux

  Mural 5 We've signed up to go back to Mississippi this winter! I guess we must've done a good job of expressing our passion about the work we did last year, because both of the kids are joining us on the trip this time, as are some people from our congregation. It's been over…

Art at Camp Victor

Friday afternoon, since we got done a little early, I took some time to photograph the murals all over the front of Camp Victor. Enjoy! First, the interior artwork: many (probably most) of the groups who have passed through Camp Victor since it opened last summer have left their mark on the walls by way…

A symphony every night …

After the teams were organized and we made arrangements to meet in the morning, it was almost 10:00, which is bedtime at Camp Victor. All dorm room and hallway lights are turned out at 10:00 on the dot, and no noise or conversations are allowed except in the dining hall, where the lights are left…

FEMA

FEMA Camp Victor is home to 3 cats (for keeping away mice) and 2 dogs (for keeping away miscreants). Here's a picture of the cat named FEMA. She had been found injured near the camp (she lost an eye), and the camp staff nursed her back to health. They told us they had named her FEMA because…

Camp Victor

On Monday evening after spaghetti dinner in the mess hall, there was a mandatory orientation session for anyone whose first day it was (i.e. us). There they told us how Camp Victor came to be. Christus Victor Lutheran Church is a church on Rt 90 in Ocean Springs. When Katrina hit, the church staff was at…