Hosting over 550 campers and 50 staff for twelve weeks during the summer takes a toll on the Wildwood property and facilities. Luckily for us, we have amazing property staff who take great pride in ensuring the facility always puts its best face forward.
This year the focus was on the Dining Hall, a building we all know and love. The first order of business was to repair a hole in the kitchen floor which developed last summer and was a result of many years of moisture wicking from concrete to wood beams. This causes rot to develop at the ends of the boards, which leads to cracked tiles and sinking floor. To make the repairs, our property manager removed a section of tiles, cut through old hardwood floor, and revealed the trouble beams underneath. After removing the damaged pieces, the area was reinforced with treated lumber which should resist moisture damage for many years.
The outside of the building is seeing some improvements as well. New window screens are being installed so that everyone can enjoy the breeze with the windows open during meal times. Previously each window was equipped with its own screen which was matched to that window. Those screens were difficult and costly to repair. The new screen frames cover a group of windows and are easily removed and repaired.
This is just a small fraction of the work being done to get Wildwood ready for summer 2016. Come visit us at an Open House event to get a glimpse before we officially kick off summer camp. See you there!