Wish List

There are a number of projects on the camp property that would add value to the property and improve the experiences of the campers who utilize the property. Depending on the nature of the project you take on, we would likely wave or reduce rental fees for the duration of the project.

If you or your group is interested in helping us with one of these projects, please contact us. At this point we are looking for volunteers who are willing to follow a project through from planning and funding to execution and will expect groups to submit a written proposal outlining their plan.

If you can think of a project that is not on this list, please let us know what you are thinking so we can determine if it fits within the camp mission. We would love to hear your ideas.

Short Term Needs

We are in need of the following items:

  • Paddle boat rudder
  • Smoke detectors
  • Kayak / canoe seats
  • Brooms
  • Propane tank gauges
  • Chain saw
  • Tractor
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap
  • Bear proof trashcans for the outer units

Lodges

Legacy

  • Path to parking lot
  • Purchase and install AED
  • Wall mounted commercial first aid kit
  • Carpenter bee mitigation and repair

Upper Palmer

  • Wall mounted commercial first aid kit

Lower Palmer

  • Bunk area – paint walls and install baseboards
  • Main room – waterproof and finish back wall, install kitchen
  • Wall mounted commercial first aid kit

Completing this project will allow Lower Palmer to be opened for rental as its own unit. Currently the bunk room is available to be rented in conjunction with Upper Palmer.

Ranger House

  • Fix plumbing issues
  • Clean and furnish

Restoring the Ranger House would allow it to be made available for rental.

Camp Buildings

Craft House

  • Excavate and repair foundation wall
  • Clean organize and inventory lower level

Completing this project will allow the traverse wall to reopen.

Oakwood Pavillion

Sometimes called the “summer kitchen”, Oakwood Pavilion is the structure overlooking the lake below Palmer. Friends of Golden Pond is interested in a group willing to remodel/refurbish and re-purpose the structure. Completing this project will turn the structure from an abandoned building to a camp asset.

Pole Shed

  • Organize, clean, and inventory
  • Repair damage to building

Camp Activities

Archery

Friends of Golden Pond would like to see improvements made to the archery range and is not opposed to re-locating the range to a more central location that supports additional shooting lanes. Relocating the range would also allow camp rentals of the outer units to not interfere with events taking place in Legacy.

At the very least, a better storage location for the archery equipment needs to be located – preferably one that is co-located with the range.

Watercraft

  • Repair leaking boats
  • Repair paddle boats
  • Better storage solution for kayaks
  • Storage solution for life jackets, paddles, and safety equipment that is closer to the boat launch
  • Improvements to the boat launch – pea gravel or other solution

Gaga Ball

  • Updated / permanent signage with rules and description of game
  • Mulch

Rifle/Pistol Range

We would be interested in seeing a proposal for adding a rifle and/or pistol range to the camp. As part of this proposal all applicable laws and regulations need reviewed and a suitable location needs to be selected.

Outer Units

Wald

  • Upgrade bathhouse to be co-ed
  • Clean roofs
  • Cut trees away from cabins/pavilions
  • Bear proof trashcan

Serendipity

  • Upgrade bathhouse to be co-ed
  • Fix tent flaps
  • Add to camp signs
  • Bear proof trashcan

Unit II

  • Upgrade bathhouse to be co-ed
  • Erosion control
  • Fire pit improvements – level or move
  • Improve or eliminate stairs
  • Clean gutters and moss from roofs
  • Bear proof trashcan

Lake

  • Erosion control in overflow spillway
  • Erosion control in stream inlet
  • Control of invasive plants
  • Signage
  • Investigation into permitting swimming. This task includes understanding the ecological, legal, and infrastructure implications of allowing swimming in the lake. What permits are required? What are the ecological impacts? Where would a swimming beach be located and what is the effort involved in creating it? How would this impact fishing and boating?

General

Trails

The trails around the camp are in serious need of revamping. Currently the official red trail goes through the flooded overflow spillway along with several other swampy areas. A new, sustainable, and marked path needs to be established.

Effort also needs to be made to ensure that unneeded/unwanted trails are returned to the environment and “shortcuts” are either eliminated or added to the trail system.

Road

Water drainage along the camp road causes erosion issues. The water needs to be redirected so that it does not run down the road and the road needs repaired.

A drainage pipe needs installed under the driveway at Eberle Rd.

Tenting Site

Locate and establish a tenting camp site

Invasive Species

Eradicate or control and mitigate the invasive species such as the honeysuckle, autumn olive, and Japanese grass.

Poison Ivy

Eliminate the poison ivy from high use parts of camp.

Fence and Front of Camp

Repair the fence at the front of camp.

Plant low maintenance, environment enhancing flowers/plants along fence

Composting

Investigation into the feasibility of establishing composting at the camp in order to reduce landfill waste.