The Small but Mighty Spring Round Up
Saturday, April 17th, volunteers were onsite at Camp Ondessonk for Spring Round Up. We were incredibly excited because this was our first Round Up event in over a year! Due to COVID-19 precautions, Spring Round Up looked a little different this year – we limited the number of volunteers to 50 (a typical Spring Round Up is 90+ volunteers); everyone wore masks inside the barn; we moved saddle cleaning and oiling outside (until it started raining); staff preassigned work projects and kept work groups to less than 10; lunch was a pack-out lunch instead of a Dining Hall gathering; and lastly, the big campfires, group dinner, and pie-the-face contest were postponed to future Round Ups – all of which we are very much looking forward to incorporating again!
Our volunteers worked extremely hard and knocked out every project in record time. The following were completed:
- Grooming the horses to remove their winter coats and unbraiding their tails
- Trimming the horses’ feet
- Cleaning and oiling the saddles
- Building a floor, light, and 3 additional cubbies in the “Horse Adventure Stall” where campers store their luggage
- Restoring the round wooden pen
- Repairing all the wire fencing and clearing the debris
- Swapping the barbwire for barbless wire
- Constructing a fence by the duplex so the pastures by the Dining Hall can be used again
- Mending the broken, falling, or sagging gates
These jobs were a big feat for our small but mighty Spring Round Up group, but they rocked it! The equestrian and program departments feel ready for summer because of their work. Typically, Round Up serves to prepare our stables for the big task that is summer camp, but this year it also served as a great reminder of the Camp community’s everlasting support.